First look: Campagnolo Potenza groupset

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 3:20pm
Category: Road

This is the brand new Campagnolo Potenza road bike groupset, a mid-range mechanical group aiming to go head-to-head with Shimano’s popular Ultegra system.

It’s a great example of trickle-down technology, with Potenza borrowing many of the technologies found in the company’s high-end Super Record group.

Only available in mechanical form (so no electronic), Potenza highlights include:

  • Campagnolo Embrace technology in the rear mech to improve drivetrain engagement
  • a fluid shifting front mech which is shaped to improve downshifting
  • a crankset that uses Campy’s Power Torque axle which allows for easy removal of the crank
  • ErgoPower handlebar controls which are more ergonomic and have this redesigned hood offers a more comfortable riding position

Campagnolo Potenza groupset on the Chain Reaction Cycles website

Campagnolo Potenza controls

Campagnolo Potenza controls
The Potenza 11 Ergopower shifters offer an amazing amount of technology and sophistication for a groupset at this price point. With your hands around the Potenza 11 shifters you can rest assured you are in perfect control no matter what the road throws in front of you.

  • Multi-shifting technology allows you to upshift up to 3 gears at a time
  • Ergopower shifters maintain the fantastic ergonomics of the entire Campagnolo 11 speed line
  • Hypoallergenic silicone material hoods offer even better grip and comfort

Campagnolo Potenza rear mech

Campagnolo Potenza rear mech
The Potenza 11 speed rear derailleur incorporates top-end performance and technology to make it one of the best performing derailleurs on the market. It is now also incredibly versatile thanks to the fact that it is offered in a medium cage that works flawlessly with the new 11-32 cassette.

  • Upper body in ultra-light techno polymer reinforced with glass fibre
  • Multi-shifting technology allows you to upshift up to 3 gears at a time
  • Embrace technology for better drivetrain efficiency

Campagnolo Potenza front mech

Campagnolo Potenza front mech

The Potenza 11 front derailleur features many of the same technologies found in Campagnolo’s top-level groupsets to offer the best shifting experience possible.

  • New one piece steel cage
  • New cage mounting position
  • New rod design

Campagnolo Potenza chainset

Campagnolo Potenza chainset

The Potenza chainset is made from hollow forged aluminium that offers high performance at an incredibly light weight.

  • Material: Hollow forged aluminium
  • The left crank now includes a built-in extractor, so there is no longer a need for a purpose-built tool to remove the cranks
  • Hollow crankset
  • The same BCD matches all different chainrings
  • New “Power Torque +™” System
  • Bottom bracket included

Campagnolo Shamal Ultra wheelset 2017

Sitting alongside the new Potenza groupset is another new release from Campagnolo, the Shamal Ultra C17 Road Wheelset which has been the company’s flagship aluminium wheel since its inception over 20 years ago.

Campagnolo Shamal wheelset on the Chain Reaction Cycles website

It was developed as the very first complete wheelset with each component in its build being specifically designed as a complete unit to ensure unparalleled efficiency and performance.

The new Shamal C17 was developed specifically to increase compatibility with 25 and 28mm tyres that are becoming increasingly popular due to their improved aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance.
They feature a carbon fibre hub body with extra smooth USB bearings to make them as efficient as possible. The hubs for this newly designed wheel are differentiated between front and rear in order to optimise weight savings while considering structural and performance necessities that change with the individual roles of the two wheels.

The 16 aerodynamic anodised aluminium spokes on the front wheel are laced radially while the 21 spokes of the rear wheel are grouped in the Mega G3 pattern, famous not only for its fantastic performance but also for its innovative design.

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