The drivetrain is one of the hardest working areas of your bike; shifting through the gears on long hard climbs, spinning through miles of grit and grime on wet winter days and transferring all your brute power for that last sprint to the line.
Fair to say then that the component parts of your drivetrain – the bottom bracket, hubs, cassette, shifters, chain and derailleurs – are some of the things you’re likely to replace or upgrade before most others.
If you are thinking of upgrading your current drivetrain or its parts, the range of choice out there can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming – should you replace like-with-like? Would it be worth upgrading to a higher spec part? What’s the difference between part (a) and part (b)?
That’s why we’ve put together this guide which will serve as an easy-to-use reference as to the choice on offer from Campagnolo’s road drivetrain line up.
Here are the various levels on offer from Campagnolo, along with their intended use and features…
Although best known for their high performance parts, Campagnolo ensure that every component in their groupset range delivers high performance, and the design and manufacture of the Veloce groupset reflects this.
Italian for ‘fast’, you can be sure that this entry-level groupset is built for speed. If you’re out for a hard session or a Sunday morning spin, Veloce will keep you in check.
A level up from Veloce, Athena has the same precision and quality that Campagnolo is famous for at a price that won’t break the budget. It’s seen as the groupset that best marries Campag’s value, performance and style. Available in carbon, black aluminium and silver aluminium, it should have the right colour to match your style.
Moving up the scale and aimed at riders who want a higher level of performance than Athena, the carbon fibre Chorus grouppo combines all the quality and precision of Super Record and Record with a more practical price. A reliable, lightweight offering.
Moving to the higher level of the Campagnolo collection, the flagship Record groupset is often found on high-end bikes, and is made using the lightest of materials. It’s been ridden to a number of victories in professional and amateur racing, so is the natural choice for riders looking for top performance.
Introduced to the Campagnolo range in 2015, the Super Record groupset represents the pinnacle of the company’s evolution in mechanical shifting. With rigorous redesign and materials such as carbon and titanium coupled with the light weight model which doesn’t makes any noise and a sleek design Campagnolo have created Super Record with one thing in mind – performance.
Representing the entry point into Campagnolo’s electronic groupset range, but by no means lacking in any performance, Chorus EPS delivers excellent performance, reliability and quality.
Moving up through Campagnolo’s electronic groupset collection, Record EPS takes performance and quality to the next level. Ridden to victory by a string of pro racers, Campagnolo Record EPS uses lightweight carbon fibre, precision engineering and high-torque motors making it lightning fast and reliable in all conditions.
Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS is a top of the range electronic groupset, claimed by Campagnolo to be the lightest in the world. High performance comes as standard with its advanced design and use of the most high-tech weight-saving materials including carbon fibre and titanium, all working together to enhance durability and performance.