• The new groupset is fully produced in their Romanian factory, making it completely European, and completely Italian owned.
    The new groupset is fully produced in their Romanian factory, making it completely European, and completely Italian owned.
  • The crank arms are hollow and light with better stiffness response than previous iterations, while the axle uses Campag's PowerTorque Plus which is now easier to remove with a four pin socket that will suit a standard wrench.
    The crank arms are hollow and light with better stiffness response than previous iterations, while the axle uses Campag's PowerTorque Plus which is now easier to remove with a four pin socket that will suit a standard wrench.
  • While it’s positioned under the rubber hoods and so not visible the Ergopower levers have a new clamp to fit all bars, and feature the same shape as the top end group sets.
    While it’s positioned under the rubber hoods and so not visible the Ergopower levers have a new clamp to fit all bars, and feature the same shape as the top end group sets.
  • The front derailleur’s steel cage has a one piece construction for rigidity and is designed to work with larger tooth count cassettes as well as standard.
    The front derailleur’s steel cage has a one piece construction for rigidity and is designed to work with larger tooth count cassettes as well as standard.
  • The short cage will cope with a 29 tooth cog but larger sprockets will require the long cage.
    The short cage will cope with a 29 tooth cog but larger sprockets will require the long cage.
  • The brake calipers have had some cosmetic work done and sport a skeletal cut out design.
    The brake calipers have had some cosmetic work done and sport a skeletal cut out design.
  • Campag has sharpened the pencil on cassette pricing and offers them 11-25/27/29/32 and 12-27 configurations, which comprise one triplet of cogs then individually formed cogs with alloy spacers between.
    Campag has sharpened the pencil on cassette pricing and offers them 11-25/27/29/32 and 12-27 configurations, which comprise one triplet of cogs then individually formed cogs with alloy spacers between.
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New Campag Groupset - Potenza

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A full new groupset dubbed Potenza, meaning Power, will be Campag’s top end aluminium offering designed to slot into their range fourth from the top below Super Record, Record and Chorus. It was created reacting to Shimano’s very popular Ultegra drivetrain with "very good potential to fight with Ultegra… but with more soul”.

A more affordable option in this space, it's hoped Potenza incentivise bike brands to spec the Campag gruppo as Original Equipment and bring the Italian brand back into the mass arena.  

Shifting is slick and smooth with actuation that will allow you to downshift up to three gears at a time. Upshifting (to a smaller cog) is still done via the thumb shifter and just one cog at a time.

The top of the hoods themselves has a slightly flatter peak for more comfortable aero positioning if you prefer to drape your hands over the hoods.

While higher spec groupsets feature carbon fibre levers the Potenza brake lever is made from alloy.

Embrace technology is what Campag calls their way their chain wraps further around the cassette cogs for a greater percentage engagement than previous iterations. It's optimised for 11-32 cassettes and will work seamlessly with their long and short cages. 

The crank is an alloy unit with a four arm spider that is compatible with all chainring sizes, and the bolts of which have been moved closer to their outer diameter for better stiffness.

Riding the Potenza gear with compact cranks and an 11-32 cassette we took on the hills around the event venue. Initial impressions were that the gears are extremely quiet, and very smooth running. Long-time fans of Campagnolo form will appreciate that the Ergopower levers have an almost identical shape to their carbon siblings.                            

The full Potenza set weighs in at 2303g; just 9 grams more than Ultegra.  Pricing is expected to also be marginally more.       

 

 

 

 

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