Campagnolo record mechanical vs Athena EPS

by jonnyllew   March 1, 2014  

Hi, i'm about to buy a new steed but can't decide between buying Campag record mechanical or Athena EPS. Any first hand experiences/thoughts welcome. i've briefly ridden EPS and love the sharp hassle free shifting but can't decide whether going for record mechanical is perhaps more reliable or a bit less flash.

Thoughts welcome. Thanks Thinking Thinking Thinking

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Personally, I would go for the Record mechanical.

I don't race and don't see the need for anything electronic on my bikes other than a speedo or GPS map.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [304 posts]
1st March 2014 - 13:58

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Mechanical. You don't need to charge it up, and your frame won't be obsolete as soon as there's a new and improved wiring method.

posted by Nick T [763 posts]
1st March 2014 - 14:08

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Save yourself a few hundred grams going record instead of EPS.
I had a similar situation recently and went chorus instead of Athena eps.

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posted by glynr36 [285 posts]
1st March 2014 - 15:51

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Personally, unless I had money to burn and several standby bikes, I would avoid electric shifting, it's still in the early adoption phase and without the hidden battery, pretty ugly!

record is lovely Gruppo and I have a 20 year old set (...not the brakes !) that I use for a few thousand miles each year and it's always gets commented on, the carbon 11 will be the same.

The comments people seem to get with EPS and Di2 are 'has it broke yet'.

For me, cycling is all about mechanical simplicity, man in full control of the machine, and this extra wee layer, well it's like wearing a helmet.....eventually you will because everyone else does.

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [490 posts]
2nd March 2014 - 9:25

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Yeah I am still reluctant to go with electronic as it is still so new. Record looks gorgeous if I could afford it I would get record

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posted by Miles253 [195 posts]
3rd March 2014 - 3:49

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