Campagnolo reveal 2015 Athena and Veloce groupsets

Ergopower shifters get a redesign inspired by Campag's electronic systems

by Mat Brett   June 3, 2014  

Campagnolo have revealed the 2015 versions of their Athena and Veloce mechanical groupsets which borrow a downshift lever design from Campag’s electronic EPS shifters.

Campag announced their 2015 Super Record, Record and Chorus mechanical groupsets last week and we reported on their new Chorus EPS electronic groupset earlier today. Now the Italian brand has shown us components from the Athena and Veloce mechanical groupsets.

The biggest update is that downshift lever on the Ergopower shifters. Campag have traditionally had that lever coming out of the inner face of the shifter body, pointing just below horizontal. However, when they introduced EPS electronic shifting, Campag obviously no longer needed to adjust cable tension so they could replace the lever with a switch. Instead of pointing the switch outwards, they pointed it much further downwards so that it was more easily accessible and simple to operate, especially from the handlebar drops.

Now Campagnolo are introducing a downshift lever to the Athena and Veloce mechanical ErgoPower shifters that clearly owes a lot to the EPS design.

“The new groupsets will boast a more ergonomic EPS-style downshifting lever, thus making an already ergonomic and user-friendly Ergopower even more so,” say Campagnolo.

“Complete transmission control from any position is now even more possible thanks to the EPS-style layout of the lever on both right and left side controls. Thanks to the lower range of throw necessary to push the power-shift transmission of the Athena and Veloce transmissions, this lower profile and easy-access shift lever was made possible.”

The Athena ErgoPower levers will be available in both carbon and aluminium options, as now.

Campagnolo haven’t gone with this design for their higher end Ultrashift shifters. They say that this style of button doesn't allow enough throw to go through multiple gears, and that's a feature they want to retain with Ultrashift.

Campag are also promising an improvement in Athena’s shifting performance thanks to its SC-14 chainrings with newly modified tooth angles and shapes. SC-14 (‘squadre corsa 2014’, meaning 'racing teams 2014') was Campag’s name for their high-end Super Record RS mechanical groupset while it was in development, and they say that the technology from that project has now trickled down to Athena.

We don’t have have prices or dates for the release of 2015 Athena or Veloce.

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Presumably, the new downshift button isn't available on Chorus and above because, being Ultrashift levers, they offer multiple downshifts. Athena and below, being Powershift, offer only single downshifts. There doesn't appear to be enough lever sweep available on this new design to facilitate five downshifts in one movement.

It's a nice ergonomic improvement, not that Powershift is particularly difficult to use from the drops, given that you can just jab the lever and be sure of a single downshift; it's Ultrashift that would benefit most from improved downshift buttons, as it's difficult to judge how much force to use when in the drops and therefore very easy to make two or three downshifts when only one was intended.

posted by srchar [55 posts]
3rd June 2014 - 16:31

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srchar wrote:
Presumably, the new downshift button isn't available on Chorus and above because, being Ultrashift levers, they offer multiple downshifts. Athena and below, being Powershift, offer only single downshifts. There doesn't appear to be enough lever sweep available on this new design to facilitate five downshifts in one movement.

Yes, we're assuming that but we've contacted Campag to find out for sure.

posted by Mat Brett [1867 posts]
3rd June 2014 - 16:42

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I presume that Centaur & Xenon are now out to pasture?

posted by s_lim [112 posts]
3rd June 2014 - 16:56

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s_lim wrote:
I presume that Centaur & Xenon are now out to pasture?

Xenon went ages ago did it not? I know some bikes were still sold in Xenon builds but as a groupset I believe it was ditched in 2009.

posted by ajmarshal1 [272 posts]
3rd June 2014 - 21:30

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ajmarshal1 wrote:
s_lim wrote:
I presume that Centaur & Xenon are now out to pasture?

Xenon went ages ago did it not? I know some bikes were still sold in Xenon builds but as a groupset I believe it was ditched in 2009.

That was my understanding too. On the plus side, lots of cheap Centaur to follow at your favorite end of line retailers Big Grin

Pastaman

posted by pastaman [213 posts]
3rd June 2014 - 21:53

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pastaman wrote:

That was my understanding too. On the plus side, lots of cheap Centaur to follow at your favorite end of line retailers Big Grin

As centaur was Veloce with a different label no real surprise that it has gone.

AS LONG AS THEY MAKE SOMETHING IN POLISHED ALU i am happy.

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posted by mrmo [1075 posts]
3rd June 2014 - 22:05

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Ahhh, how lovely to see they still make a five-arm crankset.

posted by drmatthewhardy [305 posts]
4th June 2014 - 22:38

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