Electronic Campag spotted at Tour of Flanders

Spy shots of the new digital shifting system

by Mat Brett   April 4, 2011  

Campagnolo’s electronic shifting components made an appearance at last weekend’s Tour of Flanders and we’ve got our hands on some spy shots. Spain’s Team Movistar, previously Caisse d'Epargne, will be using the equipment this year – the only team to do so before it goes on sale to the public.

Campag have released few details but, on the face of it, the system appears to be vaguely similar to Shimano’s Di2 system with a comparably sized battery sitting on the down tube between the bottom bracket and the bottle cage.

The shifters stick with Campag’s existing mechanical strategy in having the down lever tucked behind the brake lever and a thumb-operated button on the inside of the lever body for upshifts.

The derailleurs appear to be carbon fibre as far as the eye can see with the wire for the rear mech travelling internally, breaking cover at the top of the chainstay just ahead of the rear dropout.

Whereas the Di2 system is 10-speed, Campag’s – in line with their existing top end groupsets – goes up to 11. One louder.

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Campag’s – in line with their existing top end groupsets – goes up to 11. One louder.

For that extra push over the cliff?

posted by handlebarcam [530 posts]
4th April 2011 - 16:07

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It amazes me we have technology like this, but still there is not a Inner tube this is truly "Puncture Proof"

Lets get the tyre and tube technology pushed forward, save us all changing tubes etc, out with old style in with new tech Tyre and Tube technology..

Challenge yourself..

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posted by uksportives [33 posts]
4th April 2011 - 17:44

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Got to say, uksportives has got a really good point there.

posted by Mat Brett [1929 posts]
4th April 2011 - 18:05

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uksportives wrote:
… not a Inner tube this is truly "Puncture Proof".

Inner tube?!? Just replace them with (bit of maths) 42 Size C batteries per wheel—puncture proof _and_ you get to power your gears. Result!

posted by ped [171 posts]
4th April 2011 - 19:59

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"I can't come out on the ride today, I forgot to charge my bike"

posted by automatic_jon [68 posts]
5th April 2011 - 7:45

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Where is the advantage? Can't be weight!
Looks like Campag have been suck(ered) into a marketing war!
I like my good old mechanical Centaur setup Wink

posted by GrimpeurChris [59 posts]
5th April 2011 - 9:31

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uksportives wrote:
Lets get the tyre and tube technology pushed forward, save us all changing tubes etc, out with old style in with new tech Tyre and Tube technology..

Admittedly I'm on a Hybrid with 32's, but Schwalbe's Marathon Plus tyre has proved pretty puncture proof across both road and forest track...used to be upside down with tyre levers every 50 miles until I fitted them...now done over 800 miles and not a prob. Smile

posted by batch [60 posts]
6th April 2011 - 23:08

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'Campy' - how sad.

posted by youngoldbloke [78 posts]
7th April 2011 - 6:31

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Wow! can't believe how many luddites we have! Campagnolo have always been at the forefront of technology. They are hardly going to stop development,just think of the british cycle,motorcycle,car etc. industries!(Poof! All gone!) I personally prefer mechanical gears and brakes. however,development of new systems lead to improvements filtering down to the lower spec. ranges! I have a rohloff hub that could do with a electronic shifter! Ever wondered if the tyre/tube companies don't want a puncture proof set up?(they probably have developed them,but have left the products on the shelf!) How would they survive financially Stop and think how many of you have computors,mobile phones,MP3 players etc! So.......

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posted by peasantpigfarmer [46 posts]
7th April 2011 - 11:22

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I think that electronic gears are great. The Shimano battery lasts months. They can do away with fiddly setup of indexing. The shift buttons can be placed anywhere - something manufacturers are only just beginning to exploit. Could be great for riders such as women with small hands who find it a stretch to reach shift levers.

(There are puncture proof tyres. Schwalbe Marathon Plus or Durano Plus. Trouble is that they're heavy, but they're fine for pootling around town. You can't make a puncture proof tyre which is light, supple and grippy.)

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1372 posts]
7th April 2011 - 12:42

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bring on cadence-sensing Di2 TT edition, says I Smile

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posted by cactuscat [303 posts]
7th April 2011 - 15:20

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