Campagnolo announces new triple cranks, super-compacts

More gear options for Italophiles… 52/36 compacts + 11spd triple and more

by John Stevenson   May 21, 2012  

Italian component legend Campagnolo has announced new double and triple cranksets and two new ten-speed cassette combinations, broadening the gear ranges it offers in a move that's clearly designed to appeal to the burgeoning MAMIL market.

Triples return to the Campagnolo range at Athena 11-speed, and Centaur and Veloce 10-speed levels, which is bound to please any Campagnolo aficionado who regular tackles steep hills or carries big loads.

The Athena crank is a 52/39/30, Centaur is offered in two options, 52/39/30 and 50/39/30 and Veloce just in 50/39/30. All come in 170mm, 172.5mm and 175mm lengths.

Campagnolo has also announced all-new matching front derailleurs to move the chain around the three rings, and new rear derailleurs with longer cages to take up the extra chain slack.

There's no technical documentation for the new cranks available yet, but we're crossing our fingers and hoping that inner ring has a 74mm pitch circle diameter so you can go even lower than a 30-tooth inner ring if you want to.

For Campagnolo users who want a really big gear range, Campagnolo has also announced two new ten-speed sprocket cassettes. There's a 12-27 (12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-27, gear chart fiends) and a 12-30 (12-13-14-15-17-19-21-24-27-30) which means that with the new triples you can go down to a 1:1 ratio for pootling up even the most hideous hills.

Differently compact

Last but not least, Campagnolo has announced a 52/36 option on some of its compact cranks. “Go compact or standard? How many times do cyclists ask themselves this same question before a race or before purchasing a bicycle?” That's the question in Campagnolo's announcement of the new cranks, and the answer is sort of 'super-compact' option that gives you slightly higher gears, but doesn't go all the way to the 39-tooth inner ring of a proper grown-up racing set.

The new chainring combination will be available at Super Record, Record, Chorus and Athena carbon level, in 165, 170, 172.5, and 175mm lengths.

If you're wondering why 52/36 and no some other combination, Campagnolo says it, “wanted to offer the broadest range of ratios possible (16), but with no loss in the vital prerequisite of derailing quality. This crankset offers the same derailing speed and precision as standard or compact components.”

We suspect you could sneakily combine a 34-tooth inner with the 52 outer and persuade it to work if you didn't mind slower shifts and a bit more set-up finnickiness, but with the caution typical of component manufacturers, Campagnolo doesn't recommend it.

More more information see Campagnolo's news page

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Won't they need new left brifters for the triple chainsets too?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1372 posts]
21st May 2012 - 16:52

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cat1commuter wrote:
Won't they need new left brifters for the triple chainsets too?

No. Campag left shifters aren't indexed, so work equally well with double and triple chainsets. The front mech is the decider... although I reckon a triple front mech might just about work with a double chainset, with some judicious screwing-down of limit screws and the installation of a chain catcher.

My eyes prefer Celeste, my bum prefers titanium.

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [305 posts]
21st May 2012 - 21:01

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Damn. I don't want to switch to 11spd yet until EPS comes down in price but I could certainly do with a 10spd 52/36 as I spin out with my 50/34 at 29 mph - which is no good down hill in a race.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1084 posts]
21st May 2012 - 22:13

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Black - gah. Dull.

Where's the shiny version?

posted by localsurfer [169 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 6:29

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When do the new cassettes go on sale? My 25 is just a bit high for some of the hills in the dales. I end up with a cadence of about 50 which makes my knees ache!!

posted by Psycling [49 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 7:57

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MercuryOne wrote:
...I spin out with my 50/34 at 29 mph - which is no good down hill in a race.

50/11 is 82rpm /12 is 89, and /13 is still only 96rpm. A 52 gives you about 4 to 5 gear inches at that range , which is about 3rpm less.

I think you might need faster legs rather than more gears. Wink

posted by Matt_S [191 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 8:52

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Interesting ranges, especially the 52/36!
I currently run a 50/34 with an 11-29 cassette (11-25 & 13-29 cassettes combined) and a medium cage .... Its worked for me for the last 3 years on those alpine spotrives!

posted by GrimpeurChris [59 posts]
22nd May 2012 - 9:34

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Matt_S wrote:
MercuryOne wrote:
...I spin out with my 50/34 at 29 mph - which is no good down hill in a race.

50/11 is 82rpm /12 is 89, and /13 is still only 96rpm. A 52 gives you about 4 to 5 gear inches at that range , which is about 3rpm less.

I think you might need faster legs rather than more gears. Wink

I agree. What's your highest sprocket? I spin out with a 50/11 at about 43mph. And I'm 61 years old! My old geezer mates aren't much different. Maybe you need to do some spinning/cadence training, possibly on a turbo trainer, maybe look at your pedalling technique?

posted by bikeylikey [171 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 19:52

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campag is for benders.....

queue the insults Smile

posted by quango2008 [36 posts]
23rd May 2012 - 22:07

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Haven't they always done the "Race Triple" then? The triple on my audax bike is definitely by Campag.

Really, though?

posted by workhard [389 posts]
24th May 2012 - 9:44

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Greg - that's the Triple Comp I expect.

I could have better explained that the new triples slot into Campagnolo's groupsets, whereas the Triple Comp was a bit of an orphan.

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posted by John Stevenson [1199 posts]
24th May 2012 - 10:57

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bikeylikey wrote:
Matt_S wrote:
MercuryOne wrote:
...I spin out with my 50/34 at 29 mph - which is no good down hill in a race.

50/11 is 82rpm /12 is 89, and /13 is still only 96rpm. A 52 gives you about 4 to 5 gear inches at that range , which is about 3rpm less.

I think you might need faster legs rather than more gears. Wink

I agree. What's your highest sprocket? I spin out with a 50/11 at about 43mph. And I'm 61 years old! My old geezer mates aren't much different. Maybe you need to do some spinning/cadence training, possibly on a turbo trainer, maybe look at your pedalling technique?


+3
I would like to see the descent where you spin out!!!
a 50/11 is a bigger gear than 53/12 so if you are spinning out at 29mph you definately need to work on your pedaling technique.

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posted by Paulo [110 posts]
24th May 2012 - 11:20

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Finally Campag do a 12-27 10 speed! Been on a few hilly sportives recently with friends on SRAM with 27t rears and me on the standard 11-25. I'll be glad of the few extra teeth! Any news on release dates?

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posted by othello [297 posts]
7th August 2012 - 8:33

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Sorry Jack O, you are wrong Sad

"No. Campag left shifters aren't indexed, so work equally well with double and triple chainsets."

Campagnolo have new Ergopowers, designed to work specifically with both the 10 and 11s Triples. These are PowerShift units. They are not recommended to work with the older Campagnolo Racing T, Comp or Champ systems.

Not all Campagnolo LH shifters are designed to work with triples. This is a common misconception that can cause endless headaches.

It should also be bourne in mind that as with Shimano and SRAM, MicroShift and Vision, Campagnolo systems are designed to work as just that, systems - and this is an increasing tendency ... so mixing and matching outside of designed compatibilities may end in tears. If we want to be picky about it, it can also compromise warranties & in some cases safety, too ...

This week I have mostly been riding a Mondiale in Deda V107 with Campagnolo Super Record 11 ...

posted by velotech_cycling [75 posts]
3rd October 2012 - 22:06

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