The most hotly anticipated product release of the year is arguably Campagnolo's Athena EPS (Electric Power Shift) electronic groupset.
Taking the decision to skip Chorus, Campag they've trickled the EPS technology straight from Super Record to the more affordable Athena range. It's a clear move to compete at the "bikes most people can actually afford to buy" end of the market and as such, puts it in direct competition with Shimano's Ultegra Di2.
The very first groupsets landed at distributor i-ride's East Sussex office earlier this week. They've recieved just eight groupsets so far, destined to be built onto De Rosa Merak bikes (more on that later). We dashed down there yesterday, camera and scales in hand, to give you the very first look at the new groupset. And here it is. Looks nice, doesn't it?
Claimed weight for the lot is is around 2,500g (similar to Ultegra Di2). We thought it would be interesting to weigh some of the key components and see how they look on the scales. Here we go...
An Athena EPS groupset is going to cost you between £1,899 and £2,000. Unfortunately, for anyone hoping to mix some Athena parts with Record or Super Record, Campagnolo have reversed the polarity so they are not compatible.
Thanks to the guys at www.i-ride.co.uk for making me feel at home and letting me snap the new groupset.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.