Campagnolo 80th anniversary Super Record groupset released

Updated: £2,599 Super Record collection celebrates 80 years since Italian company founded

by David Arthur   February 25, 2013  

Campagnolo was founded in Vicenza, Italy in 1933 and this year they celebrate their 80th year of manufacturing groupsets with a very special Super Record collection. The groupset will be presented in a special case with words and photos from their history, making it a real collector's item for Campagnolo fans.

It won't be cheap though, without wheels it'll cost £2,599. Groupsets will be limited as well, being on sale only between March and June. Though how many actual groupsets that means we can't confirm at the moment.

In the company’s long history they’ve produced some of the key changes in bicycle design that we today take for granted. And it all started when founder Tullio Campagnolo invented the humble quick release mechanism for wheels. The first Super Record flagship groupset was introduced in 1973, following Record 10 years earlier.

The 80th Anniversary Collection, as it's officially titled, is based on the Super Record mechanical groupset. They’ve chosen mechanical and not their electronic EPS version because they cite it as their greatest contribution to cycling, and is a direct descendent of the first Super Record groupset. It’s also their lightest ever groupset at a scant 1,862g and was their first 11-speed offering. Each groupset will carry a unique serial code.

They’ve actually developed some new finishes with this groupset. A new humid-state micro sanding finish for the carbon fibre components and a new opaque finish on the aluminium parts should ensure the groupset keeps on look boxfresh years from now. Even the application of the logo has been tested to ensure it doesn’t wear away with hours of riding and cleaning. It’s designed to be ridden, not stored away, though we imagine many will be kept in their boxes.

They have wheels to match the groupset too. Two sets, in fact: a full carbon 50mm deep-section pair weighing 1,310g, and a aluminium/carbon 50mm wheelset at 1,590g. The full carbon wheelset features hubs with cup and cone Cult bearings, claimed to be nine times smoother than standard bearings. It uses their G3 spoke pattern and the hub has oversized flanges to form a stiffer wheel. The alu/carbon wheelset shares the same hubs, bearings and spoke pattern.

The collection is due for release in 10 days time. We’ve no word on pricing yet, but will let you know as soon as we find out.

And here's a complete bike with the new groupset and wheels fitted. Very nice.

So, what do you think?

http://anniversary.campagnolo.com

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I just can't see them being ridden, and turning up in a case like that, I'm not surprised.

The price will be eye-watering! Big Grin

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2912 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 13:05

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It's sort of like porn but better. Wink

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 13:28

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Fugly logo though. Should have gone for the heritage type face all the way through with a subtle 80 or something rather than that horrid red splodge. Then I might have bought it. I'll stick with my Record thanks.

posted by tombourne [15 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 13:54

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I have the (Dutch) prices on my website, check at the bottom of this page: http://www.italiaanseracefietsen.com/2013/02/21/campagnolo-80th-annivers...

The one and only Dutch blog about Italian road racing bicycles: www.racefietsen.it

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posted by gvda [3 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 13:58

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A fool and his money.....

posted by sneakerfrfeak [67 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 14:01

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Anyone want to buy a kidney so I can afford one??

posted by pdows47 [103 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 14:05

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Yes Please!... oh, its not a competition Crying

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1177 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 14:05

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gvda wrote:
I have the (Dutch) prices on my website, check at the bottom of this page: http://www.italiaanseracefietsen.com/2013/02/21/campagnolo-80th-anniversary-groep/

Surprise Surprise Laughing Laughing

Over 6.5k euros for the group and wheels?! I'll put them on a second-hand planet-x frame...

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2912 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 14:09

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If i start saving now maybe i will be able to afford the hundreth aniversary groupset in 20 years time.

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posted by mrmo [1021 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 14:17

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Me like

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1074 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 15:02

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If you view it as an investment, which is IMHO quite vulgar, it would be worth it. Look how much 50th anniversary stuff goes for on fleabay - I saw a crank dustcap go for £50.

I wouldn't dare ride with it on my bike 'cos I am Mr Clumsy - imagine if you dropped your bike or even sratched a brake lever leaning your bike up against a wall.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [264 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 15:33

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Yes. First thing that came to my mind. Seems like there could have been a better way to do it than slapping the equivalent of a big yellow "SALE" sticker on all the parts.

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posted by pedalpowerDC [201 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 15:43

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one kidney, both kids and the wife's soul all gone ... Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [674 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 16:10

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Not sure where the story about 2013 being made came from .... it's not right, anyway. They haven't fixed the exact number yet.

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

posted by velotech_cycling [73 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 19:37

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Why would anyone buy this?
Unless, of course, they were an ostentatious wanker.

posted by Some Fella [714 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 20:50

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Can you get it in a Compact version?

posted by Arthur Scrimshaw [44 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 22:24

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I suspect you might need to sell more than one child. Possibly a kidney too.
But it will be worth it.

Caleb's Dad

posted by ricardowilson21 [6 posts]
22nd February 2013 - 23:58

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Some Fella wrote:
Why would anyone buy this?
Unless, of course, they were an ostentatious wanker.

Children play nicely now Devil

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posted by pastaman [208 posts]
23rd February 2013 - 0:01

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Personally I was in the market for some Bora Two Blacks, so instead of going discount I might just go first class and sit at the pointy end.

.... and "haters" please enjoy your Shimano Tiagra boxed set.

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posted by mike_ibcyclist [36 posts]
23rd February 2013 - 2:21

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It's like the old matchbox days, just buy two sets: one to use and one to keep boxed in the attic

posted by fuzzywuzzy [59 posts]
25th February 2013 - 9:09

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I once worked with a man who rode a few thousand km on the 50th anniversary gruppo. By the time I saw it in person in the late 90s the parts were lying on his workbench with a a pile of other parts. He really, really wanted it and knew he was never going to part with it, but on the other hand was too poor to spend a few grand on something just to look at. Makes a strange kind of sense.

Running my fingers over the scuffs on the mirror polished and gold-plated parts absolutely set my teeth on edge though.

posted by Shanghaied [39 posts]
25th February 2013 - 19:49

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So no hubs, headset, seat pillar or pedals then? Those were the days of a proper groupset, bah humbug.

posted by lolol [114 posts]
25th February 2013 - 20:03

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And who has only one bottle cage? apart from Tommy Voeckler, will you be able to get a second 80th one, theoretically of course

posted by lolol [114 posts]
25th February 2013 - 20:07

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Had a chat with a Campag employee at last year's Birmingham bike show. We were both bemoaning the current fashion for black - especially brakes. The Athena EPS looks and feels cheap and nasty. The Record still has black brakes. When EPS comes out in retro chrome - as one day it surely will - count me in then.

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

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posted by MercuryOne [1023 posts]
25th February 2013 - 22:48

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How dull all that crabon and titanium looks. Where is the polished chrome of old?

Hopefully for all that money they provide good installation instructions, because the sort of person who has the money to buy it is likely to not have the first clue about set up:

He must jab himself on the eye with those levers whenever he bends over to fix a puncture.

posted by ubercurmudgeon [168 posts]
25th February 2013 - 23:17

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I dont think Alan sugar has done anything to deserve being brought into this thread, to be fair.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2912 posts]
26th February 2013 - 9:59

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Ugh, Alan "all the gear, no idea" Sugar!

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1324 posts]
26th February 2013 - 16:20

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MercuryOne wrote:
Had a chat with a Campag employee at last year's Birmingham bike show. We were both bemoaning the current fashion for black - especially brakes. The Athena EPS looks and feels cheap and nasty. The Record still has black brakes. When EPS comes out in retro chrome - as one day it surely will - count me in then.

Slightly off the wall thought but is carbon fibre necessarily black? OK, the clue might be in the name, but diamonds are made of carbon...

posted by sidesaddle [64 posts]
26th February 2013 - 20:53

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Just had confirmation that the pre-order book is open at South West Bike Builders - 01453 333513 - sales@southwestbikebuilders.co.uk - for the 80th anniversary products

Groupset (yes available in compact!)
RRP £2,830 - pre-order price £2,450
Bullet Ultra 50 Wheels
RRP £1,550 - pre-order price £1,350
Bora Ultra 2 Wheels
RRP £3,000 - pre-order price £2,500
Both wheelsets available in Campag or Shimano/SRAM

Better prices available if you have the products built-up to complete bikes
Options are Colnago C59 (from £6,999), Colnago M10 (from £6,399), Pinarello 65.1 Dogma (from £8,499), Pinarello Dogma 2 (from £7,399), Cipollini RB1K (from £7,899), Cipollini RB800 (from £6,899), Cinelli Very Best of (from £6,099), Dedacciai RAN (from £5,799)

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posted by Devon Bike Builders [3 posts]
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cat1commuter wrote:
Ugh, Alan "all the gear, no idea" Sugar!

What idea?, ya just sit on it and peddle ya precious git.

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3rd March 2013 - 18:39

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