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Wow! How a mid-level groupset can look really, really lovely

Australia’s Cycloretro.com has taken to Campagnolo’s mid-level Potenza groupset with a pantograph kit and polisher and the results are stunning.

Campagnolo Potenza CycloRetro 3.jpg

Campagnolo Potenza CycloRetro 3.jpg

Campagnolo launched Potenza just last March so it’s in no way vintage, but it looks amazing in Cycleretro.com’s polished finish with the addition of details and classic Campag logos. 

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Campagnolo Potenza CycloRetro 2.jpg

Potenza is a mainly aluminium 11-speed groupset that’s available off the shelf in both black and silver finishes.

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Campagnolo Potenza CycloRetro 4.jpg

Cycloretro.com offers bike restoration services for retro and classic bikes although a full Potenza groupset isn’t going to come cheap. The groupset itself costs about £550 but then you’re looking at AUS$100 (£61) to have a rear derailleur pantograph (engraving) and polish, AUS$160 (£97) for a pair of brakes, AUS $150 (£91) for the cranks… and so on. It’s a lot of work but the finished job looks amazing.

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Campagnolo Potenza CycloRetro 7.jpg

Check out our complete guide to Campagnolo road groupsets. 

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Campagnolo Potenza CycloRetro 7.jpg

Why not just go and buy a classic groupset in the first place? Well, you could do that, but you wouldn't be able to have an 11-speed system controlled by ErgoPower levers, or any of the other benefits of a modern groupset. We think this is a beautiful melding of classic and new.

For more info go to www.cycloretro.com.
 

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Rapha Nadal [744 posts] 1 year ago
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That does look very cool!

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Duncann [1213 posts] 1 year ago
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Not sure about the wavy rear mech but the rest looks pretty tasty.

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handlebarcam [1082 posts] 1 year ago
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Groupset manufacturers take note: not everyone wants the black/grey stealth-look that works on crabon aero bikes, in either black or cirtus paint jobs, but looks dull on anything with vaguely classic lines and round tubing.

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RobD [578 posts] 1 year ago
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I really hope Campagnolo take some notice of this, surely they still have the tooling for the Athena chainset, that combined with something in a finish like this would be brilliant for retro bikes. 

I know they probably don't want to be seen as backward looking, but producing a non racing, stylish groupset would really give them something different to Shimano and Sram, they look a bit odd and oversized on something with a relatively slim set of steel tubes. 

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kil0ran [708 posts] 1 year ago
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Unadulterated filth.

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srchar [736 posts] 1 year ago
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That is lovely. I wonder what they could do with my aluminium Athena groupset...

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Duncann [1213 posts] 1 year ago
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RobD wrote:

I know they probably don't want to be seen as backward looking

Tight or wrong, I think it might be too late for Campag on that front!

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Prosper0 [116 posts] 1 year ago
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Looks hot. But tbh Potenza comes in a pretty stunning silver for retro bikes anyway. I'd only miss the drilled ergolevers on the custom set.  

 

 

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cyclisto [360 posts] 1 year ago
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If campy made a groupset with these looks, it would sell like hot cakes. They have the brand name, why don't they try it??

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barbarus [521 posts] 1 year ago
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No amount of polishing can fix that crankset, but the rest of it is gorgeous.

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1961BikiE [405 posts] 1 year ago
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A work of art. Just what a steel bike needs.

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steviemarco [236 posts] 1 year ago
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Not a Campy fan but that looks very nice indeed #maybeaconvert

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pwake [434 posts] 1 year ago
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"Why not just go and buy a classic groupset in the first place? Well, you could do that, but you wouldn't be able to have an 11-speed system controlled by ErgoPower levers, or any of the other benefits of a modern groupset. We think this is a beautiful melding of classic and new."

But that's the great thing about Campag; there's still so much backward compatability that you only really need a rear derailleur and ergo shifters and everything else can stay classic.

My Colnago is a mix of new Athena and older Record; all the advantages of the new drivetrain with the classic looks.

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Bubbleanddown [9 posts] 1 year ago
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Aside from the 4-arm / 5-arm crank debate this looks absolutely great!

 

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Ignatz [2 posts] 6 months ago
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Lovely... now all we need are some natural-rubber lever hoods and we're away...