Italian brand Campagnolo has enjoyed a loyal following since it was established back in 1933, but its appearance is increasingly rare on road bikes as many big bike brands commonly favour Shimano and SRAM when speccing new bikes.
It’s still possible to cut through the Shimano domination and find bikes that are equipped with Campagnolo, but such bikes are getting harder to find. So we’ve done the search for you and rounded up a nice selection of 10 road bikes built around the Italian groupset covering a wide band of price points.
The Campagnolo option
For many people, there is no brand more synonymous with the heritage and prestige of cycle racing than Campagnolo, the company founded by a man who invented the humble quick release skewer. Campagnolo has long been an innovative company bringing some of the lightest and advanced components to market - it invented the rear derailleur system as we know it today.
Over the years Campagnolo is increasingly found more on very expensive showstopper road bikes, with Shimano cleaning up at the more cost-conscious price points. This is down to the Japanese company offering a wider range of competitively priced groupsets and the economies of scales working in its favour, it’s able to provide good deals for large bike companies selling bikes in huge numbers.
To cut the decline of Campagnolo support the company launched the new Potenza groupset last year, aimed at the mid-range market dominated by Shimano’s Ultegra offering, but it does look like you’re still paying a premium to have Campagnolo on your bike.
That could be set to change, though. Campagnolo recently launched a new groupset, Centaur, aimed at the riders who currently use Shimano 105. If Campagnolo can get the pricing right for bike manufacturers, we might see more Campagnolo-equipped bikes.
Heritage bike brand Holdsworth was acquired by Planet X a couple of years ago and has been making very highly-regarded steel frames ever since. The Competition is made from Columbus Spirit tubing, the top-of-the-range pipe from the Italian tube mill, and comes with Campagnolo's Potenza groupset. For £1,300 it's remarkable value.
If you're going to create a modern bike with retro looks then what better groupset to use than the rarely-seen silver version of Campagnolo's Potenza collection? It's perfectly suited to the Kings' lugged Reynolds 853 steel frame, building into an up-to-date incarnation of the classic British clubman's bike.
The Tifosi line of bikes belongs to UK Campagnolo importer Chicken Cyclekit, so it's no surprise to find a number of Campagnolo-equipped bikes in the range. With the Campagnolo's 105 rival components, Centaur, this is the entry-level bike in the range. It's set up as an audax/light touring all-rounder, with Miche wheels and chainset, and not only does it have clearance for mudguards, Tifosi bungs a set in so you won't get a wet bum.
Bianchi’s Intenso has the entry-level version of Bianchi's C2C carbon fibre endurance frame and is built with Campagnolo’s Centaur 11-speed groupset.
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The De Rosa Idol is a quick and energetic gran fondo/sportive bike that rides a lot like a full-on race bike. If you're after a lively performer, it's well worth a look. The Idol is available in various builds including one with a Campagnolo Potenza groupset and Fulcrum wheels.
London-based Condor Cycles lets you spec any Campagnolo groupset, and using its bike builder we’ve picked an Italia RC aluminium frame with a Campagnolo Chorus Carbon 11-speed groupset and topped it off with Bora One 35 Clincher carbon wheels.
The Ultimate CF SLX is German company Canyon’s lightest model and is available in a wide range of builds, including this full Campagnolo Super Record version. Let’s not forget Campagnolo also makes a range of wheels, and Canyon specs the Bora One wheels, helping to produce a claimed complete bike weight of 6.3kg.
The Zero7 is Wilier's 799g superlight frame, clad here in a Chorus groupset and Campagnolo Khamsin wheels. Wilier offers a substantial range of Campagnolo-equipped bikes, as you might expect from a company whose very name celebrates Italian liberation.
As readers have pointed out, no overview of Campagnolo-equipped bikes is complete without a Cipollini. You can get the great Italian sprinter's top model with a variety of Campagnolo groupsets, but you're going to need deep pockets.
Colnago’s C64 is a custom build option so you can build it with any parts you like. Using the customiser on the ubyk website we specced Campagnolo’s Super Record, with Campagnolo Bullet wheels and some nice finishing kit, and the price came out at £8,846.18. There’s a raft of paint job options with the C64 including the subtle Italia designs and the more outlandish Art-Decor colours.
The legendary Dogma with Campagnolo's top mechanical groupset, and the renowned Bora wheels. You don't really need both kidneys.
If money is no object, and it really needs to be for this bike, the Specialissima is Bianchi’s latest full carbon race bike and is outfitted with the top-of-the-range Super Record EPS groupset with electronic gear shifting.
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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.