If you're a bit bored with the standard black hoods on your Campagnolo levers you should have a look at Hudz colour options, eight in total so there should be one to match your paint scheme.
These are for the V3 ErgoPower levers and while they fit just as snugly as Campag's own, Hudz have added a couple of little tweaks. For starters the sweep from the handlebars to the top of the brake lever is nowhere near as pronounced as Campagnolo's, it's more of a subtle curve. I actually like Campag's shape, it gives a nice firm grip to hold onto without any chance of slipping should you hit a pothole or something. Saying that though, the subtler radius of the Hudz is more comfortable over longer distances as you kind of rest your hands on it rather than against it.
The bottom of the hood is also deeper giving a larger handhold to grip. It's not quite as smooth a transition as the original's but will suit those of you with large hands.
You need to be a bit dextrous to fit them as they are a nice, snug fit but they are no more hassle than original Campag ones. If you follow the instructions on Hudz's website they go on reasonably well. It takes a little bit of pulling and jiggling to get everything in place but once they're in position they stay there.
Overall they are a good replacement for the original versions; if you have any issues with comfort on Campag's levers these could be just what you need. They now come in a single soft and durable compound, and offer a small weight saving over the originals. At twenty quid they are also a fiver cheaper than Campag's own.
They're also available for various flavours of Shimano brake lever.
Colourful alternative to plain black hoods that add a touch of comfort to Campag's levers.
road.cc test report
Make and model: ODI Hudz Enhancement Brake Hoods
Size tested: 8 sent: Bastogne Blue, Milano Lime, Brugge Black, Eroica Celeste, Paris Pink, Roubaix Red, Wallonne White & Vlaanderen Yellow
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Hudz say that these grips "Maintain versatility of the lever shape while improving comfort on the top of the hood, and overall grab-ability. Unique underside profiling enhances finger grip" They are very comfortable and should you find an issue with the standard Campag grips these could be worth a try.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Weight savings of 7-12g/set.
*ODI’s proprietary material is soft but durable.
*Colours - Bastogne Blue, Milano Lime, Brugge Black, Eroica Celeste, Paris Pink, Roubaix Red, Wallonne White & Vlaanderen Yellow
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Ideal, they are comfortable, fit well and look good
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
loads more colour options than the standard Campag versions
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
they get grubbier than black ones
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.