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Campagnolo 12 speed Record and Super Record: the first Campagnolo 12 speed groupsets for road bikes!

Campagnolo is the first to release a 12 speed groupset for road bikes. It was inevitable that 12 speed groupsets would be designed for road bikes. For the time being, the Campagnolo 12 speed groupsets are only available in the updated Record and Super Record groupsets. But what are the differences between the ‘old’ Campagnolo groupsets and these new 12 speed groupsets?

The new Campagnolo 12 speed groups are obviously available as rim brake version and disc brake version. And the good news: if you are already using Campagnolo wheels you can continue using those. The 12 speed cassettes fit on the existing body.

Campagnolo 12 speed Super Record. A lovely image to dream away with.
Campagnolo 12 speed Super Record. A lovely image to dream away with.

So what exactly has been improved? In this blog we’ll walk you through the differences.

New shifters

The new ergopower shifters have adjusted ergonomics. That way they are shaped even better to the natural position of the hand. With these Campagnolo shifters you can can move down 5 gears and move up 3 gears with just one click.

As always, even Campagnolo’s shifters are a pleasure to look at.
As always, even Campagnolo’s shifters are a pleasure to look at.

The advantage of this is that you can quickly find the right gear. And to top it off, the new cables are now even thinner and offer less resistance.

The position of the thumb panel is slightly improved so you can switch gears more easily when holding the lower handlebar.
The position of the thumb panel is slightly improved so you can switch gears more easily when holding the lower handlebar.

Campagnolo’s well-known thumb panel has gotten a slightly different position. This way you can easily switch gears when you’re gripping the lower handlebar.

Campagnolo 12 speed derailleurs
The new 12 speed derailleurs make use of Campagnolo’s so-called 3D Embrace Technology. This ensures that the distance between the cage and the sprocket is always the same and therefore optimal.

The derailleur features Campagnolo’s 3D Embrace Technology. This ensures that the distance between the cage and the sprocket is always ideal.
The derailleur features Campagnolo’s 3D Embrace Technology. This ensures that the distance between the cage and the sprocket is always ideal.

The updated front derailleur can also be trimmed on the large chainring. In the previous series of groupsets only the small chainring could be trimmed. So this way you can have the chain sloping on the drivetrain without added noise.

Campagnolo 12 speed cassettes

The new 12 speed cassettes are available in an 11-29 version and an 11-32 version. Both the Record as well as the Super Record groupset use the same cassette.

The 12 speed cassette is as tall as an 11 speed cassette, so you don’t have to buy other wheels.
The 12 speed cassette is as tall as an 11 speed cassette, so you don’t have to buy other wheels.

And surprisingly, the 12 speed cassette is slightly cheaper in price. This has to do with the fact that Campagnolo uses hardened steel instead of titanium.

The largest sprocket has a maximum capacity of 32 teeth.
The largest sprocket has a maximum capacity of 32 teeth.

The 12 speed chain is naturally as reliable as the 11 speed. Do you already have an 11 speed chain tool? It’s perfectly possible to use this with the 12 speed chain as well.

Campagnolo 12 speed crank arm

The crankset also has undergone a few nice adjustments. The updated version has a more aerodynamic design. You can assemble and disassemble the crank with the Ultra Torque system. The mounting bolt is mounted from the non-drive side.

Renewed rim brakes

The direct mount version of the rim brakes has gotten a few adjustments to brake even more powerfully. And the new rim brakes are even lighter too.

Unlike the rim brakes, the disc brakes haven’t been updated.
Unlike the rim brakes, the disc brakes haven’t been updated.

The differences between the Record and the Super Record groupset are not only visible in the colour of the bolts. Obviously, the Super Record groupset is slightly lighter due to the use of lighter material.

As always, the Campagnolo Super Record group is the crème de la crème in terms of performance and looks.
As always, the Campagnolo Super Record group is the crème de la crème in terms of performance and looks.

And to make sure you can assemble pretty wide tyres, around the brakes there’s space for 28 mm tyres.

Proven and reliable disc brakes

It has been a while since Campagnolo’s disc brakes were updated. But that’s not surprise. Due to the cooperation with Magura, these disc brakes are perhaps the best disc brakes on the market for road bikes.

In a previous review we were already enthusiastic about the Campagnolo disc brakes.

In this close-up shot you can see how Campagnolo paid attention to even the smallest details.
In this close-up shot you can see how Campagnolo paid attention to even the smallest details.

Now that 12 speed sets for road bikes are a fact, we can begin to count down to the moment where the first 1×12 groupsets will be introduced. But whether Campagnolo will be the first to do so, that’s only a matter of time until we find out…

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Kees Neijenhuis

Kees Neijenhuis

Enthusiastic trail runner and mountain biker. I love being outdoors! I also have a weak spot for beautiful products and true craftsmanship. Rides a Trek Top Fuel 9.7 SL 2018.

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