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Quick Look: Campagnolo’s 11-speed Electronic Power Shift

Campy surprises with two electric groups, with one-push cassette sweep.

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Campagnolo EPS left lever
Campagnolo EPS left lever

TAORMINA, Italy (VN) — In an effort that Campagnolo surely hopes will result in a power shift in its direction in the global component market, the company officially introduced its Electronic Power Shift Monday evening in a beautiful beach resort in eastern Sicily. While all of my hopes for the group were not realized, there were a few that were exceeded.

One surprise was that the company introduced two groups: namely Super Record EPS and Record EPS. Another is that Campagnolo claims that its two groups are now the two lightest electronic groups on the market, with Super Record EPS weighing in at under 2,100 grams, and Record EPS coming in at around 2,200 grams. While prices have yet to be determined, Record EPS is designed to compete on price with Dura-Ace Di2 while offering a slight weight advantage. The company will be shipping groups for sale next month, so the price information will have to become public soon!

Another surprise is that that with a single push, you can shift through all 11 gears up or down; the system reacts to how long you hold a button down. Holding it down for 1.5 seconds goes through all 11 gears, while you can shift, say, three gears in a go by holding it down less than half a second.

On Tuesday we will ride bikes equipped with EPS groups around Mount Etna. I’ll let you know how it goes.