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Tech Report: A quick look at Campy 2006

With the September trade-show season just around the corner, the word about 2006 product has begun pouring into the office. And the latest comes from Italy, where Campagnolo is dropping some hints about wheels, compact cranks and a chain. Eurus: a complete redesignTaking heavy cues from Campagnolo’s sister company Fulcrum, the Eurus has been blessed with some major improvements, including a healthy weight-loss program. For 2006, the Eurus wheelset weighs in at a manufacturer-published 1510 grams. The new version also introduces radical improvements to rim, spokes and hubs. The wheelset uses

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The New Record C10 Ultra Narrow chain

The New Record C10 Ultra Narrow chain

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With the September trade-show season just around the corner, the word about 2006 product has begun pouring into the office. And the latest comes from Italy, where Campagnolo is dropping some hints about wheels, compact cranks and a chain.

The Eurus rear ...

The Eurus rear …

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Eurus: a complete redesign
Taking heavy cues from Campagnolo’s sister company Fulcrum, the Eurus has been blessed with some major improvements, including a healthy weight-loss program. For 2006, the Eurus wheelset weighs in at a manufacturer-published 1510 grams. The new version also introduces radical improvements to rim, spokes and hubs.

The wheelset uses different widths for its rims – 26mm up front and 30mm behind – which renders the front wheel lighter and slightly more maneuverable while making the rear wheel stiffer and stronger. The rims have also been extensively machined to remove excess material between the spoke holes, and each rim is in “dynamic balance,” which means that weight differentials at valve hole and rim joint have been machined away to avoid any imbalance at speed.

The inner wall has no spoke holes, eliminating the need for a rim strip, and may hold a hint about the the future (tubeless tires?). Time will tell, but if I were a betting man I might put some money on it.

... and the Eurus front

… and the Eurus front

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The wheel’s straight-pull aerodynamic spokes are made from butted aluminum (a la Mavic Ksyrium and Fulcrum). The front wheel is radially laced while the rear retains the proprietary G3 spoke pattern. The rear wheel includes offset drilling of the spoke holes to obtain a better dish.

The hub has also been completely redesigned; again taking major cues from Fulcrum. The new hubs are predominantly aluminum, and the free-hub body is also of new design.

Finally, the wheels debut Campy’s new double-pivot quick releases, which promise to provide smooth clamping. The wheels are available in silver or black, and include a version compatible with Shimano HG drive trains.

Compact-drive cranksets
The Centaur, Veloce and Mirage groups all get CT compact cranksets for 2006. They may not have the same drool factor as their Record and Chorus counterparts, but they’re sure to be appreciated by the budget-minded.

The forged aluminum cranksets are adorned with specially designed rings meant to produce sure shifts over the larger jump between small and large rings. The large ring has eight strategically placed pins, up from the six pins found on its predecessor, and is said to shift 19 percent faster.

The new cranksets offer continuity within the three groups they are assigned. The Centaur crankset is available with rings of 34-50, 36-50, and 34-48; Veloce and Mirage are available with 34-50 and 34-48.

Quieter chain
The New Record C10 Ultra Narrow chain is just 5.9mm wide, promising quieter performance that will be less affected by an ill-adjusted derailleur. Both the links and pins are hollow, bringing the weight down to 255 grams. Campy assures us that all of the improvements have been made without compromising any of the performance associated with the original Record 10 chain.

Stay posted – with the Eurobike and Interbike trade shows coming up in September, it only gets more exciting from this point on.

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