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Campagnolo groupsets explained

Campagnolo Ekar gravel groupset
(Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Founded in 1933 by Tullio Campagnolo, the quintessentially Italian cycling brand began after Campagnolo himself conceived a number of innovations while racing. Such ideas included the humble quick release and the derailleur, which we take for granted today. Campagnolo’s continual desire to improve and innovate cemented the company as one of the pioneers in the sport.

Today, Campagnolo holds its position as an aspirational, premium brand, manufacturing a range of road and time-trial components, namely groupsets and wheelsets, as well as a collection of performance-orientated clothing.

The Italian company recently launched its first dedicated gravel offering, the 13-speed Ekar groupset, which brings Campagnolo's archetypal ethos of style, durability and performance to the burgeoning gravel bike market. 

For the 2020 season, Campagnolo sponsors three WorldTour teams: CofidisLotto Soudal and UAE Team Emirates.

Scroll down to find all of the currently available Campagnolo groupsets to buy. You can also read our overview of the best Campagnolo wheelsets.

Campagnolo Groupsets

Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed EPS V4

The ultimate in performance, but with a hefty price tag to match

RRP: £3809.99 rim / £4099.99 disc | Shifting: Electronic w/ Multi-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 12 | Weight: 2207g rim / 2432g disc | Cranks: 165mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-29T, 11-32T

Performance, adjustability
Aesthetics
11-speed freehub compatible
Price

Available as either a rim or disc brake variant, Super Record EPS is a performance-orientated groupset, aimed at road cyclists who demand the very best from their ride. 12-speed Super Record EPS shares a number of its components with its mechanical namesake, substituting in electronic shifters, derailleurs, subsidised by the V4 battery and interface.

The crankset is made from carbon fibre and a titanium axle, which uses Campagnolo’s Ultra-Torque system, essentially locking together the two halves of the axle in the centre with a single bolt. Taking heed from the 11-speed Super Record crankset design, the 4 bolt spider can fit all three available chainring options.

Rim brakes are available with dual-pivot or direct-mount calipers, and disc brakes come in the form of flat-mount hydraulic calipers - which are available down to Chorus level - paired with centre lock ‘AFS’ (Axial Fixing System) rotors. As per it’s two braking options, Super Record EPS comes with two different shifter variants, both of which feature Campagnolo’s Vari-Cushion rubber hoods, and Multi-Dome technology, which provides tactile feedback to prevent shift uncertainty.

The Super Record cassette, which is also shared with Record groupsets, comes in 11-29 or 11-32 variations. If that’s not enough, 11-34 has since been made available at Chorus level and will work with the Super Record derailleur. The good news is the 12-speed cassettes are the same width as their 11-speed forerunners and will fit your 11-speed wheels without additional expense.

Campagnolo’s EPS groupsets are waterproof to IP67 rating and come with a few features that serve to improve your ride. For example, Campagnolo’s ‘Position Sensor’ which is a sensor built into the derailleurs that auto-adjusts its position to provide the optimal chain line, no matter your choice of gear. It also includes Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity via the V4 interface, which facilitates wireless connectivity to smartphones and GPS devices. You can use this to access on-board diagnostics and Campagnolo’s Multi Shifting Technology settings via the MyCampy app.

The updated V4 battery is slimmer, yet slightly longer than the V3 it replaces, slender enough that frame compatibility is unlikely to be an issue, and as per Campagnolo’s claims, their already-market-leading ‘Power Unit’ benefits from a 10 per cent increase in capacity. In real-world terms, this should enable around 500-750 miles between charges - depending on terrain and usage, of course.

Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed

A world-class road groupset, more gear range and a sleek design, but it gains a few grams over 11 speed

RRP: £2599.99 rim / £2859.99 disc | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Ultra-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 12 | Weight: 2014g rim / 2261g disc | Cranks: 165mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-29T, 11-32T

Performance
Aesthetics
11-speed freehub compatible
Price

The Campagnolo Super Record groupset was the first 12-speed groupset to hit the road cycling world. With it came a newly designed direct-mount rear derailleur, an updated 12-speed specific front derailleur, a new hollow carbon fibre four-arm crankset, updated shifter and flat mount disc brakes.

Like the 11-speed groupset it replaces, Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed features Ultra-Shift technology, which enables you to perform three downshifts (to larger sprockets) with a single throw of the lever, and five upshifts (to smaller sprockets) with a single press of the thumb-actuated lever - more than any of its mechanical competitors. You’ll still feel each individual click and subsequent shift, so there’s little chance of shift uncertainty. The option to trim the front derailleur position enables a smooth chain line and prevents chain rub, handy when cross chaining.

The new 12-speed cassette allows a wider gear range without creating gaps elsewhere on the block. The 6 biggest sprockets are made up of two triplets, which were each machined from a single block of steel. This increases stiffness, but it does come at a weight penalty of almost 80g compared to its 11-speed predecessor. Set-up and modification is simplified by way of having just one rear derailleur option that will accommodate all available cassettes, complemented by the four-arm chainset with a single BCD (bolt circle diameter) for all three chainring configurations.

Like Super Record EPS above, the Ergopower levers come with Campagnolo’s Vari-Cushion rubber hoods which improve grip in all weather conditions. Using a small hex-key screw behind the brake lever, you can adjust the free-throw to improve a comfortable ride for all hand sizes - a feature which is available down to Chorus level.

Campagnolo Record 12-speed

Top-end mechanical shifting, saving money via a few grams of added weight

RRP: £1764.99 rim / £1999.99 disc | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Ultra-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 12 | Weight: 2160g rim / 2389g disc | Cranks: 165mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-29T, 11-32T

11-speed freehub compatible
Super Record performance
Price

Launched at the same time as the Super Record 12 speed mechanical groupset, Record is functionally very similar, but the difference in chosen materials - namely the omission of some titanium and carbon fibre - means it carries a bit of extra weight, whilst being a less expensive proposition.

Record borrows its cassette, chain and disc brakes from Super Record, meaning it gets the same 11-29 and 11-32 sprocket options, the same narrow 12-speed specific chain, and the AFS centre-lock rotors with a safety-inspired rounded external edge. It also includes ergonomically designed shifters with VariCushion hoods, which are designed to provide a secure grip in all weather conditions.

In redesigning the Record chainset, special attention has been paid to better cope with cross chaining and shifting during pedalling dead-spots, however, when compared to Super Record, the Ultra-Torque axle is steel rather than titanium, which adds 90 grams, and it relinquishes the low-friction ceramic bearings.

Campagnolo Chorus 12-speed

The most affordable route into 12-speed road groupsets, with a not-so-subtle nod to the gravel road market

RRP: £1199.99 rim / £1699.99 disc | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Ultra-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 12 | Weight: 2268g rim / 2511g disc | Cranks: 165mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 52/36T, 50/34T, 48/32T | Cassette: 11-29T, 11-32T, 11-34T

Choice of gear range 
Price
12-speed range
11-speed freehub compatible
No 53/39 chainset option
Weight

The first thing you notice with the Chorus groupset is the different choice of gearing options, with Campagnolo omitting the 53/39 standard chainring configuration in favour of a 48/32, and the third cassette option of 11-34 being added to the customary 11-29 and 11-32. Chorus looks set to bring 12-speed to the masses, especially those who enjoy a bit of unpaved adventure.

Chorus 12-speed is a mechanical groupset with a choice of hydraulic disc and mechanical rim brakes, offering both dual-pivot and direct-mount calipers for the latter, and takes on a similar aesthetic to 12-speed Record and Super Record. Most of Chorus’ components are specific to the lower-spec groupset, besides the disc brakes and rotors, which are shared with its more premium stablemates.

In order to bring the cost down, the materials used tend to shy away from carbon fibre and titanium, in favour of aluminium and steel, although the crankset still benefits from a carbon fibre layup, retaining stiffness and providing weight savings.

While Chorus forgoes the ability to adjust the hydraulic brake levers’ modulation, it does retain its ergonomic refinement, meaning lever reach can be amended as per your preference - perfect for those with smaller hands.

Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed EPS V3

While officially discontinued, the lightest EPS groupset is still a great option at a likely-discounted price

RRP: £2999.99 rim / £3892.99 disc | Shifting: Electronic w/ Multi-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 2068g rim / 2345g disc | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-23T up to 11-29T

Performance
Discounted
Finding 11-speed Super Record level replacement parts may become difficult in future

It would be easy to overlook 11-speed Super Record EPS V3, having been upstaged and outclassed by it’s 12-speed replacement, but the fact remains, 11-speed Super Record EPS is still as good as the day it was released, which is superb.

As Super Record EPS V3 is still readily available with distributors and retailers worldwide, we feel it’s still worthy of inclusion in our list. Considering the 11-speed groupset is already available at a discount from its original RRP, not only are you still getting a world-class selection of components, you’re doing so at a fraction of the original cost.

The maximum cassette sprocket size for an 11-speed Super Record rear derailleur is 29 teeth. While this might not be as wide-ranging as its competition, paired with a compact chainset, most riders should still be able to find a cassette within their requirements.

The primarily carbon-fibre construction is combined with titanium fixings, which helps to keep the weight down and stiffness up, ensuring durability, premium performance, and an aesthetic that is often touted as Campagnolo’s biggest charm, combining function with form to create a groupset that will look and feel at home on any superbike.

The Super Record EPS 11 V3 is the lightest EPS groupset made by Campagnolo and it’s still a worthy addition to your bike, so if you’re not fussed about having the latest and greatest, this might be the solution for you.

Campagnolo Super Record 11-speed

The lightest groupset in this list. A crisp-shifting, performance-minded mechanical groupset

RRP: £2399.99 rim / £2507.99 disc | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Ultra-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 1880g rim / 2182g disc | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-23T up to 11-29T

Weight
Discounts
Discontinued

When the Super Record 11-speed groupset underwent a redesign in 2015, the most obvious update was to the new crankset which was Campagnolo’s first example of the four-bolt pattern still used by the brand’s 12-speed offerings. This new design meant a single bolt circle diameter - and therefore, a single crank - could be used for all available chainring sizes, which for Super Record 11, include 50/34T, 52/36T or 53/39T.

Super Record 11 also offers the same multiple shift pattern of five up and three downshifts with each throw of the respective lever - as also featured on 11-speed Record, Chorus, and all mechanical 12-speed groupsets.

As for cassettes, the maximum rear-derailleur capacity is 29 teeth - considered plenty at the time of release, but by today’s standards, this is perhaps a shortcoming compared to its competition (Super Record 12-Speed will accommodate up to 34T, for example).

Campagnolo Record 11-speed EPS V3

A great way to save a bit of money if weight isn’t priority number one

RRP: £2899.99 rim / £3583.99 disc | Shifting: Electronic w/ Multi-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 2169g rim / 2379g disc | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-23T up to 11-29T

Performance
Discounts
Finding 11-speed Record level replacement parts may become difficult in future

Borrowing all of the important technologies from Campagnolo Super Record, Record 11 EPS V3 is a functionally identical groupset, but it comes in a few grams heavier by virtue of using less carbon fibre and titanium, instead favouring aluminium and steel.

As with Super Record, the cranks are available in three lengths with three chainring configurations, but they forgo the titanium axle. The shifters are a mere four grams heavier and are available as either hydraulic disc or rim braking options.

Campagnolo Record 11-speed

Super Record performance with a few penny-saving omissions

RRP: £1749.99 rim / £2329.99 Disc | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Ultra-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 1986g rim / 2213g disc | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-23T, 11-25T 11-27T, 11-29T, 12-25T, 12-27T, 12-29T

Performance
Discounts
Finding 11-speed Record level replacement parts may become difficult in future

Like the EPS versions, the differences between Campagnolo’s Record and Super Record 11-speed groupsets are minimal. There’s the same occasional exclusion of carbon fibre and titanium, which accounts for a 48 grams difference in crankset weight. Of course, this also results in a lower overall price.

The other major difference lies in the rear derailleur - namely the bottom jockey wheel, which loses the ceramic ball bearings in favour of more affordable bushings.

Campagnolo Chorus 11-speed EPS V3

The most affordable route to an electronic Campagnolo groupset

RRP: £1999.99 rim / £3099.99 disc | Shifting: Electronic w/ Multi-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 2315g rim / 2553g disc | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-23T, 11-25T 11-27T, 11-29T, 12-25T, 12-27T, 12-29T

Price
Durability
Performance
Weight
Could be hard to replace worn out parts in future

If you’ve decided that Campagnolo is for you, and you’ve been sold on electronic shifting, then Campagnolo Chorus 11 EPS is your most affordable option. According to Campagnolo, the shifting performance is exactly the same as the Record EPS and Super Record EPS groupsets that lie above it in the range.

Chorus is the entry-level carbon fibre groupset in the Campagnolo range, with the familiar twill weave pattern adorning the brake levers and rear derailleur, and as you’ve probably guessed, Chorus gains a few grams in exchange for some financial savings. For example, the chainset comes in 35 grams heavier, with approximately 130 grams gained overall.

Campagnolo Chorus 11-speed

A mid-level carbon fibre groupset, that won’t break the bank

RRP: £1099.99 rim / £1969.99 disc | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Ultra-Shift | Braking: Disc, dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 2103g rim / 2284g disc | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 53/39T, 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-23T, 11-25T 11-27T, 11-29T, 12-25T, 12-27T, 12-29T

Price
Aesthetics
Performance
Weight
Could be hard to replace worn out parts in future

Campagnolo Chorus is an 11-speed groupset that takes trickle-down technology and combines it with cheaper materials in order to create a more affordable groupset, without negatively affecting shifting performance. This does add a few grams, albeit a very slight increase. It gains 117 grams on Record and 223 grams over Super Record when comparing the 11-speed rim-brake variants.

Chorus makes use of the same four-arm chainset, which is made from a combination of carbon fibre and steel. There are two rear derailleurs to choose from. The short cage should suffice for most, as it offers capacity for up to a 29 tooth rear sprocket, which covers all cassettes in the Chorus-specific range.

Chorus is where carbon fibre enters the fray as you work up the Campagnolo groupset range. This carbon fibre helps to offer some weight savings, as well as aesthetic improvements when upgrading from the aluminium Potenza.

Campagnolo Centaur 11-speed

Campagnolo Centaur brings 11-speed shifting to rim brake bikes at a pocket-friendly price point

RRP: £552.99 rim | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Power Shift | Braking: Dual-pivot rim, direct-mount rim | Speeds: 2 x 11 | Weight: 2453g rim brake only | Cranks: 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 52/36T, 50/34T | Cassette: 11-29T, 11-32T, 12-32T

Budget-friendly
11-Speed
Rim-brake compatible only

The Centaur is Campagnolo’s entry-level groupset. It is an 11-speed rim-brake-only mechanical groupset, available in both black and silver colourways. It is an example of how technology can trickle down from the more expensive offerings, providing great functionality at a more affordable price.

Centaur’s shift levers are made from plastic reinforced with carbon fibre, while the brake levers are aluminium. The rear derailleur’s design enables the Centaur to be compatible with cassettes up to 32 teeth, removing the need to choose between short- and long-cage variants.

Centaur provides a choice of compact (50/34) or semi-compact (52/36) cranksets, with crank lengths ranging from 170mm to 175mm. There are three cassette configurations, which are 11-29T, 12-32T and 11-32T. Finally, Centaur is available with either standard or direct mount brakes.

(Image credit: Graham Cottingham)

Campagnolo Ekar 13-speed

Ekar 13-speed groupset’s dependable shifting and excellent braking performance brings Campagnolo into the age of gravel

RRP: £1,449 | Shifting: Mechanical w/ Power Shift | Braking: Disc | Speeds: 1 x 13 | Weight: 2,385g disc only | Cranks: 165mm, 170mm, 172.5mm, 175mm | Chainrings: 38T, 40T, 42T, 44T | Cassette: 9-36T, 9-42T, 10-44T

13-speed cassette range
Secure and controlled chain
Powerful yet controllable brakes
Dependable shifting
Hoods shape
Can't downshift while braking
Rubber hood material while grippy is rough on hands
No integrated left-hand gear shifter dropper post actuation

Campagnolo's 13-speed Ekar groupset promises immense benefits for gravel riders. The Italian component brand used extensive rider research to evaluate what gravel bikers need. In Campagnolo's comprehensive rider survey that totalled 4,500 gravel bike owners, durability and gearing range were identified as the most desirable attributes of any gravel drivetrain, with aesthetics and double-chainring compatibility deemed nonessential.

These rider-generated preferences served as a reference for Campagnolo’s industrial designers and engineers, as they set about creating a dedicated 1x13 Ekar system. Although aesthetics were not a rider priority, Campagnolo’s Italian heritage has delivered a 1x13 gravel bike drivetrain that is both robust and pleasing on the eye.

Campagnolo Ekar groupset review

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