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2015 Campagnolo Super Record groupset - just in

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Campagnolo definitely caused a stir after photos first surfaced of its new four-arm crankset design but it does look much better in person

Campagnolo definitely caused a stir after photos first surfaced of its new four-arm crankset design but it does look much better in person (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Forming the largest seven cogs out of titanium keeps the actual weight of an 11-29T cassette to just 210g

Forming the largest seven cogs out of titanium keeps the actual weight of an 11-29T cassette to just 210g (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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While Shimano has moved to composite spiders on its latest Dura-Ace cassettes, Campagnolo sticks with aluminium

While Shimano has moved to composite spiders on its latest Dura-Ace cassettes, Campagnolo sticks with aluminium (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The Record 11 chain is carried over from last year

The Record 11 chain is carried over from last year (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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As before, Campagnolo offers a single-pivot rear brake option for riders that prefer less power out back

As before, Campagnolo offers a single-pivot rear brake option for riders that prefer less power out back (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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One of the only areas of disappointment on the new groupset is the brakes, which are unchanged from last year and notably lacking in performance relative to the competition

One of the only areas of disappointment on the new groupset is the brakes, which are unchanged from last year and notably lacking in performance relative to the competition (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Each chainring now bolts directly to the back of the massive carbon fibre spider, which bodes very well for rigidity and shift performance

Each chainring now bolts directly to the back of the massive carbon fibre spider, which bodes very well for rigidity and shift performance (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The new carbon fibre spider is a big and burly structure

The new carbon fibre spider is a big and burly structure (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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While Record makes do with a bushing for the lower pulley, Super Record get a proper hybrid ceramic bearing

While Record makes do with a bushing for the lower pulley, Super Record get a proper hybrid ceramic bearing (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The mixed-materials cage keeps weight low while still maintaining some durability

The mixed-materials cage keeps weight low while still maintaining some durability (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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We wish that Campagnolo had lowered the thumb paddle as on the EPS levers; these are still tough to reach when you're in the drops

We wish that Campagnolo had lowered the thumb paddle as on the EPS levers; these are still tough to reach when you're in the drops (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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New for 2015 is a wider-range 11-29T cassette option. As Campagnolo's cassette prices increase with tooth size, though, this one will definitely cost you

New for 2015 is a wider-range 11-29T cassette option. As Campagnolo's cassette prices increase with tooth size, though, this one will definitely cost you (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The slight inward hook up top is perfectly shaped for your thumbs

The slight inward hook up top is perfectly shaped for your thumbs (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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(Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Have issues with heel rub? The sleek lines on the new Campagnolo Super Record crankset should help

Have issues with heel rub? The sleek lines on the new Campagnolo Super Record crankset should help (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Whereas the standard Record group uses a steel spindle, Super Record gets a titanium one

Whereas the standard Record group uses a steel spindle, Super Record gets a titanium one (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The new Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur isn't just a vision in carbon fibre; it also sports a new geometry that wraps the chain further around the cassette than before

The new Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur isn't just a vision in carbon fibre; it also sports a new geometry that wraps the chain further around the cassette than before (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The carbon fibre upper knuckle is bigger than before as it houses an additional spring

The carbon fibre upper knuckle is bigger than before as it houses an additional spring (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The set screws make for a tidier appearance than traditional limit screws but the generous helping of threadlocking compound makes them tough to turn. Exercise care with those tiny 2mm hex wrenches, folks!

The set screws make for a tidier appearance than traditional limit screws but the generous helping of threadlocking compound makes them tough to turn. Exercise care with those tiny 2mm hex wrenches, folks! (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Wider pivot placement and bigger links should make for a stiffer and more durable parallelogram than before

Wider pivot placement and bigger links should make for a stiffer and more durable parallelogram than before (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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The new front derailleur gets a revised pivot geometry

The new front derailleur gets a revised pivot geometry (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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he longer cable arm makes for a lighter feel at the lever plus shorter lever throws

he longer cable arm makes for a lighter feel at the lever plus shorter lever throws (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Aside from the new hoods, the latest Ergopower levers feel the same in your hands as before

Aside from the new hoods, the latest Ergopower levers feel the same in your hands as before (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)
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Ball bearing pivots do keep the brakes feeling very smooth, though

Ball bearing pivots do keep the brakes feeling very smooth, though (Image credit: James Huang/BikeRadar)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

We first spotted the new Campagnolo Super Record components back at the Giro d'Italia. The company released official details a few weeks later, and now we have a production group in hand for long-term testing. Never fear; the actual items look far better than some of the pictures might suggest and the mechanical changes promise even better shifting performance than before, too.

While the brake calipers, chain, and cassette are unchanged (save for a new wide-range 11-29T option on the cassette), the rest of the group has undergone a rather massive transformation – and nowhere is that more evident than in the new four-arm crankset. The more modern aesthetic is undoubtedly more polarising than its predecessor's more classic lines but it truthfully does look better in person than pictures might otherwise suggest.

Don't fret about the new crankset's appearance; it's very different from before but it also look stunning in person. Get used to it

More importantly, the new (and truly massive) spider now allows for compact, semi-compact, and standard chainrings to all fit on the same crankarm, plus each ring now bolts directly to the arm for reduced flex, which bodes well for shift performance under load. Meanwhile, a titanium axle and hollow carbon fibre arms keep the actual weight of our 170mm-long, compact setup to just 606g, plus another 76g for the matching PF86 press-fit bottom bracket cups.

Both derailleurs are also completely revamped. The rear derailleur gets an entirely new parallelogram geometry that, according to Campagnolo, increases the amount of chain wrap around each cog for reduced wear and better power transfer. By more closely tracking the cogs throughout the cassette range, Campagnolo claims smoother and easier shifting, too, while a new internal spring system makes for more even lever effort throughout the range.

The revamped rear derailleur boasts an updated linkage geometry and gorgeous carbon fibre construction that keeps weight down to just 166g

Liberal use of molded carbon fibre plus a mix of titanium and aluminium hardware keep the actual weight down to just 166g (while also imparting a gorgeously menacing look).

Up at the other end, the front derailleur gets a dramatically longer and more upright cable lever arm. This isn't entirely unlike Shimano's most recent models, and with the same claimed benefits: reduced lever effort and reduced lever movement per shift. Whereas the previous-generation front Ergopower lever was essentially a ratcheting friction shifter with far more positions than necessary, the new edition has just three – with no rubbing thanks to the new cage geometry, according to Campagnolo.

The new front derailleur's longer cable arm should yield shorter lever throws and faster shifting

A full complement of titanium hardware is used here, too, and in combination with the molded carbon fibre and alloy cage, actual weight for our braze-on sample is just 71g.

Aside from the hoods' new texture and silicone rubber material, there's little from the outside to differentiate the 2015 Super Record Ergopower levers from the previous version. Internally, however, there's a completely revamped cable pull ratio to match the new front and rear derailleurs (which also unfortunately means the two generations aren't cross-compatible). Thankfully, Campagnolo has retained its best-in-the-business multi-shift feature, which allows you to move the chain up to four cassette cogs in either direction with one sweep of the lever.

Externally, there's little change with the Ergopower levers aside from the new hoods

Actual weight for our Super Record Ergopower pair is 347g without cables and housing.

The complete list of actual weights and retail prices for the 2015 Campagnolo Super Record group are as follows:

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