Campagnolo Levante gravel wheels first look review

Campagnolo launches its first set of gravel-specific wheels, designed for off-road racing and adventure riding

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Campagnolo Levante gravel wheels first look
(Image: © Graham Cottingham)

Early Verdict

Campagnolo’s first foray into a dedicated gravel-specific wheelset has all the right numbers. And they look great, too


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    Lovely shiny C-LUX finish

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    Sweet spot internal diameter for broad gravel tyre compatibility

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    Regular spoke pattern for easier maintenance


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    Serious gravel racers will miss aero gains of a deeper rim

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I'm not sure even Campagnolo expected such success when it launched Ekar, its first gravel groupset back in late 2020 but, since then, gravel has been a fruitful discipline for Campagnolo. The Italian brand has now bolstered its gravel range with the Levante wheelset, which will sit alongside the existing Shamal all-road wheels as Campagnolo’s best gravel wheelset

Campagnolo says that the Levante has been designed from the gravel up for all drop-bar off-road riding, whether it's racing or bikepacking. The new wheels borrow tech from the brand's ultra-premium road wheelset, too, and have been finished in order to complement Campagnolo’s Ekar gravel groupset.

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Graham has been part of the Cyclingnews team since January 2020. He has mountain biking at his core and can mostly be found bikepacking around Scotland or exploring the steep trails around the Tweed Valley. Not afraid of a challenge, Graham has gained a reputation for riding fixed gear bikes both too far and often in inappropriate places.

What is a hands on review?

'Hands on reviews' are a journalist's first impressions of a piece of kit based on spending some time with it. It may be just a few moments, or a few hours. The important thing is we have been able to play with it ourselves and can give you some sense of what it's like to use, even if it's only an embryonic view.