Review: We were more than happy when Campagnolo invited us to test their new mechanical Super Record Group at the Granfondo Roma a couple of weeks ago. The group was fitted to one of the exclusive, beautiful testbikes with handmade carbon frames. Let’s see how the Super Record performed during the 123km of the Granfondo.
The hard facts:
Before coming to the test itself, let us give you some details on what’s new for Campagnolo’s 2015 Super Record. The centerpiece of the group, the crankarms, also got the biggest update. The design is completely new with four crankarms instead of five as before. Additionally, the chainrings will be screwed into the crankarms directly and separately from now on. Nice: Even though the cranks will be available with rings in 53/39, 52/36 and 50/34, the arms themselves stay the same and the rings are therefore completely interchangeable. Still pretty impressive is the extremely low weight of just 603g.
The front derailleur has been updated with a new cage that has a monocoque carbon design on the outer side. The inner side is completely new as well – it ensures that the chain will swiftly and softly glide from one chainring onto the other. The chain itself has always been cherished by Campagnolo riders for its very good durability. On the rear wheel, the rear derailleur – still almost all Carbon – and the cassette build a perfect ensemble. The derailleur’s insides have been updated as well. The cage now moves according to a different angle and keeps closer to the sprockets, resulting in better power transmission and less wear and tear.
The control center is located at the front in the new Ergopower controls. Like all the other components, they have gotten a facelift as well, internally and externally. By combining titan and carbon, the weight could be kept very low and the new Ultra-Shift technology on the inside limits the maximum number of shifting clicks according to the starting sprocket. The brakes have gotten some minor updates like the lighter pad-holders.
So up to now, all these improvements are mostly theoretical – it’s time to see how the group performed on the bumpy roads and cobbles of Italy.
From the start, the shifting works exceptionally well. The chain glides from one sprocket to the other almost effortlessly and very quickly. However, the clicks are strong enough so that the rider gets enough response. The rear derailleur was 100% reliable at all times, and didn’t really care for hectic and chaotic shifting before some sudden ascents. After some getting used to it, the Ultra-Shift technology really proved to be helpful. The front derailleur works equally well and no matter how hard we tried, we really couldn’t manage to drop the chain once – very nice. Campagnolo simplified the trimming at the front: Instead of 4 clicks as before, there are only 2 left. You almost never need to trim and if you do, it’s just wonderfully easy to do.
The feel of the new Ergopower grips is comfortable and your hands seem to glide into the right position from the beginning. Like the rest of the group, the brakes were also up to the test at all times. They feel neither too firm nor too spongy and always offer enough stopping power with good modulation.
So what’s the bottom line? There’s not a whole lot left to say: Campagnolo’s new Super Record is a great mechanical group. It has got its price but it is well worth the money, especially if it proves to be as reliable and durable as we’re used to from the Italians. Thumbs up.
- Weight of just 1920g
- New 4-arm crank design
- Ultra-Shift triggers with maximum clicks according to original sprocket