Yesterday, 7 November, saw Campagnolo launch its electronic shifting system to the World Tour professional teams and press in Sicily. The Italian groupset manufacturer presented two electronic groups: Record EPS (Electronic Power Shift) and Super Record EPS, with similar functionality yet slight variances in weight and bearing performance between the two. The flagship groupset including the new electronic technology and components will now therefore be the lighter Super Record EPS.
The top-end Super Record EPS, unlike its Record EPS electronic compatriot, includes titanium and ceramic componentry, to deliver its super-premium status. This use of titanium and ceramics also differentiates the current mechanical Super Record and Record groupsets, which will continue in parallel with their electronic counterparts.
Two of the three major groupset manufacturers have now embraced electro-shifting, with only SRAM staying mechanical for now. Rival Shimano unveiled electronic shifting technology for its Ultegra groupset this summer. Although Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2, was unveiled way back in 2008.
Both Campy and Shimano now have a two-tier electronic gruppo pricing solution for consumers. Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 is around half the price of Dura-Ace Di2, and comes in at a similar price point to the mechanical Dura-Ace groupset.
Pricing for Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS and Record EPS is yet to be determined. Record EPS is said to be in-line with Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2, while Super Record EPS appears to be aiming even higher, with pricing understood to be ‘more’ than Dura-Ace Di2.
Campagnolo will shortly start delivering the complete groupsets to its professional road racing teams to be used at their winter trainings camps. Bike manufacturers should receive the gruppo components in December.