In 2012, Campagnolo is even more focused on aerodynamics and time trial races. After the preview of Campagnolo’s Time Trial/Triathlon components, the brand is now revealing the new Bora Ultra 80, which ‘enriches and completes the product dedicated to speed enthusiasts.’
The new Bora Ultras with an 80mm rim for tubular tires have been designed and tested in the Campy wind tunnel with the aim of making them as aerodynamic and steady as possible, so that they are responsive during sudden pace changes and balanced at quicker paces.
The 2012 range from Campagnolo also brings some new solutions in terms of design and graphics. For those who like ‘tone on tone’ combinations, Campagnolo has decided to introduce a new colour called Dark Label, which will be available for its Bora Ultra 80, Bora Ultra Two 50 and Bora One.
The new 2012 Bora Ultra 80 wheels have a carbon hub and an oversize aluminium flange. Like their 50mm equivalents, they are fitted with the special ball/bearings system with CULT technology, ‘the combination of the best ceramic balls and the special Cronitect steel cup/cone.’
According to Campy, the application of CULT allows the wheel to be 9 times smoother compared to the traditional steel ball/bearings system. The balls and bearings are only lubricated with oil instead of grease. The treatment used for the bearings prevents oxidation and maintains performance over time.
The new Bora Ultra 80 are also fitted with a dynamic balancing system in the rim: thanks to a special solution applied at the time of manufacturing, the surface of the carbon fibre is positioned in order to achieve a perfect balancing of the rim even at high speed.
The design of the spokes has been created with great care on the smallest detail to make the wheel responsive and steady: the front wheel has 16 stainless steel aeroradial spokes with a variable section and the rear wheel is fitted with 21 stainless steel aero-radial spokes with a variable section and doubled on the cassette side.
They are both fitted with an anti-rotation system for the spokes that always keeps them in an optimal position.
At just 1540g (715g + 825g) the overall light weight of the two wheels is notable. The new Bora Ultra 80 wheels have been designed, both from a technical and graphical point of view, to be integrated with the other 50mm wheels of the Bora range.
Combining the 50mm wheel for the front and the 80mm wheel for the rear, produces an amazing weight of just 1390g.