Technology behind the Tour Champion - Campagnolo

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2014 Tour de France Champion - Vicenzo Nibali of Astana Pro Cycling Team won the 21 day stage race using the new Campagnolo Super Record RS. 

Campagnolo prides itself on its dedication to continuous innovation in an effort to produce cycling componentry and wheels to an ever higher standard. The research and development department as well as the Campy Tech Lab are tasked with developing new solutions and technologies, but also withimproving current products. While the EPS electronic transmission certainly receives a great deal ofattention due to its technological nature, the mechanical transmission is nowhere near obsolete. Just as we still haven’t reached the full potential of the electronic transmission, nor have we seen the pinnacle of mechanical transmission performance. In making one step closer towards the ultimate goal of mechanical shifting perfection, Campagnolo is proud to present the Super Record RS groupset.

This new edition of the Super Record groupset is the fruit of our collaboration with professional teams at the highest level of cycling. While the majority of Campagnolo sponsored riders choose to use the EPS electronic transmission, several prefer the traditional feel of mechanical shifting. Campagnolo doesn’t believe on imposing any system on athletes and feels that whether a sponsored rider chooses to use mechanical or electronic shifting in his quest for victory he should feel confident that he is riding withCampagnolo quality and performance. To ensure that Campagnolo sponsored professional riders couldcount on superior performance and technological advantages even with the mechanical transmission the R+D department set out to produce a groupset that represented a new evolution in mechanical shifting with no compromises, despite harsh conditions. While it was to prove quite difficult to improve upon what was already heralded as fantastic shifting the engineering staff in northern Italy left no detail unexamined to find the best solutions for improving mechanical shifting. The fruit of their labor came inthe form of several prototypes that were tested heavily in the lab but mostly in the field during World Tour competition.