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CAMPAGNOLO SUPER RECORD is back! 11 SPEED is here!

edit: this ones for you agent mike ;)

So im in the middle of a NEW bike build... a new road bike.. (BMC TEAM MACHINE in swiss colors) now i currently have a half FSA / SHIMANO ULTEGRA build on it... why? well im waiting... and waiting for this looks like its gonna be worth it! check out the new CAMPAGNOLO SUPER RECORD 11 SPEED grouppo






Lately alot of new groupos have been released or debuted, i have yet to cover all of them because there are just too many and dont really wow me so easily... Shimano 7900, Shimano Di2, Sram RED, Campagnolo E whatever i dunno... but 11 speed Super Record might just be the ticket that gets me to switch over from being a devout shimano rider... to... well.. switching over to the darkside if you must...

switching over to the great return of SUPER RECORD....

Well as you can see the hoods have a changed appearance. Seems like Campanolo took some styling cues from its arch-nemesis Shimano, and vice versa... Seems like Dura ace 7900 shifters copied Campy ergo hoods.

In any case im sure the styling of the hoods and how people feel about it will get a great batch of mixed reviews.... for me? well im gonna go ahead and say.. yea its hot...

but what really gets my vote is the graphic down the lever that lets you know... you got 11 gears and clicks ready to go!

Now the huge debate all over the world is of course.... WHEN is enough enough? how many gears do we really need? is 11 necessary? well im gonna have to say that this has been the debate for years... 6,7 speeds? moving to 9 ? going to 10? riding compact? now 11? as the range of gear ratios get closer... finding that magical ratio gets easier...











but what about durability? how much thinner narrower smaller can the chain and cassette really get?

how about weight? pretty soon we will be riding on paper thin cassetes with spaghetti chains...

and at what cost? if bike parts arnt already expesive enough.... $3000 frame sets... $1000 wheels... $1000 other misc parts... $2000+ groupo? hmmm... people always think im working on a motorcycle when i tell them, "yea my bike parts cost $$$$"











well.. as my kid bro always says... you gotta pay to play.. and 11 speed is something i definitely want to play with!

now a compact 11 speed will be even sweeter... and make it sub 2000 grams while we are at it... and you really got yourself a customer...now if it will be record which i can afford that will be another question.... but according to sources 11 speed will be available on Super Record, Record, and Chorus.

i think bikes stores should start selling bicycles like they do cars... awkwards back and forth negotiations... a nice little lounge to get refreshments... test drives.... in house financing... service and maintenance drop offs...oh wait... they already do do that.....


2 comments:

adrian said...

Come on J, join me on the dark side....

mike said...

haha.. what i say? all bikes all the time.

campy ftw.