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There are many cycling brands whose inception came during a moment of inspiration, but few are as storied as the founding of Campagnolo. The spark came in November of 1927 when a young Tulio Campagnolo, leading a race in Northern Italy, found his hands so frozen that he was unable to loosen the wingnuts used to attach the rear wheel to his bicycle, rendering him unable to shift gears in preparation for the final climb. According to legend, at that moment he vowed to develop a better solution, and he soon went to work developing what would come to be the world's first quick release hub. It would be six years before Campagnolo was officially founded in Vicenza Italy. By the end of the decade Campagnolo would be manufacturing a rod gear, the precursor to the modern derailleur. And when the first parallelogram-based derailleur made its way into the hands of Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali in 1949, Campagnolo's position was solidified forever. It would go on to become the Gran Sport 1012 derailleur, and perhaps more than any other innovation, it pushed cycling technology into the modern age.
Despite its incomparable contributions to the world of cycling, Campagnolo has never been a company to rest on its laurels. Between sponsoring many of road cycling's most dominant racers and developing concepts like the complete system wheelset and integrating shifters into brake levers, the impact that Campagnolo has had on bicycle racing and the industry that surrounds it simply cannot be overstated. Today, the flagship Super Record groupset is perhaps the most prized in the world, and is available in both electronic EPS and traditional mechanical configurations. Many of the technologies proven at the Record level have trickled down to the Chorus, Athena, and Veloce groups. And with many of the top cycling teams choosing to run Campagnolo components throughout their race season, the legendary Italian brand will continue to develop progressive components that set the pace for the rest of the industry.