Campagnolo Super Record 11 Ultra-Shift Ergopower Shifters $530.00
While Campagnolo Ergopower levers have always been both lightweight and beautiful, a model of European elegance, the designers at Campagnolo figured out how to make their Super Record 11 Ultra-Shift Ergopower Shifters even lighter.
First, let's admire what the Ultra-Shift 11 levers are. They've got a great ergonomic design, one that almost looks as if it was molded inside a pair of hands, a contrast to the chunkier levers of Campagnolo's competition. The first thing they did was change the body material. It's now a new long-fiber reinforced polyamide that is lighter (this is where most of the 10g savings comes from), yet 8% stronger and able to withstand more than double the impact that the previous lever was able to take. Aside from the anatomical shaping, the internals were tweaked in a couple of important ways.
Campagnolo engineers moved the brake lever pivot point so you have equal braking power on the hoods as well as the drops. They have a lighter action that runs on ball bearings, improving wear in comparison to the older 10-speed levers, and they're completely serviceable. They've also improved the ratcheting mechanism in the right lever so the shifting is faster and works better with internal routing, along with tweaking the cable routing in the lever body so the housing running out from the hoods disappears under your hands. For the left lever, they've also improved the cable routing and optimized the way it pulls the cable to match the subtle change on the front derailleur. Here, too, you'll have a hard time noticing the housing as it transitions into the lever, and the improved position makes shifting both lighter feeling and faster.
As with all Ultra-Shift levers, you can affect up to three cogs on the downshift and five cogs on the upshift for the rear derailleur, and you'll have the precisely-indexed up and down sweep on the front derailleur. Also of note are the new graphics, conveying a bolder image, and that Campagnolo has designed accessory hoods and cable housing, in Red and White, that you can purchase if you want to make your levers even more distinctive. In all three colors, you're looking at Vari-Cushion silicone rubber hoods -- as the name indicates they're made with varying densities of silicone to both maximize comfort and durability.
The Campagnolo Super Record 11 Ultra-Shift Ergopower Shifters come with carbon-fiber brake blades boasting three cutouts at the top for weight savings, a carbon-fiber shift lever underneath, and a shift button on the side of the lever body. Included with the levers is a shim you can place under the hoods to bulk-up the levers if your big mitts find them a tad small. Black dual-density brake hoods, Black cable housing and a full complement of Campagnolo cables come with the levers.