The dawn of a new era in shifting.
For more than 75 years, Campagnolo has been at the forefront of cycling innovation. From the invention of the quick-release hub to the Gran Sport derailleur, Campagnolo has always tackled difficult challenges with a sense of bravado that's won them a fiercely loyal fan base. So, it's not surprising that Campagnolo spent twenty years and went through six research models to develop the ultimate in electronic shifter design, the Super Record 11 EPS Ergopower Shifters. To make sure they got it right, Campagnolo subjected this electronic breakthrough to over a season under the legs of the MoviStar Team. While long out of reach for non-professionals, Campagnolo's electronic prototypes are in production, and preferential accessibility is a thing of the past. EPS shift levers are coming to take the cycling world by storm.
Campagnolo rethought the mold, quite literally, of lever design when it developed the EPS, or Electronic Power Shift, to surpass its mechanical shifters. While competitors integrated an adjustable lever position into their existing shifters' designs, Campagnolo engineers conducted studies on the ergonomic functionality of shifters to develop the e-Ergonomy Evolution, a re-design of the esteemed Ergopower Levers. Along with new dedicated hoods, the new levers follow the contours of the hand to create more contact and control, direct powerful braking, and full lever usage from any forward position on the bars, and for any hand size. The position of Lever Three, for downshifting, has also changed from the mechanical Super Record; it's now swept down into a smooth, longer contour that requires less compression, and nearly eliminates the long reach of its predecessor. The new Lever 3 makes the downshift more accessible from deep in the drops and more comfortable from the hoods.
As expected, Campagnolo engineers have gone above and beyond to accommodate Campy purists wary of electronic shifting by retaining their 'one lever, one shift' motto, and by developing Multidome Technology. Not wanting to lose the feel of mechanical shifting, the shift levers push a sensor comprised of multiple metal layers to replicate the famous 'click' feeling of mechanical versions of Campagnolo levers and to correct any shifting inaccuracies. The capabilities of Campagnolo's celebrated Multi-Shift Technology have also been enhanced, as Super Record 11 EPS permits a multiple shift through all eleven cogs, up or down the cassette, in one compression of the shifter. Compared this to the mechanical Super Record's Multi- Shift capacity of five cogs for the downshift and three cogs for the upshift. As a result, Super Record 11 EPS achieves a total cassette shift in 1.5 seconds.
Another thing we love about Campagnolo is its passion for putting the power in the hands of the user, and Super Record 11 EPS> doesn't disappoint. New to EPS is the introduction of the Switch Mode button, conveniently located behind Lever 3 on the hoods. Switch Mode lets you check battery status and engage Ride Mode to make 0.1mm adjustments to the front derailleur and 0.25mm adjustments to the rear derailleur, in seven-position increments, all in real time during a ride.
Campagnolo has also spent a considerable amount of effort in protecting the smallest aspects of the shifters from extreme elements. While Campagnolo was testing a prototype of the electronic shifter in the 2005 Giro D'Italia, the electronic systems on the team bikes fixed atop the car were paralyzed by an infiltration of water from heavy rain. The mechanics had to switch the team's bikes to mechanical drivetrains overnight. Although the electronic model was slated to be manufactured within the year, Campagnolo engineers started from the ground up to remedy the problem; the result is completely weather-resistant electronic shifters. Everything from the electronic board to the miniaturized harness housed inside the shifters is waterproof. The Super Record 11 EPS Ergopower Shift Levers can, literally, shift under water.
A hallmark of Campagnolo design is the ability to re-think what works, and then figure out how to make it better. Viewing itself as the only competition in the electronic shifters market, Campagnolo has managed to shave considerable weight, enhance Multi Shift Technology, and improve ergonomics over earlier models. Over time, we've come to expect nothing less than perfection from Campagnolo, and the Super Record 11 EPS Ergopower Shifters prove to be well worth the wait.