Campagnolo unveils new triple cranksets, compact gearing

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published May. 16, 2012

In a move that will certainly be welcomed by many who want more than a compact double to ease their uphill riding, Campagnolo will be offering three new triple cranksets for 2013.

Each crankset is claimed to have the lowest “U-factor” (width of the crank at the bottom bracket; i.e., ankle clearance) and “Q-factor” (width of the crank at the pedal eye; i.e., pedaling stance width) in its class. Campagnolo claims shifting speed and precision on par with double drivetrains.

These will be Campagnolo’s first ultra-light, hollow-forged aluminum cranks. Three new triple cranksets will be available: Athena 11-speed in Deep Black and Bright Silver versions, Centaur 10-speed in Deep Black and Black-and-Red versions, and Veloce 10-speed in Deep Black and Bright Silver versions. Chainring sizes will be 30-39-50 (10-speed only) and 30-39-52 (11-speed or Centaur 10-speed).

The triple front derailleur has been completely redesigned, while the rear derailleur, which will be available with a short (55mm), medium (72.5mm), medium+ (82mm; 11-speed Athena only), or long (89mm, 10-speed only) cage, has the same body as in the standard 10- and 11-speed Athena, Centaur and Veloce groups. The long-cage derailleur will be needed with the new Centaur 10-speed 12-30 cogset; a new 12-27 Centaur 10-speed cogset will also be available. The cogsets will be quieter and more durable, thanks to a special surface hardening treatment and geometry synchronized with the Teflon-coated Centaur 10-speed chain.

In 11-speed compact double cranks, Campagnolo is announcing that it will offer a new chainring combination: 52/36. The new compact 52/36 carbon-only cranksets will be available for all 11-speed Campagnolo groups, namely Super Record, Record, Chorus and Athena. Available lengths will be in 165, 170, 172.5 and 175mm. Weights will be: 663g for Athena Carbon, 690g for Chorus, 40g less for Record (650g), and 607g for the Super Record. The 52/36 Super Record and Record cranksets are compatible with the Campagnolo EPS electronic drivetrain.

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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