Campagnolo never ceases to evolve and the range of drivetrains has taken on a new sophisticated element: The 12-speed Record mechanical groupset is the iconic brand that has personified the world's greatest successes in cycling, in both professional and amateur races. The victories race bikes have achieved over the years with this groupset demonstrate the highest level of quality present in the processing, technology and premium materials that have always made it stand above the rest as a unique trademark product.
With the 12th sprocket, a new era begins. Enthusiasts will be able to gain unprecedented levels of versatility on their bikes along with the quality and reliability that Campagnolo is known for. The Record 12x2 groupset project was started from a clean slate and all of the components were redesigned. Performance was improved but the dimensions remained the same so that it is compatible with the frames and wheels currently on the market.
The Campagnolo Record 12-speed groupset consists of:
- Record Ultra Shift Ergopower 2x12-speed
- Record Dual Pivot Skeleton brake calipers
- Record Ultra Torque Carbon crankset 2x12-speed
- Record front derailleur 2x12-speed
- Record rear derailleur 2x12-speed
- Super Record cassette 12-speed
- Super Record chain 12-speed
- Cables and Housings
Campagnolo Record Ultra Shift Ergopower dual levers
The levers made of unidirectional carbon lend the Campagnolo Record Ultra Shift Ergopower controls an air of power, stiffness and reliability. These control levers allow riders to select two different lever-handlebar positions spaced to adapt to the size of the hand, whilst keeping braking efficiency constant. This is accomplished through the new angle of the up-shifting lever that prevents any possible contact with the curve of the handlebar. The position of the lever is adjusted by acting directly on the controls in a simple and safe manner.
The Vari Cushion technology offers an ergonomic, comfortable and safe support and grip. The "One Lever, One Action" feature assigns each lever one function to prevent shifting errors. The Ultra Shiftmechanism enables upshifting up to three sprockets at a time and downshifting a full five. The new Record 12x2 Speed levers introduce a double curvature to improve grip and thus safety.
Campagnolo Record Dual Pivot Skeleton brake caliper
The World Tour teams trust the braking response of the Super Record brakes and dozens of Pro Continental and Continental teams turn to Record brakes to take on the World Tour champions.
To meet this requirement, Campagnolo designed the Record brakes with the same braking performance of the Super Record, so that the braking response is consistently decisive and immediate. The braking power is entrusted to the stiffness of the brakes' structure, which is sealed and offers a strong aerodynamic impact, along with the Campagnolo brake block compound developed by the Campy Tech Lab in Vicenza. If necessary, it is easy for either the mechanic or the race athlete to act on the cable tightener register.
Campagnolo Record Ultra Torque Carbon crankset
The Campagnolo Record Ultra Torque Carbon crankset made of carbon fibre with an unidirectional finish guarantees continuity with the design of the entire groupset, whilst maintaining the Ultra Torquebracket system on the steel axle to ensure perfect transmission of power. The 2x12-speed crank can be installed on any type of frame, whether or not it is being used with disc brakes because it optimizes the chain line on the frame with a rear hub flange measuring 130, 135 or 142 mm, without affecting the Q-factor that remains constant at 145.5 mm.
The innovative design of the outer chainring ensures faster, quieter derailing owing to the contoured pin. The symmetrical design of the inner chainring teeth allows improved stability with chain crossovers.
A greater use of carbon fibres at the crank arms with the standard double B.C.D. (112 and 145 mm) reduces the weight while eight fixing screws increase the structure stiffness. The varying number of pins for each of the three chainring combinations (50/34, 52/36 and 53/39 teeth) facilitates upshifting due to the optimised free strokes associated with each combination. The special drains on the inside of the outer chainrings improve performance when downshifting in dead spots.
Campagnolo Record front derailleur
The Campy Tech Lab designers focused on functionality, performance and compatibility when redesigning the Campagnolo Record 2x12-speed front derailleur which reveals various technical innovations. Starting with the leverage system, which is designed to speed up shifting. Less effort is required for shifting thanks to the split front link rod which avoids contact with the travel limit screw and the shape of the inner cage plate, designed to match the 12 speed chain's characteristics.
The micro-adjustments to the front derailleur position (which can be activated by the controls) make it possible to avoid any chain contact, even in cases of maximum crossing. The plate positioned on the aluminium outer cage prevents the chain from escaping when upshifting and increases speed in the downshift phase, as well as creating a quieter transmission.
As far as compatibility is concerned, the Record front derailleur allows up to 32 mm wide tires thanks to the upper connecting rod and the double fixing of the cablex.
Campagnolo Record rear derailleur
Designed to improve performance and function in every aspect, the mechanical Campagnolo Record 12-speed rear derailleur has an innovative shape that envelopes the sprockets better thanks to 3D Embrace technology, creating a double effect: allowing the chain to maintain optimum traction at all times, thus increasing the speed, power and precision of shifting; and ensuring that the derailleur is always kept an optimal distance away from the sprockets.
The redesigned cage has been optimized to work with sprockets from 11 to 34 teeth, allowing a single version to be maintained for all available sprocket sets. The upper part of the Record rear derailleur gearbox is made of carbon fibre-reinforced technopolymer, contributing to its robustness and lightness, while the stop adjustment screws at the back of the rear derailleur make modifications very simple.
Campagnolo Super Record cassette
The rider has always been Campagnolo’s focus, and the goal has always been facilitating their performance; making the impossible possible. Adding an additional sprocket might seem simple, however Campagnolo has not only succeeded in maintaining the same footprint, but also improving the component’s performance and durability, which was a tricky challenge.
The Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed cassette features thinner sprockets, tighter spaces and space-saving dimensions that are the same as those of the 11-speed cassette, meeting everyone’s needs with just two sprocket sets (11-29 and 11-32 teeth). The addition of the 12th sprocket allows a linear upshift or downshift by a single tooth, up to the seventh gear, allowing the cyclist to find the perfect ratio for any situation.
In addition, the closer sprockets ensure faster, quieter and more precise shifting thanks to the special tooth design and surface treatment which guarantees a longer lifetime. The 6 larger sprockets are also available in two single-piece steel triplets, to avoid energy loss. Mounting the cassettes is easy thanks to matching-thickness spacers.
Campagnolo Super Record chain
The chain, in all its apparent simplicity, plays a critical role in the cyclist's safety and in optimizing the entire transmission mechanism.
The Campagnolo Super Record chain also had to be redesigned from scratch to work with all the other 12-speed transmission components. Therefore, the first and most important objective was reducing its overall dimensions. Its width measures just 5.15 mm, thanks to the new pins which are perfectly aligned with the links’ outer surfaces.
The second objective was safeguarding its performance. This was achieved thanks to the Ultra Linksystem that makes the chain safe and durable, and a special treatment that guarantees extreme smoothness and precision shifting.