Without doubt, the cycling brand from Vicenza, Italy, aren’t afraid to launch into something new in a big way when they feel the timing is right and so it is with their disc brake groupsets.
Once disc brakes started to become interesting to the professional ranks Campagnolo made sure they had something to offer customers looking for that next big thing.
In the current line-up, they offer three hydraulic versions of their Ergo power shift/brake levers: H11 EPS for the electronic Super Record and Record groupsets; H11 for the mechanical versions of the top-end duo plus Chorus; and HO for the Potenzall groupset.
Campagnolo may not have rushed to the shops with its disc brake options, only launching them in 2017, yet there is a certain confidence and completeness about the range.
Despite having produced motorcycle disc brakes several decades ago, Campagnolo started afresh and consulted German hydraulic brake experts Magura to come up with the right engineering solutions between them, only launching to market once they were sure they were absolutely ready.
Campagnolo’s groupsets offer broadly similar performance and longevity across the range, with the main difference between different levels being weight and materials used (top end groupsets use more carbon components). It’s no surprise, therefore, that all three hydraulic options look very similar.
Offering the sleekest hydraulic hood of the big three manufacturers, the disc-brake Ergopower H11 levers certainly look the most similar to their rim brake counterparts, thanks to the master cylinder only requiring an additional 8mm of height-this is partly dueto the unit having a larger size to begin with. All the same, Campagnolo had to completely redesign the internal architecture to fit both shift and brake elements in.
Technology wise, Campagnolo use a non-toxic mineral oil along with 22mm phenolic resin pistons that have a larger surface area than most to give improved pad contact and also reduce the transfer of heat into the oil. Intriguingly, they’ve also managed to do away with the pad- separating spring by using an integrated magnetic spring on the piston itself.
Three excellent options cover the six groupsets and bring a classic style to the new hydraulic stoppers.