2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
NAHBS Seminar Report – Campagnolo

Campagnolo Seminar NAHBS 2015
Presented by Buddy Spafford, Tech Service and Training Rep

For 2015, Campagnolo’s revered Chorus, Record and Super Record cable-actuated gruppos are modified to accommodate changing frame designs and to mimic the characteristics of the electronic EPS groups.

Starting with the Ergo shift levers, the body shape remains unchanged with a modified hood texture and new underhood waffling for vibration dampening. However, internal changes greatly impact front shifting. As with EPS, front downshifts are quick and require a second tap of the shifter for effective trim. Only three clicks are now required for shifts to the big ring. The Front Derailleur is all new with a wider body, molded carbon pushplate and 45 nm of shifting torque. Also present is a frame stiffener brace.

The 2015 crankset retains the Ultratorque Hirth joint bottom bracket, while evolving to a 4 arm spider. This means that all chainrings, standard and compact, are interchangable on one body. Users of BB30 pressfit bottom brackets will enjoy the redesigned chamfering that is aimed at eliminating BB30 creak.

Most exciting in the 2015 Chorus/Record/Super Record redesign is the quicker, quieter, self-tuning rear derailleur. An asymmetric parallelogram along with 3-D carbon molded plates render a unique look. A self centering cam on the upper pivot adjusts to the trend of frames having a derailleur hanger further behind the axle. Spring tension and chain-to-cog gap is consistent up and down the cassette, which greatly improves mid-cassette shifts. With the proliferation of internally routed cables and issues with improper cable tension, a more powerful return spring is used.

All of these improvements mean that the 2015 Chorus/Record/Super Record gruppos are not backwards-compatible to your current 11-speed equipped bikes.

Finally, the Bora wheelset receives a facelift with a wider 25mm profile and less carbon for lighter weight. 35 mm and 50 mm rim depths remain as options, however Bora 1 wheelsets use aluminum hubshells and USB bearings and Bora Ultras use three piece carbon hubs and CULT bearings.

Also new is a Bora Ultra clincher. Parallel machine facing of the rim’s braking surface improves modulation.

Yet all the focus on carbon has not eliminated the aluminum Shamal. This all black rim features a hardened brake track, requiring special pads to handle the abrasive surface. The all-black look (brake track included) should appeal to those preferring a consistent look.