|Campagnolo's New Products for 2002|
By David Díaz BlancoLots and lots of new things are expected to come next year from Vicenza. The folks at Campagnolo think they are living the best age ever for the company, and all they want is to keep on getting higher in the world bicycle market.
The 10 speed groupos have meant a revolution. For 2002 the Italian brand wants to make this technology suitable for everybody and there will be 3x10 transmissions available for the three upper groupos. There will also be a Record Triple crankset, this is a crankset with three chainrings under Record specifications instead of the racing Triple available until now that is in fact a Daytona quality product. Some rumors said that Campy was developing a Record carbon crankset, but there is nothing official until now.
At the entry level, a new componentry dubbed Xenon (name already used in the early nineties for an off road grouppo) has a tough job to do: the guys at Vicenza wants it to be a product cheap enough to be an option for starters in the sport, but as good as to make all that people think of Campagnolo as the only option for their next bike.
As we reported some time ago, the Daytona has been already renamed as Centaur.
Revolution is the right word for the wheel range:
As we also reported a while ago, the new flagship of the Climb Dynamic range will be the Hyperion, with carbon rims, spokes and hubs. Only 1,300 g a pair for a wheel tough enough to be used everyday.
The Fluid Dynamic range will be much more desirable for 2002. All of them will feature a new spoke pattern that allows to save several grams. Now these wheels will be suitable even for ultra light bikes, while their aerodynamic properties also improve. Really stunning the rear lacing, with half as many spokes at the left side as on the right one. Shamal wheels will be dropped, what means the end of a classic name on the cycling world since they were first introduced in 1993.
Campagnolo hopes these changes will allow them to improve their sales at least as much as they did last year.www.campagnolo.com
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