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Campagnolo at Planet X

Campagnolo at Planet X

It’s been a long time coming, but Italy’s finest cycling exponent has arrived back at Planet X HQ. Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out a few different bikes loaded with the finest groupsets Campagnolo offer. There’s no middle range here, just top of the line, carbon fibre adorned components straight from the heart of Vicenza.

Ever the choice of champions, from Merckx and Van Looy to Evans and Valverde; Campagnolo is perhaps the most famous name in road cycling. Founded in 1933 in Vicenzo, Italy, Campagnolo has since been responsible for much of the technology that is now commonplace on the road, such as derailleur systems and their earliest innovation, the quick-release skewer. Now at 80, Campagnolo don’t seem to be resting on their laurels, leading the way as they are with their advancements in gearing and pioneering usage of carbon fibre in component manufacturing.

In fact, a look through the history of cycling will tell you Campagnolo are quite often the first to introduce new technology, whilst Shimano and SRAM battle it out in competition together in Campagnolo's wake. Tending to plough their own furrow, their inspiration seemingly comes from as much their own history as it does by others around them. Every iteration of their famed Super-Record groupset (first introduced in 1973), improves on the last, in both performance and weight. By taking the bits that work, they can focus on reducing weight and improving ergonomics, rather than constantly trying to re-invent the wheel. It’s stood them in good stead over the years, Campagnolo users tend to be rather loyal to the system, citing the unique form and feel as a standout factor in their dedication.

We’ve had Campagnolo missing from our range here at Planet X for a bit now, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to offer it to you once again. Last year, we presented some incredible 80th anniversary editions of the flagship Guerciotti Eclipse (there’s one left at a unbeatable price!), and its universal appreciation around the office meant that it was only a matter of time before we got some Campag back in. First up we have given our RT-58 an Italian makeover, with a full, carbon-fibre, Campagnolo Chrorus groupset. We’re not going to end there though, as we have some Record and Super-Record lying in wait, ready and waiting. And all in time for the Giro too!

9 May 2014

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