Friday, October 29, 2010

Campagnolo's Announcement re: Electronic Shifting

The photos of Campagnolo's electronic shifting gruppo on the Pinarello at the Giro d' Italia presentation caused, of course, quite a stir. Subsequently, came news that the gruppo would debut on the Pinarello bikes of the Movistar team next year.

Here is the first direct announcement from Campagnolo about the gruppo (I have translated it from Italian):

"In relation to the recent appearance of the new electronic transmission mounted on the Pinarello bicycle that Campagnolo made for the for the 2011 Giro d'Italia we emphasize that it is still considered a prototype even if very close to the version that will be used by professional cyclists next season by the team of Pinarello/Movistar.

As in the traditional Campagnolo strategy it is our belief that the products that will go to market must first be tested and "put to the whip" by professional cyclists. The company's extensive experience in innovation tells us that this approach is undoubtedly the best avenue for the end product to have the most performance and reliability.

We also take this opportunity to inform everyone that the same Pinarello/Giro d'Italia bicycle will be on display at the upcoming Cycle Mode salon in Tokyo, while the official announcement on the "programma sportivo" for the the group will be announced by Campagnolo during the presentation of team Pinarello/Movistar.

In accordance with the normal timing related to the launch of a new product, the technical details, photographs, and all information relating to the final product will be announced at a future and formal presentation."

A few close-ups of the components here.

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