Showing posts with label Campagnolo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Campagnolo. Show all posts

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rarity: the Campagnolo Tennis Racquet


In the 1974 Campagnolo catalog, No. 17, there is an image (above) on page 9 of a tennis racquet with this text:

"Campagnolo also produces articles for the gifts and sports trades. Among the former let us remember the  patented giant cork-screws permitting even the most resistant corks to be easily and safely extracted, and the nut-crackers, which do not break but do crack the nuts.

With the latter are now included tennis rackets made of special ultralightweight alloys."

In the past we have had blog entries about the corkscrews and nutcrackers. In this entry from 2010 we featured a rare gold nutcracker and mentioned that we had yet to ever see the tennis racquet mentioned int he 1974 catalog. We wondered if it actually existed.

This week the owner of such a racquet contacted me and has permitted me to use the photos of it. The owner wrote, "My husband and I owned a bicycle shop in Seattle called "The Cyclery" in 1973 and the racquet was given to us by Campy. It was never strung and used. It has the name Condor on it, has a white cover, was made in Italy, and has Campagnolo stickers on each side."

We'll reach out to Campagnolo to see if we can learn about the Condor branding.

If you use the photos please credit:
Italian Cycling Journal, http://www.italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/






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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Campagnolo Announces Chorus Level EPS, New Crankset Design

Campagnolo has announced Chorus EPS, their newest electronic groupset. The gruppo includes a new crankset design using a four spider arm that allows the installation of both standard and compact chainrings (ex. 53/39, 52/36, 50/34).



Visit www.campagnolo.com for more details.


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Campagnolo Gruppo Coming....When?


Spotted by James Huang for cyclingnews.com where Campagnolo prototype cranksets on a Europcar bike at the Giro d'Italia. Read the story and see all the photos on www.cyclingnews.com here.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Campagnolo "Record" Wine Corkscrew

This appears to be a very early (1960s), pre-production as we know it, Campagnolo wine corkscrew. Besides having "Record" on the handles there are slight variations of design. Anyone have more information? Photos courtesy of www.speedbicycles.ch





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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Campagnolo 80th Anniversary, An Unforgettable Day



It all began 80 years ago during a difficult race in freezing conditions with less than ideal equipment. At the base of a climb, hands frozen and nearly numb from the bitter cold, Tullio Campagnolo struggled to remove his rear wheel, cutting his hand in the process. In this very moment, having lost a race due to mechanical inefficiencies, Campagnolo decided that he would take it upon himself to find a better solution. Upon returning home he set about to design the world’s very first quick release mechanism in the back of his father’s tool store.

While it needed only to be functional, Campagnolo  produced an elegant prototype, as beautiful as it was revolutionary. This all took place in 1933 but this very same process has been played out time and time again during the long 80 year history of the company.

1) Identify a need or an area to be improved

2) Continuously innovate to find unique and functional solutions.

3) Don’t settle for mere functionality, but make it elegant.


This process was established that very day in 1933 by Tullio Campagnolo but replicated hundreds and hundreds of times through the years and has become the day. Driven by the same passion for cycling that saw Tullio ride countless kilometers in grueling conditions, Campagnolo has always dedicated itself whole-heartedly into improving the cycling experience from past to present.

Passion for cycling pushed the company to work closely with the sports best athletes to not only improve their performance but also to improve cycling for the amateur.

Passion for the bicycle as a whole pushed the company to collaborate with the world’s best frame producers to find elegant and functional solutions as well. These collaborations stem back over 80 years and continue to this very day.

As this year we celebrate 80 years of continuous innovation it is only fitting that all of those with
whom we have shared and continue to share this most fantastic of journeys can take part in the festivities along with us. A celebration was held at the company headquarters during the Giro d’Italia’s arrival to Vicenza (May 22nd) where a great deal of the Campagnolo “family” were present. Regrettably there isn’t a tent large enough to hold all of the cycling enthusiasts and amateurs who have also shared this long and fantastic history with us.


However, we hope that anyone and everyone who has ridden or rides with Campagnolo will celebrate this important milestone with us. Although everyone couldn’t be with us physically to enjoy the celebration in person, we hope that you will all enjoy a brief video of the day’s events.

Enjoy the video and please share, post and tweet this video link to all who you feel will appreciate it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFfzDc04EbQ

Feel free to leave your comment, experience, foto or mark in the Campagnolo Virtual Museum after browsing around the company history at www.anniversary.campagnolo.com

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Campagnolo, "We share your passion"




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Monday, August 26, 2013

Campagnolo EPS V2 Battery


For the 2014 product line Campagnolo will have a new, streamlined, cyclinder shaped, battery that can be externally or internally mounted. If mounted internally a 7.2mm hole in the frame will be required to accomodate a charging port if the battery is not be be removed for charging.
 For external mounting there is a special bracket:

 The V2 battery replaces:

The drawings courtesy of Fair Wheel Bikes, here, which also has additional details on other 2014 Campagnolo products.



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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Campy CODE Shops in Italy

In January of this year Campagnolo announced a new project to identify a network of partners that would not only be a Campagnolo "Pro-Shop" but shops that are also characterized by professionalism, competence and loyalty to the brand. The project name is "Campy CODE" (Campagnolo Opinion Dealer) and to date 19 have been identified in Italy as follows:

- Cicli Capella (TO), Corso Francia 217 - Collegno
- Ciclissimo (BO), Via del Papa 309 - Crevalcore
- La Bici Di Braini (AL), Strada del Vapore 17 - Arquata Scrivia
- Bianchi Amelio (VA), Via Italia 12 - Marnate
- Somec (RA), Via San Martino 1/A - San Agata sul Santerno
- Sportissimo (MO), Via San Faustino 132/A - Modena
- Motta Roberto (MI), Via per Seregno 19 - Desio
- Dosi Valter (BO), Via Marconi 139 - Imola
- Cicli Mattio (CN), Via Donatori di Sangue 1 - Piasco
- Cicli Tonti (RN), Via S. Allende 99 - Cattolica
- Granciclismo (PN), Viale San Giovanni del Tempio 26/F - Sacile
- GTeam di Granzon (UD), Via P.Michelini 1/6 - Remanzacco
- Cicli Liotto (VI), Via Ragazzi del '99 42/44/46 - Vicenza
- Cavalera Michele (VI), Via Marangoni 56 - San Zeno di Cassola
- Cicli Fontana (VR), Via C.Battisti 128 - Domegliara di Sant'Ambrogio
- Eurovelo (TV), Viale Matteotti 89 - Vittorio Veneto
- Flarer (BZ), Via Dei Prati 8 - Merano
- Zamar Sport (VI), Piazzale dello Sport 2 - Castelfranco Veneto
- Cicli Viviani (RO), Via Stadio 16 - Taglio di Po'

In-store Campy CODE customers will be able to find highly skilled and up to date mechanics on the world of Campagnolo thanks to specific technical training across the product range, and in particular on Campagnolo EPS electronic groups.

The CODE will also be the reference point for the brand in the area for all local activities such as product test sessions devoted to new Campagnolo products. The stores will also have the earliest product news. 


There may be an announcement at Eurobike, at the end of the month, about extending the program outside of Italy. In any case, if you find yourself needing Campagnolo service or information the above list should be useful.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2014 Campagnolo

Information about the new internal EPS battery, new cranksets, wheelsets, cassettes, have been posted here.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TdF Contest: Win a Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Equipped Diamondback

Velonews is running a contest for the 2013 Tour de France with a grand prize featuring a Campagnolo Record 80th Anniversary Special Edition equipped Diamondback “Limited Edition” 2013 Podium 7 carbon road bike, plus HED Stinger 4 FR wheelset and GTO cockpit.

Contest perticipants select their choices for the overall, then make your picks for each of eight stages. Prize winners will be selected based on the highest score from the overall and individual stages, combined.

Note: All picks for the overall must be in before 8:00 a.m. GMT on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Picks for individual stages are due by 8:00 a.m. GMT on the day of the stage.

All details here.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Campagnolo Derailleur Collection For Sale by Richard Sachs

Richard Sachs, the American framebuilder, is selling his Campagnolo derailleur collection. From his website:

"For sale is my entire collection of Campagnolo derailleurs spanning the late 1950s through the late 1980s. This is among the most complete Campagnolo derailleur collections in existence. It may be the only collection that has every single dated Campagnolo NR rear derailleur in the condition listed here. It is comprised of only NIB/NOS (New In Box/New Old Stock) components. Everything shown for sale is new, never used, not a take-off, free of tool marks, and complete as packed the day it left the loading dock at Vicenza.



To see all 29 images CLICK HERE .

All the Nuovo Record derailleurs are marked as shown. They include PATENT, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 11, and NO DATE. Every derailleur comes with the original box and the original instruction sheet.

I am including the pre-1970s derailleurs too. They are Gran Sport, Record, Sportman, Sport, Sport Extra, Valentino Extra, Nuovo Valentino, and Velox. These are all new, never used, not a take-off, free of toll marks, and complete as packed the day it left Vicenza.

The collection of single and double lever shifter assemblies shown on Flickr is included too. These are all new, never used, never mounted, no tool marks, etcetera.

There are eighteen Nuovo Record derailleurs in all. There are eight pre-NR era derailleurs. And there is a total of sixteen shift lever assemblies.

I will also include the following duplicate Nuovo Record derailleurs NOT SHOWN in the Flickr set: 1972, 1973, 1973, 1979, 1984, and 11. Also included is a steel pre-1970 Record steel derailleur. These are all also NIB/NOS. You will receive thirty three Campagnolo rear derailleurs and sixteen lever assemblies.

You can spend decades putting together a similar collection and matching the sequential dates of all the derailleurs shown. You can use the internet to assemble the same parts quicker using multiple resources. I am offering everything described and shown for $14,000. Please contact me at therichardsachs@gmail.com if you are interested."


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Friday, May 31, 2013

Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Celebration in Vicenza


On May 22nd , Campagnolo celebrated its "first" 80 years of history with an event hosted at the headquarters of Vicenza.

A fantastic journey through the history and Campagnolo products, accompanied by Beppe Conti and testimonies and stories of the biggest myths of cycling.

Indurain, Adorni, Merckx, Gimondi

Guests of the day included Alfredo Martini with his magical stories, Vittorio Adorni, Jan Janssen, Eddy Merckx, Francesco Moser, Greg Lemond, Miguel Indurain, Alex Zanardi and Fabrizio Macchi.

A parade of champions called to pay tribute to the inventiveness of Campagnolo, undisputed brand in the world of cycling.

But the day was rounded off with an exciting tour inside the factory where the participants were able to admire the details and workmanship of our products, the know-how learned in many years of passion and dedication.

We thank the celebrities, friends and all the guests for having shared with us an exciting day but also an important milestone for all that Campagnolo is.

One and half hour video of the celebration:


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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Campagnolo, More Focus on OEM Market

Via BIKE EUROPE:

"Yesterday, Valentino Campagnolo and his family – up to the 4th generation – celebrated the 80th anniversary of his company. At this party with lots of former cycling champions, business partners and friends as well as media, a strategic change for the iconic road race parts maker was announced.

This strategy change has nothing to do with Campagnolo's results during the past four years; since the start of the economic crisis. In the 2009 – 2012 period the Italian manufacturer saw its results grow with 21%.

Nowadays Campagnolo operates two production facilities in Vicenza, Italy, two in Romania and one logistics center in Taichung, Taiwan. Next to that the company also owns seven subsidiaries located all around the world. All in all Campagnolo employs about 750 people currently.

More money from Asia
The specialist road race and accessory component maker makes increasingly more money in Asia. Here Campagnolo's revenues grew with 13% in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In other Far Eastern countries 6.2% growth was registered in 2012 while in Europe results upped 3%. 64% of the company's turnover was made in Europe last year.

Updated strategies
Campagnolo makes the biggest part of its turnover with Aftermarket business; said marketing and sales director Lorenzo Taxis at the official part of the celebration's that marked the company's milestone. He also said that Campagnolo's Aftermarket business is changing.

"Customers used to buy frames and had it assembled with our parts into a complete bike. Now they buy ready to ride bikes which are pre-assembled. This means that our strategies have to be updated. We need to focus more on OEM business and need to provide better service to the bicycle makers and the bike brands, We are sure that our parts are suited for OEMs."

Following OEMs
When asked to elaborate on the updates strategies towards OEMs, Taxis said: "This company was very much focused on AM (Aftermarket), Now we want to focus more on OEMs. We do that by following them more closely in their ordering cycle and planning and for instance with our new logistics center in Taichung, Taiwan."

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Monday, May 6, 2013

The CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE Bike Tour

On the eve of the start of the 2013 Giro d'Italia, Campagnolo announced a unique cycling tour, the CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE, in partnership with Thomson Bike Tours. The tour will start with the Granfondo Campagnolo Roma and then thread across Italy over four days to Vicenza where there will be an exclusive visit of the Campagnolo factory. The dates are October 12 to 19; cost 2,995 euro. Limited to 30 riders.

In the words of Campagnolo:

The Campagnolo brand is widely known the world over and cyclists of all levels, from the top professionals to weekend warriors, have come to appreciate the quality and performance of the Italian company's products.

However, it is easy to appreciate the quality, precision and technical advantage that Campagnolo wheels and components are famous for but to understand exactly what Campagnolo represents one must delve even further into the soul of the company.

To understand completely what Campagnolo means one must experience the culture from which its great cycling passion was born, see the roads and races that instilled cycling culture into the company's DNA, race amongst the masses of Italian cyclists and witness the pride with which the company charges forward as it strives continuously to improve the cycling experience.

Previously this insight was limited to a select few journalists, top athletes and industry insiders who were lucky enough to have been exposed to not only the factory and headquarters but also the various components of Italian culture, cycling and passion that make up the real identity of Campagnolo. It is a concept while seemingly simple, is quite complex and difficult to put into text.

To gain a full understanding one must be immersed in the culture and live in the environment from which the brand was born-to live a complete CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE.

It is with this in mind that THE CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE was created to give cyclists the world over the opportunity to fully understand what can't be described in words.

As of 2013, the year in which Campagnolo celebrates its 80th anniversary, Campagnolo enthusiasts wishing to gain this knowledge and take part in an unforgettable experience will have the opportunity to race, ride, eat, live, sleep and breathe Italian cycling according to the Campagnolo playbook.

Along with our partners at Thomson Bike Tours we have created what we believe to be the most complete and profound look into what best represents Campagnolo.

HE CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE will start in Rome with the GRANFONDO CAMPAGNOLO ROMA where participants will be totally immersed into Italian racing culture while pedaling amongst historic monuments such as the coliseum and continue on through the hills of the Castelli Romani.

Completely closed to traffic for the entire route, the GRANFONDO CAMPAGNOLO ROMA is a unique experience that allows cyclists to compete as well as meet the greatest cyclists that history has to offer while pedaling by some of the greatest monuments on earth.

From Rome the route continues north through the fabled roads of Italian cycling history. The route follows the same roads that have carried the weight of cycling's greatest athletes as well as the legions of amateurs that seek to emulate their heroes atop their bikes after work and on the weekends.

The same roads that helped Tullio Campagnolo fall in love with cycling. The same grueling yet beautiful terrain that inspired Campagnolo to innovate ever more efficient solutions for the bicycle is the same terrain that will give participants in the CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE a unique insight into where one of the most influential figures in cycling found his desire to dedicate his life to cycling.

The route will wind its way through mountains and plains, through towns and hilltop villages where participants will experience the Italian culture that can't be felt while visiting a monument or museum and is fundamental if one is to understand the environment from which Campagnolo was born. The simplicity and passion with which the Italians live will be all the more evident as the route travels through region after region.

Riders will pass through uncountable areas, regions and towns, each one specialized in one specific good that has been perfected over hundreds of years. From cheeses and wines to sausages, ceramics and supercars the passion and dedication that seems to be ingrained in the Italian DNA to take one good, love it, work to perfect it and protect it through the years is the very same that drives Campagnolo to continuously improve a product that we love, the bicycle.


After several hard but fulfilling days in the saddle the route will make its stop in Vicenza, the home of Campagnolo. Upon arrival participants will see yet another aspect of what makes Campagnolo what it is. The factory floor, previously a forbidden city of sorts, will be made available to those lucky enough to take part in the CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE and will provide them with an inside look as to just how each and every component on their bike is produced in painstaking detail and with passionate attention.

Witnessing raw materials enter the factory and leave as completely finished product is a unique experience. It is an experience that is almost unthinkable in today's world of continuous outsourcing and offshoring but the only option for Campagnolo as we can't be sure that the same passion we have in Vicenza can be replicated in factories overseas.

The CAMPAGNOLO EXPERIENCE will be the one way to gain a true understanding of the company, where it comes from, what it represents and what is behind the name and brand.

We feel that this trip represents us and has been put together with the same passion and attention to detail that Campagnolo has been known for throughout its eighty year history.

For those interested in participating or curious for more information, please go to www.thomsonbiketours.com

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

1950 Paris-Roubaix

Fausto Coppi on his way to winning the 1950 Paris-Roubaix using the Campagnolo single lever (on seastay) rod shift system  named the "Paris-Roubaix". This system was an improvement over the dual lever "Cambio Corsa". Soon after the "Paris-Roubaix" Campagnolo developed the first Campagnolo parallelogram derailleur, the "Gran Sport",which relegated their rod shifters into the history books and collectors.



Tomorrow is the 111th edition of Paris-Roubaix. Campagnolo will be well represented in the peloton with both electronic and mechanical shift systems.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

History of Campagnolo


Tullio Campagnolo

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Campagnolo has published a history of the company on its website.The presentation begins here.

Also, the Campagnolo 80th anniversary gruppo details are now published, here. If you missed our interesting story about the frameset used in the photoshoot, a CRISP Titanium, you can read  here.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

CRISP Titanium & Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Gruppo

 Perhaps less noticed in the photographs available of the Campagnolo 80th gruppo is the one of a fully complete bicycle, a photo in which the name of the frame doesn't leap out at you. The frame was made by Darren Crisp of CRISP Titanium. I first met Darren in 2007 (had I been smart I would have bought a frame from him then).

Darren is an American that lives in work Castiglion Fiorentino (AR). In Darren's words, "Why Italy? I studied architecture back in 1990 here in Castiglion Fiorentino. It is a wonderful place to live and is very conducive to creativity, and the culture is very stimulating, coming from conservative Texas. The first time I came here, I knew immediately that there was something here to “discover” about this ancient and mysterious place. Medieval walled towns, Etruscan ruins…and great food and obviously great cycling. I came back after finishing my degree in architecture to race bikes here in Tuscany. Coming from the Texas plains, the hills of this region were a welcome change and offered me new places to explore on both the road bike and the mtb. Using my architecture degree to the max, I washed dishes in the local school for almost two years to afford me the possibility to learn the language and to race throughout the country. I had an accident on the mtb in 1994 and had to move back stateside for insurance and medical reasons and got back into metal fabrication in Mississippi. But the fire was lit, and it was only a matter of time before I was back over to Italy and back on the bike, in the shop, and building." Read the rest of his story here on ICJ.

I reached out to Darren once again to ask how his frame came to be chosen for the launch of the Campagnolo 80th anniversary gruppo. His answer:

"I was contacted about a month ago, out of the blue, by Campagnolo. Their VP of Marketing who was a former Marketing guru for Pinarello reached out to me with an email. I was in disbelief when it arrived. The had tried to contact me via telephone unsuccessfully. When I work, the phone gets switched to voice mail so I can work uninterrupted. An email arrived shortly thereafter describing a “very important” project that Campagnolo was working on. They were very interested in discussing the project with me and I was asked to give them a call back. I was thinking to myself, “what could they be interested in a little guy like me for? Titanium components? A display frame for a trade show?” Well, I got on the horn and the project was revealed in detail.

I was asked if I had a bike/frame that I could send them for the 80th Anniversary campaign. I was fortunate enough to have a bike in the shop that I had dedicated to display for my walk-in clients. It is the Bristol Road Bike, aka Trebbiano Silk Ti (you can see it here). I usually don’t have frames or bikes lying around as they get snapped up as soon as they are finished. After 10 years of not having a display bike, I figured it was time to keep on in the house. Boy was I glad I made that decision :-).

I broke down the frame and the next day it was sent out to Campy with some parts that I had on hand: Unpainted Enve fork, Enve bars and seatpost and some other bits. The rest is Campagnolo goodness.

A few weeks later I started getting compliments from distributors from around the world, USA, Malasia, Hong Kong, The Netherlands… I didn’t realize that the distributors had received advance private pdf’s of the new Gruppo, but it was obvious that something was circulating. Campy was nice enough to send me the hi-res photos and a video is in post-production right now of the build and photo shoot. As soon as that is passed along to me, I will post it and you can have a look at the whole process from inside the gates of Campagnolo. They are very excited about it and I can’t wait to see that, too.

I hope that gives you some insight into the process. It was a real exciting moment for me and I am humbled and grateful that Campagnolo took the time to consider a small artisan like myself. Pure emotional bliss for a framebuilder."

You can see some unpublished photos of the bike here on my portfolio; one of those photos:


I will have some more photos coming soon and the video. Thanks for keeping up with my work and continued success with The Italian Cycling Journal!!"

More information about Darren and his framebuilding at www.crisptitanium.com


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Gruppo Website


Campagnolo has launched www.anniversary.campagnolo.com dedicated to the 80th anniversary gruppo. Now it only shows a countdown timer with some 8 days to go.

Anniversary units are expected to begin shipping in March; pricing has yet to be announced (you know it will be expensive).

Not to be overlooked: two 80th anniversary wheelsets. A 1,310g carbon wheelset and a 1,590g carbon/aluminum wheelset. Both featuring 50mm tall aero rims with G3 spoke pattern.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ProTour Teams: Italian Frames, Components and Wheels

The use of Italian frames, components, and wheelsets among the 18 2013 ProTour teams are as follows:

Astana Pro Team: Campagnolo components
BMC Racing Team
Cannondale Pro Cycling
Lampre – Merida: Fulcrum wheels
Omega Pharma – Quick Step Cycling Team
ORICA GreenEDGE
Sky Procycling:  Pinarello frames
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team: Bianchi frames, Campagnolo components (w/FSA crankset)
Movistar Team: Pinarello frames, Campagnolo components, Campagnolo wheels
AG2R La Mondiale: Campagnolo components, Fulcrum wheels
Euskaltel Euskadi
Blanco Pro Cycling Team
Garmin Sharp
Team Argos–Shimano
Team Saxo – Tinkoff
FDJ
Lotto Belisol: Campagnolo components, Campagnolo wheels
RadioShackNissan

Notes:
1) Lampre switched from using Wilier frames to Merida.
2) Colnago is missing as Europcar was not named as a ProTour team.
3) All the teams using Campagnolo are using the EPS (electronic) version.
4) Five teams are using Campagnolo components while ten teams are using Shimano and three are using SRAM.
5) All the Shimano equipped teams are using Di2; SRAM is the only mechnical group.
6) other wheelsets being used are Shimano, Zipp, Mavic, Corima, Vision, FFWD and Bontrager.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Discover insta.campagnolo.com


Use your Instagram application to shot your special Campagnolo products or equipped bike, tag the image with #campagnolo and insta.campagnolo.com will automatically catch and post it.

The latest pics will be shown on top of the page.

The platform is designed to give all the campy fans the opportunity to share with the community the coolness of their Campagnolo products.

It is very easy to use!

Thousands of amazing images are already on-line. Browse and share them on your Facebook profile, via Twitter or Google+.
Moreover, every day a pic will be selected and posted on Campagnolo Facebook fan page.

Come on, shot your #campagnolo coolness and share it with the world.

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