2013 Campagnolo Athena EPS – Italian Components Trickle Down Electronic Shifting, UPDATED!

2013 Campagnolo Athena EPS electronic shifting group

Campagnolo has just introduced their second electronic group, Athena EPS, a mere nine months after introducing Record and Super Record EPS (but about 20 years after first dreaming up battery powered shifting).

By using aluminum parts rather than carbon, the Athena EPS group brings the price of Italian electric shifting down a few pegs, putting it in reach of more cyclists. Functionality is the same, meaning you can shift one or more (or all) gears with a single button depression by merely holding the shifter longer. It keeps the “Ride Back Home” crash protection, letting you put it in a reasonable gear manually should you wreck and the system becomes disabled.

UPDATE: Athena EPS will start shipping in Spring 2013, and pricing will be announced at Eurobike.

More on the 11-speed power group below…

2013 Campagnolo Athena EPS electronic shifting group

The front derailleur uses a “special aluminum alloy” rather than carbon. It has the same auto-trim feature to keep the chain from rubbing you the wrong way.

2013 Campagnolo Athena EPS electronic shifting group

Ergonomics on the shifter levers are the same as Record/Super Record EPS, which means button shape and angle is slightly different than the mechanical groups. We’ve ridden the Super Record EPS group extensively this summer and have been pretty impressed with its ability to discern a proper (intentional) shift versus and accidental bump when shifting hand position.

2013 Campagnolo Athena EPS electronic shifting group

It’ll use the same DTI battery as the higher end groups.

Updated Weights:

Campy Athena Weights

We’re waiting to hear back on pricing and availability and will update as soon as we get it. There are also some new wheels we’ll post shortly…

Comments

kmmalek - 07/23/12 - 9:35am

What about Chorus EPS?

Brandon - 07/23/12 - 11:43am

Now we’re talkin’!

Steve - 07/23/12 - 1:35pm

This is great and all, but I’d rather not have “Athena” on my bike. It just strikes me as being meant for the ladies.

Ben - 07/23/12 - 9:39pm

Steve,

I’d have a goddess grace my bike anytime. Oh, and I do.

Johan - 07/24/12 - 1:58am

Now , how about 1X 11 electronic groupset for MTB, as in a combo of this and the new SRAM.
I don’t know how robust this elctronic groupset is , but 1X11 would obviously simplify the front a lot.

DaveC - 07/24/12 - 5:46am

This looks nice but I have to wonder how these electronic derailliurs will cope with the cycles of degreasing and re oiling in my monthly cleaning regime, especially in winter when our roads are mostly salt.

Adrian - 07/26/12 - 12:36am

Dave, I would keep solvents away from seals and plastics, just like I keep it away from my hubs and the bottom bracket. Considering what Campagnolo had to deal with during development, I would just put a dollop of soap on the derailleur, strap it to a rooftop bike rack and drive down the alps while it’s raining.

Huch - 10/07/12 - 4:56pm

If you haven’t ridden Athena then maybe hold off on the negative comments until you have. It is definitely a very nice groupo. I have Dura Ace on one bike, however my Bottecchia Super 8Avio has Athena, and the Sarto I am building will either have Athena EPS or Shimano Di2. I actually like the shifting on the Athena over the D/A. Chorus would be great in EPS, but I think Campy is doing the right thing by NOT offering it in every groupo. Athena is totally a nice set-up, and honestly if I am not racing there is no need for me to have anything above Chorus. However it isn’t offered in EPS, so I will opt for the Athena. It’s a no-brainer.

Peter - 08/09/13 - 8:27am

it is a pitty that Campagnolo did not bring a multi-speed solution to the market.
Especially touring riders would like a version op EPS were the control-box has a “selection knob” so that the user can determin himself if he wants to use a Campa 11 speed cassette, or a Campa 10 speed cassette, or a Campa 9 speed cassette, or a Shimano 11speed cassette or a shimano 10 speed cassette or a shimano 9 speed cassette. That way a touring rider could easily replace its rear wheel by a borrowed real wheel, regardless what cassette is on the borrewed one.

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