2014 Campagnolo Details Emerge – Internal EPS Battery, BB30 Cranksets & More!

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Our friends over at Fair Wheel Bikes just got the scoop on some of Campagnolo’s new components for 2014, the biggest of which is a 30mm spindle option with two new cranksets!

They’re also adding a slimmer battery for their EPS electronic shifting that’ll work both inside and out of the frame using various mounts. Lastly, several new alloy and and updated carbon wheels make an appearance.

For the cranks, the new Comp Ultra and Comp One will use their new “Over-Torque” 30mm spindle to fit BB30 and PressFit30 frames without adapters. The Comp Ultra, shown, uses hollow UD carbon fiber arms and will come in standard (52/39 and 53/39) and compact (50/34 and 52/36) chainring options and three arm lengths (170, 172.5 and 175). It comes with the BB and uses their Ceramic USB bearings. Claimed weight is just 620g for the set, which is a whopping 75g lighter than the titanium-spindled Super Record crankset!

UPDATE: Hands on photos and actual weights posted here.

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The Comp One keeps most of the same spec but downgrades to special steel bearings. Claimed weight is 675g, compared to 745g for Chorus.

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Both cranksets use a hollow 30mm aluminum spindle. They’re compatible with BB30, PFBB30 and BB386EVO bottom brackets and will use special tools to tighten the non-driveside crankarm onto the spindle. Both come with 11-speed chainrings.

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They’ve also added a new 11-27 cassette option for (left to right) Super Record, Record and Chorus. Cog counts are 11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-27.2014-Campagnolo-EPS-internal-battery-power-pack

The new EPS battery will come in Record and Athena levels and include a mounting bracket that works internally or externally.

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The battery’s threaded holes can be bolted directly inline with the water bottle bolts on the inside of the frame, without the mount. You’ll just have to keep that in mind if you decide to change bottle cages. For external use, the new mount fits in standard Di2 placements. The battery’s shape is slightly ovalized but looks to have a bit of angle adjustment to help it stay inline with the frame or clear tires. The extra sets of holes add a good bit of positioning options.

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If mounted inside, it has a dedicated charging wire and port that can be mounted to the frame so you won’t have to remove the battery for charging. Campagnolo’s documents say it’s good for anywhere from 1,100km (infrequent use) to 1,720km (heavy use) per charge. Weight is 132g, and the cage adds another 21g.

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The new Vento Asymmetric are an update for the Vento Reaction, dropping 182g for the pair and adding asymmetric rims with different heights front to rear, new black anodized hubs with adjustable bearings and an alloy axle. It uses 18 aero spokes in the front, 20 in the rear, held tight with red alloy nipples. It’ll come in standard and CX versions, the latter getting double bearing seals for cyclocross and the appropriate decaling. Claimed weights are 1,645g (753g front / 892g rear). Unfortunately, you’ll add 45g if you opt for the Shimano/SRAM freehub body.

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The Khamsin is essentially the same wheelset as the Vento but with brass nipples and round spokes, putting the weights at 1760g (815g front / 945g rear). That’s 113g less than the MY2013 Khamsin, and same CX option and Shimano/SRAM freehub weight penalty apply.

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The Bora One 35 is a new carbon tubular with anodized black alloy hubs and 18 bladed stainless steel spokes up front, 21 in the rear, with black alloy nipples. Weights are 555g front, 705g rear (1260g). It also gets a CX version.

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The Bora Ultra 35 uses the same rims but upgrades to carbon hubs and CULT ceramic bearings. Weight is 1230g (540g F / 690g R). No CX option here.

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The new Bora Ultra TT is a full Textreme HM carbon disc that comes in at 910g, which is 170g lighter than their Ghibli and has improved tolerances. The design uses tensioned discs to provide better lateral stability. It has an alloy hub and works with Shimano/SRAM cassettes, too.

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40 thoughts on “2014 Campagnolo Details Emerge – Internal EPS Battery, BB30 Cranksets & More!

  1. There aren’t many bike related things that I find so incredibly visually unappealing that I consider them unrideable, but Campy’s fake marble finish is at the top of that very short list.

  2. Has Campagnolo come up with a decent way to remove their PowerTorque cranks yet? That’ll be the real news.

    Also, hahahahaha.

  3. Fitting the battery internally looks to me like it’s going to be a bit of a nightmare. Is it small enough to get through the BB hole into the down tube (doubtful) or is the only option for it to be in the seat tube? (hard to tell as the graphic is on an angle).

    Have Shimano & Calfee got a patent on sticking a battery in a seat post? If not then I’m not sure why Campy went the way they did with this internal battery mount system.

    Also, it kind of sucks that you need to have an extra hole drilled in the frame just for an external charging port. Couldn’t they come up with a better charging solution than that? i.e. like Shimano has done on their control box.

  4. Fitting the battery internally looks to me like it’s going to be a bit of a nightmare. Is it small enough to get through the BB hole into the down tube (doubtful) or is the only real option for it to be in the seat tube mounted behind the bottle cage? (hard to tell as the graphic is on an angle).

    Have Shimano & Calfee got a patent on sticking a battery in a seat post? If not then I’m not sure why Campy went the way they did with this internal battery mount system.

    Also, it kind of sucks that you need to have an extra hole drilled in the frame just for an external charging port. Couldn’t they come up with a better charging solution than that? i.e. like Shimano has done on their control box.

  5. @Jason S: I kind of agree, but I’m holding out judgement until I actually install one. I have a 9070 Di2 setup and the charger on the junction box was genius. With how rarely these need to be charge I doubt it’ll be a big deal, but I’d prefer just mount it in my ISP and take it out to charge it when needed rather than another hole in the frame….

  6. Wait, when did campy switch from using genuine marble for their cranks? Why pay a premium for Italian components if they aren’t using carrera marble? Next you’ll tell me pinarello’s are no longer using spaghetti to build their frames.

  7. Shimano has the patent on charging the battery from the external post as well as to plug an electronic wire into the rear derailleur. Both of these are serious hindrance to Campagnolo design and ultimately compromise the product.

  8. I’ve been riding Campg for 10years, very disappointed with this battery design solution! Why another hole in the bike. Why couldn’t the junction box send the the power over a separate channel to the battery?

  9. I wonder, will this mean suddenly an italian-threaded 30mm BB that doesn’t come from sketchy chinese origins? Exciting possibilities!

  10. Hopefully someone will offer (maybe even Campy) a BB that will allow the new cranks to be used on a standard threaded BB. Rotor is able to do so with its 3D+ cranks (which also have a 30mm spindle). With that said, I’ve got zero complaints about my 6 year old Ultra Torque crank.

  11. @ Topmounter: You’re completely clueless. That’s not a fake marble finish. It’s what carbon actually looks like. That pretty weave stuff you see on other carbon parts/frames is almost always a purely cosmetic layer that does nothing but look pretty and add weight. If you doubt this go look at an unpainted OCLV frame or just about any aircraft, military or racing car component made from composites.

  12. If Campagnolo made carbon cranks sheathed in a thin layer of genuine Italian marble I’d buy the s**t of those.

  13. Guys, look at SRAM carbon cranks. There you can see a upper UD-Carbon layer which can carry loads, because straight Carbon fibers are used. Campy only puts a upper cosmetic layer on the crank with chaotic orientation of patches of UD fibers which can carry nearly no load. So at all, the upper layer is only for cosmetics/design. So Topmounter is right at all! Campy could spare this fake marble-Carbon finish and replace it with some nicer one made with real UD-Carbon.

  14. rico, I think (am almost sure) these two new cranks are totally independent. I was reading about it yesterday on the internet but I cannot provide you with a link, I’ve just forgotten the website and my History doesn’t work. It will be up to the user which crank to use: SR Ti or Comp. A little bit strange….
    Anyway, 2014 stuff looks very good and promising but I wonder if there is still news yet to come.

  15. Never thought I’d hear the day someone called campag cranks ugly, especially considering the Shimano offerings…

    …but it is all a matter of taste. One mans ugly is another mans wife

  16. Induction charging should be considered for internal batteries, either that or the two bolts that already in place could easily be used a charge points. Ideally the battery would be installed in a lower part of teh bike to keep centre of gravity down. Should frame manufactures allow pre installed batteries as an added option to prevent all this farting around with installation?

  17. Interesting.

    It’s like 6 months since shimano and sram went 11 speed, and yet we don’t see campy 1 upping them to 12 speed, like the last 4 or so times when cog count went up.

  18. Until you have 2-cogs in front, you do not need 10 or 11 cogs on rear. With 2×9 you can ride everywhere on road.

  19. re fitting BSA frames, given they say BB386, this means the spindle is wide(not true BB30/PF30) and thus and outboard BSA bearing set should be doable.

    sorry for the typos and punctuation errors in the previous snarky post.

  20. @bentley: totally thought the same thing. Shimano now makes the ugliest cranks without a doubt (their DuraAce track cranks excluded).

  21. There is talk in the industry of road going single front w/ wide range in the rear. Guessing component makers are testing to see if it is viable (1 x 11, 1 x 12) w/ weight savings, etc…

  22. Looking at the pictures on Fairwheelbikes I come to conclusion that there will not be 2 but at least (yes, at least) 4 external mounting options…
    2 shown in the pictures and 2 in the place of watter bottle cages. And one more on a seatpost or under the saddle. Such mounting has been in use for some time, you can easily google it. And I also think Movistar used a custom made holder to mount an EPS battery under their saddles.
    And it will also be possible to mount a new type battery like a pump, next to a water bottle cage.
    Sorry, just my ideas 🙂

  23. Argh –
    Word on the street there is talk at some component makers that 1 x 11 or 1 x 12 is being looked into for road. If it were lighter, it sure would be simpler. However no dumping between the front rings might be an issue for racing… but maybe not. It would open the door for new shifting groupo makers if there were no front der/shifter to deal with (biggest hurtle).

  24. 620g for a set, 75g lighter than the titanium-spindled Super Record crankset which is 585g+45g (630g for a set) cup??

  25. Seraph, could you elaborate?

    “at least they’re consistently ugly” – what is so ugly? Batteries? They’re just batteries and meant to be internally mounted (two options). Do they have to be good-looking?
    And they look a bit better than Shimano’s internal after all.

    “Thanks for not breaking the mold” – Well, Campagnolo wasn’t the first to introduce such stuff. Some patents belong to Shimano.
    SRAM will have too come up with something different in the future if they decide to go electronic. It’s just how it works, don’t you think?

  26. Typical for Campagnolo to release BB30 cranksets that will fit my bike AFTER my friend has stopped working for their distributor :-/

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