Campagnolo have added a fourth electronic groupset to their range – Chorus EPS.
The electronic version of Campagnolo’s third-tier 11-speed groupset plugs the gap between Athena EPS and Record EPS in a line-up which also includes the flagship Super Record EPS groupset.
Campagnolo say Chorus EPS offers the same precision and functionality as Record EPS and Super Record EPS but, as you’d expect, with a weight penalty (claimed weight is to be confirmed). The electronic version of the Chorus continues to use carbon fibre generously across a groupset (including on the brake levers and chainset) which, in its mechanical form, has been pitched as offering “the design, performance and high-tech appeal of carbon fibre at a decidedly competitive price.”
The groupset uses Campagnolo’s sleek EPS V2 internal battery, hidden within the frame to protect it and also improve aesthetics, to power motors in the front and rear derailleurs, capable, Campagnolo say, “of producing levels of torque without rival in electronic shifting which guarantee precise and effective shifting no matter the conditions or circumstances. Shifting even under heavy load is no problem for the Chorus EPS transmission and mud, grime and debris have met their match against such powerful motors.”
The placement of Campagnolo’s trademark thumb shifter on the EPS groupset has also been moved slightly to reportedly make it more accessible regardless of hand position.
The new groupset also borrows the four-arm chainset design unveiled last week as part of Campagnolo’s model year 2015 mechanical Chorus, Record and Super Record groupsets. The chainset is said to be stiffer and also allows for a single crankset to be used with any of Campagnolo’s three chainring combinations (53-39t, 52-36t and 50-34t), whereas in the past riders would need a new crankset as well as chainrings when wanting to switch, as an example, between a standard and compact setup.
UK pricing and availability for the model year 2015 Campagnolo Chorus EPS groupset is to be confirmed.