FIRST LOOK: CAMPAGNOLO ATHENA 11 SPEED ROAD GROUP

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FIRST LOOK: CAMPAGNOLO ATHENA 11 SPEED ROAD GROUP

Post by Admin on Thu May 21, 2009 11:49 am



Campagnolo has released photos of their new Athena 11 speed road group, which falls under Super Record, Record and Chorus. It’s likely aimed at the enthusiast level rider looking for a little more gearing range.

As shown in the family photo above, it’ll have both aluminum (2,352g/set) and carbon fiber (2,239g/set) crankset options. It should hit the U.S. sometime this summer, likely June or July, and pricing won’t be set until June 1, according to Campy’s North American GM Tom Kattus’ quote on BikeRadar.

This is the first 11-speed group with an aluminum crankarm option, and it’s part of the 2010 range.
Athena 11s controls: They’re Ultra-Shift and feature all the design particulars:

  • Body with asymmetrical design. The form of the body follows the natural form of the hands, thus allowing for a more comfortable position when the hands are resting on the controls;
  • Double curvature of the lever. The lever has a double curvature, which provides an adequate place for the fingers whether the hands are positioned on the upper or lower part of the handlebars. This guarantees perfect braking in every situation;
  • AluCarbon lever. The brake lever is in carbon fibre with aluminium core. This ensures reliability over time, stiffness, mechanical resistance and corrosion resistance, a long life cycle, and an aggressive “racing” look;
  • Vari-Cushion. The lever hoods incorporate Vari-Cushion technology developed by Campagnolo, which gives a different consistency depending on the point: softer where it serves to dampen vibrations, firmer where the hands need to have greater sensitivity and grip;
  • Mechanisms in low friction polymers. The mechanisms of the controls are made of special low friction polymers that make shifting very light and maintain extremely high precision over time;
  • Weight: 360 g.














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