Designed to take the place of the Veloce ten-speed, the new Centaur has an affordable price-tag yet delivers an immense bang for the buck. Taking aim at Shimano’s 105, the aluminum 11-speed group is similar in design to the Super Record with the difference being in the materials used and hence the weight. This new gruppo was a blast to ride read performance – see our test report below.
A four-arm spider design with either a 52/36 or 50/34 combination. A universal crankset means interchanging chainrings is possible. An ultra-torque axle is featured marking the first time aluminum will be used for this component.
With a new power-shifting mechanism, the levers have the same great ergonomics for comfort, with water drainage issues addressed. There is one lever and one action which makes for a confusion-free system and as well there is a new EPS-style downshift button on the inside of the lever.
A longer rod design with an adapted design and function, the front derailleur now needs less force to engage the shift to make a change
An increase in versatility is due to a new trajectory angle which also means the chain is kept closer to the cogs. Compatible to 32 teeth, the new rear derailleur is claimed to be 15 grams lighter than the long cage version of competitors. Made out of reinforced technopolymer construction it boasts an upper pulley wheel with longer teeth and a lower pulley wheel with shorter teeth allowing for extreme crossover and less friction.
The chain is designed for both Potenza and Centaur groupsets and is compatible with Campy’s upper tier groupsets as well. The cassettes have one triple with eight single cogs and come in 11-29, 11-32 and 12-32 ratios.
Claimed to be 50 grams lighter than the competition, the same immense braking power has been harnessed for this brake set.
The Centaur groupset comes in at 2,454 grams and will be available by the end of May in both a black or silver finish. For our distinguished media group the new gruppo was mounted on white Sarto frames for us to test on the amazing roads of Gran Canaria, Spain.
We boarded our new machines and rolled out along the coast as a group of excited, and for the moment cohesive unit. As we settled in shifting was crisp with a lively and uniquely familiar feel to the levers.
The SRP is expected to be in the $900-1,000 range with delivery rolling out in May.
Campagnolo Centaur press release here.