Known for carbonized materials, Campagnolo now offers its 11-speed special edition electronic gear system. Just recently they’ve announced to the public that their specialized gear system will be specifically used only by the Spanish Movistar team in the 2011 Giro d’Italia tour.
Since Pinarello already replaced Cervelo as the official Giro d’Italia bike for the next 3 years, including the upcoming 2011 tour, the electronic groupset was seen during the presentation of the Giro d’Italia in a special black and pink finish.
When you browse the Campagnolo system it seems similar to the Shimano Di2 but this time with wires in replacement of the gear cables and a battery-powered gear placed on the down tube just behind the bottle case. Now that Campagnolo designed the special edition gear system, both levers and batteries can be seen labeled Campy Tech Lab—said to be derived from the company’s development division.
The system’s chain line has servo motors behind the front derailleur and inside the rear wherein a lot of carbon fiber can be seen. Campagnolo has perfected their own electric front derailleur as a result of extensive testing over years. The rear one also includes carbon fiber and plastic construction to keep it lighter in weight.
Further details of the gear system are expected at the start of the 2011 season.