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12 of the best Campagnolo-equipped road bikes

There's more to life than Japanese components — here are some great bikes with Italy's finest

Italian brand Campagnolo has enjoyed a loyal following since it was established back in 1933, but its appearance is increasingly rare on road bikes as many big bike brands commonly favour Shimano and SRAM when speccing new bikes.

It’s still possible to cut through the Shimano domination and find bikes that are equipped with Campagnolo, but such bikes are getting harder to find. So we’ve done the search for you and rounded up a nice selection of 13 road bikes built around the Italian groupseta covering a wide band of price points.

>>Read more: Your complete guide to Campagnolo road bike groupsets

The Campagnolo option

For many people, there is no brand more synonymous with the heritage and prestige of cycle racing than Campagnolo, the company founded by a man who invented the humble quick release skewer. Campagnolo has long been an innovative company bringing some of the lightest and advanced components to market - it invented the rear derailleur system as we know it today.

>>Read more: Campagnolo Super Record Road Groupset review

Over the years Campagnolo is increasingly found more on very expensive showstopper road bikes, with Shimano cleaning up at the more cost-conscious price points. This is down to the Japanese company offering a wider range of competitively priced groupsets and the economies of scales working in its favour, it’s able to provide good deals for large bike companies selling bikes in huge numbers.

To cut the decline of Campagnolo support the company launched the new Potenza groupset last year, aimed at the mid-range market dominated by Shimano’s Ultegra offering, but it does look like you’re still paying a premium to have Campagnolo on your bike.

That could be set to change, though. Campagnolo recently launched a new groupset, Centaur, aimed at the riders who currently use Shimano 105. If Campagnolo can get the pricing right for bike manufacturers, we might see more Campagnolo-equipped bikes.

Van Rysel RR920 CF Potenza — £2,000

Sport megastore chain Decathlon is known for great-value midrange bikes but it's maybe not the place you'd expect to find a Campagnolo-equipped bike. The Van Rysel RR920 CF Potenza confounds expectations with an excellent carbon fibre frame and full Potenza groupset including the chainset which many brands swap out for a cheaper model. The wheels are Campagnolo Zondaa ns it roll on Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance tyres. It's a very tidy package for the money.

The Light Blue Kings Potenza — £2,200

If you're going to create a modern bike with retro looks then what better groupset to use than the rarely-seen silver version of Campagnolo's Potenza collection? It's perfectly suited to the Kings' lugged Reynolds 853 steel frame, building into an up-to-date incarnation of the classic British clubman's bike.

Find a Light Blue dealer

Tifosi Mons Disc Chorus 2020 — £3,199.99

The Tifosi line of bikes belongs to UK Campagnolo importer Chicken Cyclekit, so it's no surprise to find a number of Campagnolo-equipped bikes in the range. With the Campagnolo's Ultegra-and-a-bit-level groupset, Chorus, this is the one of the top bikes in the range, with a frame claimed to weigh just 980 grams.

Find a Tifosi dealer

Bianchi Intenso Centaur — £2,000

Bianchi’s Intenso has the entry-level version of Bianchi's C2C carbon fibre endurance frame and is built with Campagnolo’s Centaur 11-speed groupset.

Find a Bianchi dealer

De Rosa Idol Disc Potenza — £4,250

The De Rosa Idol is a quick and energetic gran fondo/sportive bike that rides a lot like a full-on race bike. If you're after a lively performer, it's well worth a look. The Idol is available in various builds including one with a Campagnolo Potenza groupset and Fulcrum wheels.

Read our review of the De Rosa Idol
Find a De Rosa dealer

Condor Cycles Italia RC — £3,823.89

London-based Condor Cycles lets you spec any Campagnolo groupset, and using its bike builder we picked an Italia RC aluminium frame with a Campagnolo Chorus Carbon 11-speed groupset and topped it off with Bora One 35 Clincher carbon wheels plus a selection of other mostly Italian goodies.

Read our review of the Campagnolo Chorus groupset

Canyon Ultimate CF SLX Disc 9.0 Team Movistar — £6,849

The Ultimate CF SLX is German company Canyon’s lightest model and is available in a wide range of builds, including this full Campagnolo Super Record EPS version, as ridden by Team Movistar. We can't argue with reader Mathemagician who says "New Canyon Ultimate Team Movistar... 12 speed Record EPS disc and Bora One 50 wheels for £7249 is really expensive, but a really expensive bargain."

Read our review of the Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Wilier Zero7 Chorus — £2,999

The Zero7 is Wilier's 799g superlight frame, clad here in a Chorus groupset and Campagnolo Khamsin wheels. Wilier offers a substantial range of Campagnolo-equipped bikes, as you might expect from a company whose very name celebrates Italian liberation.

Read more: Wilier updates Zero7

Cipollini NK1K Super Record — £8,700

As readers have pointed out, no overview of Campagnolo-equipped bikes is complete without a Cipollini. You can get the great Italian sprinter's top model with a variety of Campagnolo groupsets, but you're going to need deep pockets.

Read our review of the Cipollini NK1K

Colnago C64 Campagnolo Super Record EPS — £9,269

Colnago’s C64 is a custom build option so you can build it with any parts you like, but here's one of Sigma Sports' stock options in the stunning Art Decor paint job.

Read our review of the Colnago C60

Pinarello Dogma F10 — £6,838.29

The legendary Dogma with Campagnolo's top mechanical groupset, and the renowned Bora wheels. You don't really need both kidneys.

Bianchi Specialissima Super Record 12 — £9,975

If money is no object, and it really needs to be for this bike, the Specialissima is Bianchi’s latest full carbon race bike and is outfitted here with the top-of-the-range Super Record 12-speed groupset.

Read our review of the Bianchi Specialissima

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David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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