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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 10 road bikes built around the Italian groupset 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.

Orbea Orca Aero M12TEAM Record 12 — from £4,199

Orbea Orca AERO M12TEAM

Italy meets the Basque Country in Orbea's super-fast race bike with Campagnolo's latest 12-speed incarnation of the beloved Record groupset. We'd be very tempted to finish it off with a pair of aero wheels.

The Light Blue Kings Potenza — £2,200

Light Blue Kings Potenza

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 CK7 Centaur — £950.05

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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 105 rival components, Centaur, this is the entry-level bike in the range. It's set up as an audax/light touring all-rounder, with Miche wheels and chainset, and not only does it have clearance for mudguards, Tifosi bungs a set in so you won't get a wet bum.

Find a Tifosi dealer

Bianchi Intenso Centaur — £2,100

Bianchi Intenso Centaur

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

De Rosa Idol

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

Condor Italia RC frame, fork and headset

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 — £7,249

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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 — £2,939.99

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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 — £9,100

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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 — from £9,899

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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

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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 — £10,500

2019 Bianchi Specialissima CV Super Record 12

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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StraelGuy [1705 posts] 3 months ago
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Anyone else find the German Canyon with Italian Campag groupset looks rather odd  ? A bit like a BMW with Alfa Romeo alloys on it or vice versa...

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Mathemagician [66 posts] 3 months ago
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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.

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Oshsan [22 posts] 3 months ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

Anyone else find the German Canyon with Italian Campag groupset looks rather odd  ? A bit like a BMW with Alfa Romeo alloys on it or vice versa...

 

Strikes me as a winning combo personally! I’ve ridden various Campag Super Record EPS Canyons - the Aeroad, and a pretty special Movistar team Ultimate (currently on eBay, sob). Fantastic bikes, and for me Campagnolo is still right up there with the best. Wouldn’t buy their corkscrew, mind...

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Mathemagician [66 posts] 3 months ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

Anyone else find the German Canyon with Italian Campag groupset looks rather odd  ? A bit like a BMW with Alfa Romeo alloys on it or vice versa...

Nah, not really.

 

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roadstain [9 posts] 3 months ago
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Oshsan wrote:
StraelGuy wrote:

Anyone else find the German Canyon with Italian Campag groupset looks rather odd  ? A bit like a BMW with Alfa Romeo alloys on it or vice versa...

 

Wouldn’t buy their corkscrew, mind...

 

I can somehow justify Super Record and wheel that cost as much as two sets of Zipp....but, cant justify the cost of the cork screw....(besides, I guess smart people who love the earth get their wine in a box or some such crap)

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Miller [256 posts] 3 months ago
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The corkscrew is really good. I don't have one but I have a friend who does. I can tell you it's a very satisfying way to open a wine bottle.

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d_c_h_w [24 posts] 3 months ago
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Mathemagician wrote:
StraelGuy wrote:

Anyone else find the German Canyon with Italian Campag groupset looks rather odd  ? A bit like a BMW with Alfa Romeo alloys on it or vice versa...

Nah, not really.

 

 

 

Nor me. 6.5kg of climbing perfection

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dreamlx10 [312 posts] 3 months ago
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Mathemagician wrote:
StraelGuy wrote:

Anyone else find the German Canyon with Italian Campag groupset looks rather odd  ? A bit like a BMW with Alfa Romeo alloys on it or vice versa...

Nah, not really.

 

 

You going touring ?

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rtw [60 posts] 3 months ago
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European brand frame, with European brand components.

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Mathemagician [66 posts] 3 months ago
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dreamlx10 wrote:

You going touring ?

No.

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slappop [75 posts] 2 weeks ago
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rtw wrote:

European brand frame...

Built in a Taiwanese factory. (At least that's where my 'boutique' Italian frame comes from.)

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mylesrants [497 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Its over Campag.

Take a chair.

My 105 out performs my SuperRecord.

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lolol [234 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I have the corkscrew, it make me smile every time I use it, or maybe thats the wine.

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rjfrussell [524 posts] 2 weeks ago
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The Specialissima is still Bianchi's "latest" racebike?  

 

Sort out the updates!!!  Can some-one not have even the most cursory check when you do this?

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s_lim [222 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I've ridden on my last bike with Campag parts on it. After 2 frustrating years with Chorus 11spd, I swapped to Ultegra R8000 on my summer bike; the difference was like night and day. Smooth shifting in all hand positions is just a joy. You can say it's soulless, I'll go for efficient any day of the week. 

 

I'm currently sorting the winter bike out with Ultegra too, it's got me smitten.