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12 of the best Campagnolo-equipped road bikes — get some Italian in your life

Explore your options in bikes with Europe's greatest components, from the company with the richest heritage in cycling

Italian cycling component maker Campagnolo has enjoyed a loyal following since it was established back in 1933, but its components are increasingly rare on road bikes as many big bike brands commonly favour Shimano and SRAM when speccing new bikes. Nevertheless, Campagnolo's reputation for durability and style makes a Campagnolo-equipped bike well worth a look.

  • The company with the richest heritage in cycling, Campagnolo introduced the quick release skewer, the modern parallelogram rear derailleur, the groupset and a host of other innovations from its long-standing base in  Vicenza, Italy

  • Campagnolo has long been in the vanguard of the move to increase the number of gears on our bikes; its Super Record, Record and Chorus groupsets include the only 12-speed mechanical shifting available

  • Campagnolo components haven't been common on mass-produced bikes for many years, but many bike makers  equip a handful of super-prestige models with the top Campagnolo groupsets

  • From most to least expensive Campagnolo groupsets go: Super Record, Record, Chorus (all 12-speed), Ekar, Potenza, Centaur (both 11-speed), and Veloce (10-speed). Super Record and Record are available with EPS electronic shifting

12 of the best Campagnolo-equipped road bikes for 2021

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 road bikes built around the Italian groupsets 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 quick release skewer. Campagnolo has long been an innovative company bringing some of the lightest and advanced components to market, and Campagnolo also invented the rear derailleur 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 scale working in its favour, it’s able to provide good deals for large bike companies selling bikes in huge numbers.

To try and combat the decline of Campagnolo support the company launched the Potenza groupset, aimed at the mid-range market dominated by Shimano’s Ultegra, but it did look like you were still paying a premium to have Campagnolo on your bike.

In the next stage of the fightback, Campagnolo launched the Centaur groupset, aimed at the riders who currently use Shimano 105. Campagnolo components are still not what you'd call common, but with Potenza and Centaur there are a few more Campagnolo-equipped models on offer than a few years ago. Even though Campagnolo quietly dropped Potenza from the range last year you can still find bikes with it on sale.

A short while ago Campagnolo roared into the gravel bike sector with the 13-speed Ekar groupset which boasts a big gear range combined with single-chainring simplicity and has properly stood the dirt-road community on its ear. It's a very impressive achievement.

Bike manufacturers have been quick to offer Ekar-equipped bikes so we've kicked off with a few of them.

Tifosi Cavazzo Campagnolo Ekar — £2,999

Tifosi Cavazzo Ekar

One of the cheapest bikes you can buy with Campagnolo's 1x13 Ekar groupset, the Cavazzo boasts a carbon-fibre frame in a configuration that's halfway between endurance road bike and fast gravel bike.

Read our review of the Tifosi Cavazzo
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Specialized Diverge Pro Carbon Campagnolo LTD 2021 — £7,250

2021 Specialized Diverge Carbon LTD Campagnolo Ekar on white

Specialized introduced a whole raft of improvements to their Diverge gravel bike platform for 2021 so it's only fitting they should offer a version with the Ekar groupset. You get the 9-42 cassette for the widest gear range available from a non-electronic 1X bike, and Specialized's own Roval carbon fibre wheels.

Orro Terra C Ekar 2022 — £3,599.99

2021 Orro Terra C Ekar

At a slightly less stratospheric price, here's UK company Orro Bikes' Ekar-equipped rig, the Terra C Ekar. It gets the Rapid Red 3 wheels from Campagnolo sister brand Fulcrum, 38mm tyres from Vredestein and Deda's flared gravel bike handlebar.

Read our review of the Orro Terra C

Bianchi Specialissima Super Record 12 EPS 2022 — £11,999

2021 Bianchi Specialissima Super Record EPS

If money is no object, and it really needs to be for this bike, the Specialissima is Bianchi’s flagship full carbon race bike and is outfitted here with the top-of-the-range electronic Super Record 12-speed groupset. This latest version of the Specialissima has internally-routed cables and disc brakes (there's no rim-braked complete bike, though you can still buy a rim-brake-compatible bare frame); it's a dramatic modernisation of a previously very conservative bike.

Read our review of the Bianchi Specialissima

Cinelli Superstar Potenza 11 — £2,199.99

2020 Cinelli Superstar Disc Grey Potenza11

One of Italy's most famous bike brands, Cinelli is known for striking design, though the Superstar here really only nods to that with its colourful stripes. We suspect that painting the Toray 700 carbon fibre frame in a riot of colours might have looked a bit odd with the black Potenza components.

Van Rysel Ultra CF Potenza — £1,999.99

Van Rysel RR 920 CF Potenza

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 Ultra 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 Zondas and it rolls on Hutchinson Fusion 5 Performance tyres. It's a very tidy package for the money.

Pinarello Dogma F Super Record EPS — £12,400

2022 Pinarello Dogma F Super Record Disc

The latest version of the legendary Dogma with Campagnolo's top electronic groupset, and the renowned Shamal wheels. You don't really need both kidneys.

Wilier GTR Team Chorus — £2,430

wilier gtr team chorus road bike side view on white

The GTR Team is Wilier's all-rounder frame, suitable for racing or just for long days exploring the lanes. It's clad here in a Chorus groupset and Campagnolo Calima wheels. Wilier offers a substantial range of Campagnolo-equipped bikes, as you might expect from a company whose very name celebrates Italian liberation.

De Rosa Idol Disc Chorus — £4,250

2020 De Rosa Idol Chorus

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
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Condor Cycles Italia RC — from £3,363.94

Condor Italia RC frame, fork and headset

London-based Condor Cycles lets you spec any Campagnolo groupset, and using their bike builder we picked an Italia RC aluminium frame with a Campagnolo Chorus 12-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 Aeroad CFR Disc EPS — £9,749

2021 canyon aeroad disc cfr 9

The Aeroad CFR is German company Canyon’s lightest aero frame and is available in a wide range of builds, including this full Campagnolo Super Record EPS version. It's not exactly cheap, but at a claimed 7.32kg it's light for a disc-braked aero bike. If weight's your entire priority, check out the Ultimate CFR Disc EPS at a claimed 6.29kg.

Read more: Canyon unveils 2021 Aeroad 065 road bike

Colnago C64 Campagnolo Super Record EPS — £12,762

Colnago C64 custom build

Colnago’s C64 is a custom build option so you can build it with any parts you like. We got stuck into the bike builder at Bespoke Cycling to put together this dream build with Bora Ultra wheels, Enve bars and stem and a full Super Record EPS groupset, but with mechanical Super Record and more modest components you could knock four grand off that and still have an amazing bike.

Read our review of the Colnago C60

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