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Electronic Campag spotted at Tour of Flanders

Spy shots of the new digital shifting system

Campagnolo’s electronic shifting components made an appearance at last weekend’s Tour of Flanders and we’ve got our hands on some spy shots. Spain’s Team Movistar, previously Caisse d'Epargne, will be using the equipment this year – the only team to do so before it goes on sale to the public.

Campag have released few details but, on the face of it, the system appears to be vaguely similar to Shimano’s Di2 system with a comparably sized battery sitting on the down tube between the bottom bracket and the bottle cage.

The shifters stick with Campag’s existing mechanical strategy in having the down lever tucked behind the brake lever and a thumb-operated button on the inside of the lever body for upshifts.

The derailleurs appear to be carbon fibre as far as the eye can see with the wire for the rear mech travelling internally, breaking cover at the top of the chainstay just ahead of the rear dropout.

Whereas the Di2 system is 10-speed, Campag’s – in line with their existing top end groupsets – goes up to 11. One louder.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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