Australia’s Cycloretro.com has taken to Campagnolo’s mid-level Potenza groupset with a pantograph kit and polisher and the results are stunning.
Campagnolo launched Potenza just last March so it’s in no way vintage, but it looks amazing in Cycleretro.com’s polished finish with the addition of details and classic Campag logos.
Potenza is a mainly aluminium 11-speed groupset that’s available off the shelf in both black and silver finishes.
Cycloretro.com offers bike restoration services for retro and classic bikes although a full Potenza groupset isn’t going to come cheap. The groupset itself costs about £550 but then you’re looking at AUS$100 (£61) to have a rear derailleur pantograph (engraving) and polish, AUS$160 (£97) for a pair of brakes, AUS $150 (£91) for the cranks… and so on. It’s a lot of work but the finished job looks amazing.
Why not just go and buy a classic groupset in the first place? Well, you could do that, but you wouldn't be able to have an 11-speed system controlled by ErgoPower levers, or any of the other benefits of a modern groupset. We think this is a beautiful melding of classic and new.
For more info go to www.cycloretro.com.
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 road.cc 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.