Home > Bike Types > Road Bike

Campagnolo Super Record Wireless Reshifts Compact Racing Gears in Carbon 2×12 Gruppo

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, rear derailleur
36 Comments
Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More

Yes, Campy’s new ultra-premium Super Record electronic groupset is new totally wireless – Campagnolo Super Record Wireless. And those thumb shift levers are gone. But equally big news may be the fact that Campy has gone the sub-compact route of SRAM and paired smaller chainrings to a smaller 10T cog out back, for what claims to be improved gear ratio steps with bigger range.

A whole lot has changed besides the very obvious lack of wires. Let’s dig into the details…

Campagnolo Super Record Wireless electronic 2 x 12-speed

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, complete groupset
all photos c. Campagnolo

For decades Campagnolo has been first to market among the big drivetrain behemoths at many road groupset milestones – like 1st 10sp, 11sp & 12sp groupsets… plus 1st 13-speed if we want to include gravel and ignore Rotor. They even went back and forth with Shimano, then Campy, then SRAM for electrifying 10, 11 & 12sp. But like their delayed adoption of road disc brakes, wireless has been a long-time coming.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, riding

Interestingly enough, we pretty much had a drawing of this new Super Record Wireless derailleur on our homepage more than a year ago, as Campagnolo was hyped on Ekar success and the wireless next-gen of their road racing groupset was a hot topic in the rumor mill. We’ve been speculating about this gruppo for three years now, based on our patent patrol finds.

Now, we’ve got our fingers crossed that it will be as solid a performance as that late disc braking!

What’s New?

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new shifting ergonomics

First off, it’s completely wireless. Replaceable batteries in each shifter, different rechargeable batteries in each derailleur that can be charged on or off the bike.

There are also all-new 2-button fingertip shift controls, wider grip ergonomics, smaller compact crankset gearing that takes advantage of smaller cogs on their N3W freehub, new smaller 12-speed cassettes with 10T smallest cogs, a power meter-ready carbon crankset option, and even some upgraded brake pads.

Plus, there’s plenty of known and trusted Campy tech – modern angular aesthetics mixing Super Record and even Ekar heritage, tons of carbon, plenty of titanium, machined aluminum & steel, ceramic bearings, the same 12-speed spacing you already have (even if Campy doesn’t suggest any mixing-and-matching), and some of the best-performing disc brakes on the road.

Tech details: New Ergopower levers

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new levers

Let’s start with the Ergopower brake levers & shifters (claimed 745g , pair). Gone is the long-running thumb downshift lever and the ‘One Lever, One Action‘ ethos (and Campy’s technologies page that explained why that was more intuitive to use). Instead, you get 2 shift buttons behind the brake lever that look a bit like Di2-style, but with some extra spacing in between them and a different tactile finish on each to make it harder to accidentally hit the wrong lever.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new Ergopower levers

The new levers are said to be easy to adapt to, shifting the upper button with the tip of your index finger, and shifting the lower button with your middle finger. Campagnolo says they moved away from their classic inner thumb-shifter design to appeal to a broader pool of cyclists, some who had trouble operating the inner shift lever, especially those with smaller hands.

Looking both from the side profile and head-on, it’s clear that these new Ergopower hoods are both wider and larger volume than previous generations of Record & Super Record.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new Ergopower levers inside

Presumably, that was a conscious decision to create a more comfortable place to rest your hands based on Campy’s first comments to us, since we’d expect electronics to take up less space inside than mechanical shift internals. But, compared to the EPS system – now Campagnolo Super Record Wireless levers have to pack processing power, Bluetooth communications hardware, and the replaceable CR2032 battery into the same where there was just a switch before.

And it’s really more than just a few simple switches too…

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, inside each shift

On the back sides of the new carbon brake levers, Campagnolo hides a lot more tactile tech.

More than just a button under your fingertip though, the paddle with a hole in it (backed by the closed black pod that has the shift switch in it) all pivots along a metal lever that extends back up the brake lever blade for a more natural motion following the sing of your finger. The motion (from right to left, above) moves several mechanical springs, levers & other elements in the shift so that you get a real positive feedback as you change gears.

Back to the extra controls on the insides of the new Ergopower levers…

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, contro.l buttons

Up top is a Mode button that is designed to be used during setup and diagnostics. Below is the Power or Wake-Up button that again has a mostly setup & adjust function. But Campagnolo has mentioned that it is possible to customize at least one of these buttons on each shifter to control a connected Garmin GPS device.

We asked if it could be configured as a shift button to replicate classic Campy shift dynamics, but Campagnolo managed to not give a definitive answer.

The other dot there is a LED indicator that will flash red warning of low battery when there is <15% charge remaining. Campagnolo says that in regular use, riders should get 1.5-2 years of battery life out of the non-rechargeable button-cell battery in each shifter.

MyCampy in-app shift customization

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, MyCampy in-app shift customization

Of course, one of the biggest benefits to electronic – and even more so, wireless – shifting is the ability to customize its controls. Campy didn’t share much about the new functionality of the updated MyCampy app other than to say that you can customize shift dynamics.

Standard factory settings do use the idea of the right lever controlling the rear derailleur, the left lever controlling the front derailleur, top buttons to a harder gear, bottom buttons to an easier gear. But it is up to you.

A couple of screengrabs from Campagnolo’s Super Record Wireless presentation suggest some curious combinations. That one on the right looks like it might recreate the One Lever, One Action concept with the right levers making gears easier, and left levers harder? And the image on the left looks like it might be Goblin Mode, just push shifters and hope for the best.

New battery-powered wireless derailleurs

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, rear derailleur on bike

OK, so new wireless Ergopowers are key, but they have to control something, right? Now they talk directly and independently to two new battery-powered wireless derailleurs.

Which also happen to light up the little winged Campagnolo logo on top of each derailleur with every shift!

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, rear derailleur

The Super Record Wireless rear derailleur (claimed 295g) is mostly carbon as we’ve seen before from the Super Record level, with its electronic motor and removable battery tucked underneath the parallelogram – just no more wired connection.

It also features an unlocking mechanism, so it can be moved back-and-forth manually.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, rear derailleur backside

The new derailleurs are waterproofed to the high IP69K standard, because Campagnolo knows someone will be cleaning it off with a pressure washer – pro team mechanics, we are looking at you.

The rear derailleur gets a shapely new cage – steel on the inside, carbon on the outside, and spins the two 12T pulleys on ceramic bearings. There’s just one cage length for all cassettes, and while Campy officially says it’s for the biggest new cassettes (29T), they suggested that there’s enough cage length to go a couple of teeth bigger too.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, front derailleur

The front derailleur (claimed 160g) is much the same with a similar electronic motor up top and a removable battery on its front – no more wires.

An important note here is that both use different batteries, and both have a different mechanism to secure the battery in place. This was apparently a direct workaround SRAM AXS patents.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, differnt batteries

The big innovation here though, is that Campagnolo includes charging contacts for a magnetic USB-powered charger so you can either charge the batteries on the bike, or quickly pull them off and charge them on your desktop. And each battery includes LEDs clearly indicating the power remaining.

Quoted battery life for the derailleurs is >750km for a race-level user, or more than 1000km for a regular cyclist. Recharge time is said to be super fast too, so something like a 75% recharge from flat in 30 mins.

New compact crankset sizes

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, cranks

The new Super Record Wireless crankset (claimed 585g, 172.5×45/29T with bearings) doesn’t look super new, but there’s plenty of new bits tucked inside what is essentially a cosmetic reshaping that combines the big ring reinforcement of the previous Super Record with a slightly flatter, more angular aesthetic inherited from Ekar.

The big shift though is to small rings.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, crankset

The cranks now are available with 50/34T new road, 48/32T new semi-compact, and 45/29T new compact gear ratios. That of course coordinates with the new 10T cog giving you the same top speed that you could have reached only with a pro-only 55T big chainring.

Campagnolo says they measure the additional friction loss due to the smaller cogs (comparing 55×11 to 50×10) to be just 0.1W energy loss in the lab with a +/-0.4W margin of error. So their feeling is that the gains from improved shifting and cadence will outweigh any extra drivetrain drag. Campy did suggest this is why Super Record Wireless didn’t go to the smaller 9T like Campy Ekar. And it was the improved small gear steps that convinced them to stick with 2×12 on the road vs. 1×13 on gravel.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, crankset is powermeter-ready?

Of course, new small chainrings means a new bolt circle diameter. #groan. This one is now an all-new asymmetric 121/88mm BCD meaning only Campagnolo chainrings for the time being. The Ultra-Torque cranksets with titanium spindles are available in 165, 170, 172.5 & 175mm arm lengths with 147.5mm Q-factor.

Also of note even though we don’t have any official details or confirmation here… there’s a new flat spot on the back of each arm of this hollow carbon crankset. Campagnolo confirmed that there is not a powermeter in this crankset, and power is not a current option. But Campy are working on a power meter, and we’re pretty sure that’s where it is going to go, likely in 2024.

New smaller 12sp cassettes with 10T cog

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new cassette gearing
10-29T (l) to 10-25T (r)

With new small chainrings comes new smaller gears – with optimized gearing steps, and revised tooth shaping for quicker, smoother gear changes around the new, more compact chainlines.

Campagnolo will offer three new 12-speed cassette options with the new Super Record Wireless gruppo, all featuring a 10T cog made possible by Campy’s latest N3W freehub body innovation. The smallest 10-25T (claimed 210g) will be for flat landers and road purists, 10-27T will be an in-betweener, and 10-29T will offer the widest range.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new cassettes

That 10-29T is wider than previous 11-32T cassettes, and with one 12-speed derailleur designed to work well with all three variants, we think the 10-29T will be the most popular.

Like the current 12-speed cassettes (which share the same 12sp spacing but not the new tooth profiles, so are not technically compatible), these new Super Record Wireless cassettes are all machined from steel in a multi-gear cluster for the biggest cogs, then a few loose cogs in the middle, topped off by a monoblock of 3 smallest cogs shared by all cassette sizes and designed to mount over the trimmed down N3W body.

Carry-over chain & brakes

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, acrry-over chain

One thing completely unchanged in the new group is the R12 (that’s Record 12sp) chain that debuted with the mechanical Record & Super Record launch a few years back (claimed 228g, 114 links). New Super Record Wireless does add the more recent one-time-use quick-link though for improved usability.

The new group also carries over the same Pro-Tech extra sealed bottom bracket tech from Ekar.

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, updated brakes

Hydraulic disc brakes are unchanged too. The single universal master cylinder inside the new Super Record Wireless Ergopower levers and these new brake calipers (claimed 118g, 140mm caliper) are actually the subtle rolling update that debuted with Ekar, and will carry on to other groups. This is the latest evolution of Campagnolo’s excellent hydraulic disc brakes are now entirely developed in-house (separate from the original Magura cooperation), and made by Campy.

One new bit here though – peeking out of the calipers above – Super Record Wireless debuts a new Campagnolo crake pad with a lighter aluminum backing plate that Campy says dissipates heat even better than before. The 30% lighter alloy-backed pads are compatible with all Campy brakes and can be retrofitted to any other groupset when you need to replace your pads.

The heat-dissipating, semi-floating disc brake rotors are also unchanged – available in 140mm & 160mm diameters with stainless steel braking surface and aluminum centerlock (AFS) carriers.

Claimed weight – lightweight or ultralight?

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, new levers

In the end, Campagnolo Super Record Wireless claims to effectively weigh the same as the outgoing wired Super Record EPS at 2520g for the complete setup. Campy has not yet clarified to us what that includes. It is lightweight, but essentially the same as the top Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red AXS groups which have all coalesced around that same real 2.5kg weight target in their latest iterations.

Are you ready to rethink Campy shifting? Wireless electronic shifting is only available at the Super Record level for now (this year?), but Campy effectively confirmed that they are working on bringing wireless electronic shifting to other groupsets, as well – an important shift from the previous generation of EPS that abandoned electronic shifting at Record & Chorus levels.

Fingers crossed that Ekar Wireless will be next!

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless – Pricing & Availability

2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo, electronic-shift hydraulic disc brake 12-speed road bike drivetrain, riding

Officially the new 2023 Campagnolo Super Record Wireless gruppo goes on sale today for $5400 / 5200€ for a complete 2×12 wireless-shift, hydraulic sic brake groupset with your choice of gearing. Campagnolo assures us that the new Super Record Wireless group is actually available starting today, and there will likely be a number of complete bike from brands including Canyon, Pinarello, Specialized, Wilier, and more that are available to order starting today.

But beyond the high pricetag of the new group which will likely limit the number of people who can afford a new Super Record Wireless setup, Campy says the new groupset will be available in relatively limited numbers as production ramps up fully to meet demand.

Campagnolo.com

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

36 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Myke
Myke
10 months ago

$5200… sure this is a race focused groupset but few will buy this. Not sure how campy thinks this will move the needle for them with nothing earth shattering new…

Rincoln
Rincoln
10 months ago

Gonna use the 10-25 cassette with current 12 speed rim brake groupset.

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
10 months ago

I bought a brand new transmission for my truck that cost less than this.

Pm732
Pm732
10 months ago

There’s nothing here that will convert anyone that’s not already a campyphile. That FD looks like a brick. Is Shimano internal battery format really so bad as to suffer that brick (and separate battery types)? Do they have a parent on semi wireless?

Dylan
Dylan
10 months ago
Reply to  Pm732

Once you have to run wires of any length, why not just use a mechanical groupset? And as for the internal battery, I’m admittedly more of a MTBer lately than a roadie (and prefer mechanical shifting on both), but the ability to carry a spare battery or to recharge it from a USB power bank while on the go is a major benefit. My wife is terrible at remembering to charge hers, and more than once has been saved by being able to recharge on a drive to the trailhead or borrow a spare from a friend – and said friend owns the spare after having to abandon a group ride due to a flat battery.

Matthias
Matthias
10 months ago
Reply to  Dylan

Electonic is nice but yes, if you have to run wires, why not make it wired all the way? It would even gain some battery life by not having to power the receiver all the time and not having separate shifter batteries. I never understood what gave Shimano this weird idea if it wasn’t lack of confidence in being able to make a SRAM-style system work reliably.

Greg
Greg
10 months ago
Reply to  Pm732

Shimano has patents on the modular wiring like they have. And while Campy and Shimano are friendly w each other and often trade patents, Shimano wasn’t budging on this one. That’s why Campy EPS always had a “power supply” with all the wires attached, and wires from each of the pieces, and they connected in the middle.
So annoying. I don’t understand how plugging separate wires into the units could be patented. It should fall into the category of obviousness based on prior use in other categories.

Red876
Red876
10 months ago
Reply to  Greg

I don’t understand how plugging separate wires into the units could be patented

Are you really sure Shimano has ever patented such a vague concept? Just because Campagnolo has used non-modular power units doesn’t mean it is and indeed, FSA’s K-Force WE had a cable connection system similar to Shimano’s so you could completely remove the cables from each derailleur.

I’m saying this partly because until recently many SRAM fanboys have claimed “a full wireless drivetrain was SRAM’s patent :p” without ANY source to back it up. They just came up with such story JUST BECAUSE no company else followed eTap at that point and also said something like “a battery-attached derailleur is SRAM’s!”, but even this turned out wrong.

The only patent infringement SRAM can claim is an interchangeable battery between the front and rear derailleur, which is of course a very neat feature Campagnolo is missing here.

Pm732
Pm732
10 months ago

Also 0.4 watt loss on the 10t is just LOL. There’s no way it’s that low

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  Pm732

It seems that this gearing scheme has been a success for SRAM. It’s one of the reasons I won’t buy it. To optimize gear ratio jumps we need to be on the bigger cogs, not the smaller ones. That means bigger chain rings.

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
10 months ago
Reply to  Pm732

I think they use 10t cogs just to make the range math easier to do.

Honestly I’d rather ride bigger with tighter jumps in between, but I’m a lean 200 lbs and can aero tuck past most people pedaling downhill so anything smaller than 12t is useless.

SomeGuy
SomeGuy
10 months ago

Between this and Ekar, it seems that in recent years Campy has dedicated countless hours and funds to taking what Sram has done pretty well and making it “meh” for a premium price.

I can’t imagine buying this group over Sram or Shimano.

Chris
Chris
10 months ago

10-25 for the win! Finally a 12 speed road cassette with smaller jumps. And if you get the compact 45/29 crank you still have gear for decent climbing and plenty of speed on the descents.

Dinger
Dinger
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

It’s really just an 11-25 11 speed with a nearly useless 10T tacked on (they’re power hogs..).

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
10 months ago
Reply to  Chris

ummmm… The smaller the cassette the bigger the jumps.

wwm
wwm
10 months ago

They should have made 2 x 13 and semi wireless if they couldn’t get around the SRAM battery patent. They need a Chorus level group to compete, still my money would go to d12 for the value in Ultegra. I’ll feed my Campy obsession with 1980’s parts.

mud
mud
10 months ago

Wow a lot of upgrades. I think people bitching about the price are missing the point. This will now be considered the benchmark for the best of the best and will show up on a lot of show bikes and pro team bikes. By the time it trickles down to Chorus plenty of people will be ready to buy.

One thing I saw in the video (1:15 and a bit later for the rear) is that Campy seems to have moved on from thru axles. What this group has looks like an abbreviated quick release. It will probably still work with TAs I think if one is using other wheels.

Grillis
Grillis
10 months ago
Reply to  mud

Only one WT team (AG2R) and one PT (Green Project) is running Campy, and the teams that buy their drivetrains mostly buy Shimano. Campy has been relegated to boutique status and for Campagphiles, and hasn’t been the benchmark for some time. It’s not even the lightest. It has very little going for it right now.

Gereald
Gereald
10 months ago
Reply to  Grillis

Last year there were four WT teams on Campagnolo and only two on SRAM.. Something changed.

Gerald
Gerald
10 months ago
Reply to  Grillis

Last year there were four world tour teams on Campagnolo, AG2R, Confidis, Lotto Soudal and UAE, while there were only two on SRAM. Moviestar and Trek-Segafredo. SRAM and Shimano have a lot more monetary clout than Campagnolo.
If you prefer mechanical over electronic which I happen to do, Campagnolo has a lot going for it. My vintage Marinoni has the original Nueva Record, my custom touring bike has 10sp Centaur, my Ti road bike has 11sp Chorus and my gravel bike has 12sp Chorus.I ride over 15,000 km a year and I have no issues with my Campagnolo. Not satisfied, I also have SRAM and Shimano bikes in my collection so I do know what I am talking about. I think a lot of Campagnolo haters have never ridden a Campagnolo equiped bike.

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
10 months ago
Reply to  Gerald

Nah. I’ve ridden plenty of Campy equipped bikes over the years. Shimano has been making better groups for two decades now.

fitness
fitness
10 months ago

Different batteries front and rear? Lol

Michael
Michael
10 months ago
Reply to  fitness

Sram has patented the interchangeable battery. Only option.

will
will
10 months ago

i aint buying this until it’s 10k. can’t be a good derailleur if its less than that really.

Mike
Mike
10 months ago
Reply to  will

I am waiting until bikes get so expensive I will need to take out a 6 year bike loan.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago
Reply to  will

This groupset is slick but €5,200? The bike industry is gone bonkers. 3.5 times the price of Chorus & Ekar – it makes them look like really good value! Its effectively 3,800€ to swap gear cables for batteries!

Tom
Tom
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I guess that is maybe the point – price it so high that their other groups look like a good value. This tech will trickle down the lower tier groupsets.

Gerald
Gerald
10 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I picked up a 2X Chorus 12sp groupset for my gravel bike and it was 1060 Euro. Nothing against electronic, but I prefer mechanical.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago
Reply to  Gerald

I’m on Chorus 10sp and love the feel of mechanical and the look of the groupset. I’m also not keen on the idea of my bike being dependent on batteries!

However, I do like the clean look of no cables and would like to get away from the inevitable friction they build up over time. Still I think it will be mech chorus 12sp or Ekar next time for me.

Fake Namerton
Fake Namerton
10 months ago
Reply to  will

I’m not having this thing grace the Küat on my Audi unless I can lease it for 24 months $550 a month.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
10 months ago

that rear mech got some kinda disease better get it seen too

Cantrax
Cantrax
10 months ago

Way too expensive and very bulky for my taste.

mick
mick
10 months ago

New choice of crank and cassette gear ratio is nice, but the electronic parts? are they a joke?

Roger Pedacter
Roger Pedacter
10 months ago

Is that little B-knuckle compatible with Shimano DM?

Also, I just won the lottery so this is definitely in my price range. But I’m not buying until you guys do a glowing, sponsored product evaluation. How am I supposed to know if it’s actually any good until you paraphrase all their press package highlights?

pizzaface
pizzaface
10 months ago

The 10 people in the USA who buy this must be very excited

Bob
Bob
10 months ago

I mourn the loss of the elegant Campagnolo groupsets of <2010. This stuff is hideous.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Now

Sign up to receive BikeRumor content direct to your inbox.