CeramicSpeed brings their $1700 3D printed titanium pulleys to Campagnolo

CeramicSpeed has a knack for outrageously priced derailleur pulleys. Earlier this year, they unveiled their lighter, but more importantly more durable, 3D printed titanium pulleys for Shimano derailleurs. The wheels use an oversized design (OSPW) with 13 and 19t, and utilizes 3D printing to create a hollow pulley wheel that ends up about 10g lighter than aluminum but with twice the life span. The set includes a carbon reinforced PA (Polyamide) derailleur cage with three sing settings designed to fit the oversized wheels, and it’s meant for up to 32t cassettes. Even with twice the durability of their aluminum pulleys (which are more durable than stock), you’re still paying a premium with a $1,700 price tag.

Fortunately, you can get many of the same benefits for just $499/$599 for the uncoated and coated aluminum versions. Using the same 13t upper and 19t lower OSPW design, the wheels are CNC machined and available in black and red – both in coated and uncoated bearing races with the coated products claiming an even longer life span.

CeramicSpeed claims any of their OSPW cages reduce friction by 40% compared to the stock Campagnolo wheels and cages, and are up to 3-5x more durable. All three versions are compatible with Campagnolo Record mechanical, Record EPS, Super Record mechanical, Super Record EPS, and Potenza mechanical derailleurs.

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JJ
JJ
4 years ago

If Bentley can sell Mulliner Edition vehicles, I see no reason Ceramicspeed won’t have a market too… on the bikes mounted on top of Bentley Mulliner Edition vehicles.

mudrock
mudrock
4 years ago
Reply to  JJ

or my Colnago/Ferrari

Tomi
Tomi
4 years ago
Reply to  JJ

At least the 170 000$ Breitling clock option on the Bentley won’t get exposed to road crud.

Frippolini
Frippolini
4 years ago

LOL why not $ 17 000? Whoever would buy these at $ 1700 is for sure not price sensitive, so they might just as well charge x10 the amount.

The only reason why these are priced at this price point is to get the attention of everyone, aka marketing.

comrad
comrad
4 years ago
Reply to  Frippolini

To be completely fair, the tech that goes in to printing these is not very cheap

Frippolini
Frippolini
4 years ago
Reply to  comrad

You are absolutely correct, but the fact is that you don’t need to buy the machines (the printers) in order to use them. Many printer manufacturers and all contract manufacturers offers anyone the service of print-on-demand, meaning you don’t need to buy the printers to use them.

Ettore
Ettore
4 years ago
Reply to  Frippolini

Yet, you are paying for the fact that someone else had to buy it.

JJ
JJ
4 years ago
Reply to  comrad

Weaving gold thread to make toilet paper isn’t cheap either, but I don’t think that would justify the price for such a product.

Bmx
Bmx
4 years ago
Reply to  JJ

Strangley such a garment kind of exists. Took 8 years and a thousand spiders making gold silk. Was in the V&A . Doubtful somebody wiped themselves with it though

ElPablo
ElPablo
4 years ago

The coating is applied to the races, same as with all coated bearings from CeramicSpeed. It is a very thin, hardened metallic coating that seals, smooths, & protects the stainless steel surface of the pulley bearing races (hardened steel for other bearings they produce). I know this is the first CeramicSpeed product you have covered, and I’m sure you didn’t have any time to ask or research what the coating is, so you can be executed for the lame ‘oh these are expensive haha’ article.

ElPablo Spell Check
ElPablo Spell Check
4 years ago
Reply to  ElPablo

*excused for the article. Executed may be too much.

Bent Udder
Bent Udder
4 years ago
Reply to  ElPablo

So you’re saying they are not expensive? I’ve got some gold plated, zebra skin – sheathed HDMI cables with velvet waveguides for unbelievable mid-octet richness to sell you if you think they’re a billy bargain, my easily-led chum.

ElPablo
ElPablo
4 years ago
Reply to  Bent Udder

Didn’t argue that in the least. These are more than triple the cost of their standard big pulley systems, yes that is expensive. But what is wrong with a company producing a ‘halo’ product? Many times they are never produced but only ‘announced’. There are plenty of oil rich sheiks that seem to be riding these based off RoadBike Dubia insta feed. Doesn’t mean they are for anyone normal but they are sold into the market.

And sure, I’ll take your HDMI cables, sounds like such a great use of Zebra skin……..

gkogut2015g
4 years ago
Reply to  ElPablo

To be fair it is sort of absurd for CeramicSpeed to not have any explanation at all on their Web site what you’re getting for the $100 premium for a “coated” version. Your description isn’t very good either.

ElPablo
ElPablo
4 years ago
Reply to  gkogut2015g

http://www.ceramicspeed.com/sport/techlab/technical-information/coated-products/
I guess all high priced products need to come with a hand holding technical walk through for people who would never spend the money on the product anyways?

Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot
4 years ago
Reply to  ElPablo

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Robin
Robin
4 years ago

What a fine example of critical thinking.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

3D, ha! My pulleys are printed in spacetime.

mojo au gogo
mojo au gogo
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

exactly…

Technician
Technician
4 years ago

I’ve bought my Tourney pulleys for $3. I am not disappointed.

dustytires
4 years ago

For this much money they should be more aero, with that massive pulley and extra chain catching the wind they should be notably higher drag. What about the watts? How many watts will I save, is it enough to compensate for the aero losses?

kavitec wheels
kavitec wheels
4 years ago

For that price ceramic speed could at least get titanium nitride over complete cage – than i ll buy two

david harris
david harris
4 years ago

Somebody’s been smoking CRACK

Shafty
Shafty
4 years ago

These are stupid. Please, nobody buy these, or any of their other BS unnecessary products. It’s all HYPE. Just replace your existing pulleys every year and you’ll be fine.

PeteM
PeteM
4 years ago

Is it April 1st already?!?!

Tomi
Tomi
4 years ago

Finally a pulley cage that cost as much as my complete Campagnolo Super Record groupset. It is about time !

blah blah blah
blah blah blah
4 years ago

best upgrade ever took 2/10ths of my pb for a 100km tt awesome, that hot chick at the finish line, im dating now!. Gee i even upgraded the bearings in my juicer to ceramicspeed bearings easy 10% nutritional gain rumor has it that they are developing bearings to replace the ones in my shifters for another 1/10 cant wait, take my money

Bazz
Bazz
4 years ago

The irony is that the people who can actually justify these parts i.e it’s there job to win races which often come down hundreds of a second or mms difference between first and second, are usually sponsored and not worried about the costs.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  Bazz

Teams care about costs and sponsors aren’t money trees. Unless given these by ceramicspeed at cost (which is likely very low) no team would run them

MaraudingWalrus
MaraudingWalrus
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Some teams do run the regular ceramic speed stuff. Cannondale would always run the regular OSPW system with the aluminum jockey wheels.

The marginalist of marginal gains to be made from the regular OSPWs to 3D printed Ti.

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

Correct, although I highly doubt they were paying the $500-600 msrp the regular OSPW system retails for, especially as I believe ceramicspeed sponsors the cannondale team

Jimmy
Jimmy
4 years ago

We all must still agree…… they do look cool!
That’s why we’re all here, we love to look at cool bike parts.

kavitec wheels
kavitec wheels
4 years ago

Lockheed SR-71 also looks very cool

kavitec wheels
kavitec wheels
4 years ago

And set of Royce Golden Race hubs cost less than C.S cage – hubs are all titanium and cover with titanium nitride

Cowtowncyclist
Cowtowncyclist
4 years ago

Somebody needs to explain to me the premise that Aluminum pulleys are more durable than stock. I have had Shimano and SRAM pulleys last 20,000 kms and still been spinning fine. I have had derailleurs fail far more often than I wear out pulleys.

GC rider
GC rider
4 years ago

Well I think they are cool . I would buy them if $1700 was a tiny number compaired to my bank balance.10million would be a fair number . But the right price for me is $250 for this. Other people will have different amounts and a few will have $1700.( and it is great marketing for their regular lines ). 5k seems reasonable for a rolex compered to the 20k one next to it ,but doesn’t seem reasonble if sitting by my $80 kickstarter watch. Also It is good that companies push the design tech envelope . Because if it is better,eventually the tech will trickle down along with the astronomical price. Somehow I don’t envisage this as standard on the next 7 year super record product cycle. Maybe after that this could be the next ” improvement” to be upsold to new faster smoother groupset. Unfortunately for campagnolo My 6year old record group still has many years of life left.

Volsung
Volsung
4 years ago

Aren’t they going to tell me how many watts I’m losing and how much faster I’ll be on a 40k time trial? Those are stats that I need to know before I sell a kidney and buy some jockey wheels on my commuter.

Pete
Pete
4 years ago

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mojo au gogo
mojo au gogo
4 years ago

CS has failed in the real world of marketing by making these parts available… the imagination is more stimulated by seeing but not being able to acquire them… by overpricing these baubles they expose their lack of understanding the cyclist mentality… unobtanium over outrageous is the real pied piper methodology… rapha has the same defect..