The online version of RoadCycling UK weighs in this week on road bikes priced at or below £1000 (about $1,600 US). They listed eight bikes worth looking at, of which only two are Campy equipped:
The skimpy availability of worthy bikes highlights Campagnolo's perennial difficulty in providing products at the lower end of the price scale that perform well in the marketplace compared to Shimano's lower-priced offerings. We at Campy Only have noted for years that the company's less-than-top-of-the-line gruppos are great, and often differ from Record in minor ways (weighing a few grams more, for instance). However, great performance and good looks simply haven't been enough, and Shimano is well entrenched.