We're hearing rumors that Campagnolo's electronic shifting gruppo will finally be available for sale as part of the 2011 lineup. Rumor has it that the long-awaited electronic system will be premiered for selected industry insiders at Eurobike. No word yet on whether it will be released as 10S or 11S, or what the price will be. (We've predicted here for years that Campagnolo will sell every single electronic gruppo they sell, regardless of price--there are that many cash-rich Campy fans out there.)
Campagnolo's electronic gruppo has been dangling in front of the cycling world like a carrot on a stick for almost a decade, disappearing for a while before resurfacing at some obscure Belgian road race long enough to keep the rumors going. Needless to say, the Campy Only staff is not holding its collective breath.
... And before we leave the subject, we ask again: Why? Why introduce the weight and inconvenience of batteries into the shifting equation? Who will benefit, other than a professional racer, who has a mechanic to keep the batteries charged and who might benefit from being able to shift in a sprint a tiny bit easier than with a regular system? Time will tell.
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