Campagnolo Athena PT 11sp Cranksets

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Product Description

The Athena Ultra-Torque Alloy crankset brings greater affordability to 11-speed with the durability stiffness and classic look of Aluminum. The chainrings have been re-designed for greater stiffness and have eight pins for quick and reliable shifts. Chainrings and teeth also have an asymmetrical design to facilitate chain descent from the outer ring.Ultra Torque design uses an oversized spindle pressed into each crankarm and meets mid-bottom bracket shell in a Hirth joint and secured by a l...


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by aa.mclaren a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2014

Strengths:    Affordable 11 speed cranks. Lighter than commonly advertised (power torque version). Finish, classic styling, fast-shifting chainrings.

Weaknesses:    Power torque is less easy to uninstall than ultra torque. Printed logos rub off easily (due to wonky cleat set up on an old set of shoes though). Proprietary 110/112.5 mm bolt circle makes for less selection in replacement chainrings. Though there are options.

Bottom Line:   
I re-built an old custom steel frame from my 1990s racing days, while upgrading a few parts on my carbon rig. 11 speed Athena in my view represents the best value in currently available gear and absolutely looks the part on lugged steel. I'm a late convert to compact gearing, and this was a long-overdue conversion for my now-40lbs heavier self. I weighed these (175mm, 50/34) before installing, and they come out of the box at 744 grams, actually quite competitive with Campagnolo's much more expensive Athena or Chorus carbon cranks. Apparently the earlier Athena UT cranks in alloy weigh nearly 100 gm more. They were advertised at the well-known UK internet dealer, at 840 gm, that may well be the case with the 2010 Ultra Torque design, but I have no confirmation.

They are nicely finished with clear anodising and high polish, although the printed logo does wear off quite quickly (I was wearing an old pair of shoes that had the look cleat a bit further outboard than on my regular footwear). So, drive side now says A hena instead of Athena. Well, as they always said, "don't look down". Functionally, these are great cranks.

Installation was easy. I did have to get a 14mm allen key adapted to a torque wrench, although that cost less than most Campy-specific tools I have bought otherwise. I can see that removing them is a lot fussier than with the Ultra Torque system (I also have Chorus UT on the other bike). Campagnolo's Power Torque disassembly video on You Tube gives a good demonstration though, using an automotive-type puller with the thread cap and NDS crank protection insert. A similar procedure is used to take out old bearings from the drive side crank once disassembled. Figure I'll cross that bridge in a few years.

All Campagnolo compact cranks now come with a proprietary chainring design with the hidden bolt slightly offset from the usual 110mm bolt circle diameter. This bolt position is described as either 113mm or 112.5mm, meaning most replacement rings will not fit without a bit of filing. However, Specialites T.A. also make 11 speed rings that will fit for those that want something slightly different, for instance 42, 39, 38 or 36 tooth inner rings.

None of the above is a serious deal breaker though, I consider these cranks a fit and forget item for now. But I still consider Ultra Torque a better design, mechanically. If I was racking up 20K miles annually on these and having to replace chainrings regularly, that would be a bigger deal. These may not be the best of the best offered by Campagnolo, but they are a very good, affordable choice for the retro-steed converted up to 11 speed.

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Favorite Ride:   Local roads

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Internet

Similar Products Used:   Mavic 631, CODA Magic Motorcycle, Shimano 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace 7402, Campagnolo Chorus 1995, Record Carbon 2004, Chorus 2012.

Bike Setup:   Tamarack custom steel (mix of Reynolds 731OS, Tange Ultimate Ultralight, early Trek OCLV fork with threaded steerer). Mavic 1" headset, 3TTT Status stem, Forma SL bars. Turbomatic saddle, USE seatpin, Campagnolo Athena group (2010 Ultra Shift levers) and Zonda wheels. Old Look PP296 pedals "the paint matches" so they're still on there. Vred. Fortezza Tri Comps.



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