Centaur™: everything you always wanted and never dared to ask for.
Top-of-the-range materials and technical solutions characterize the CentaurTM groupset, designed for those who demand medium-high performance and the most exclusive Campagnolo® look as well.
The new Ultra-Torque™ system for the cranksets is also available this year in the Carbon version; Skeleton™ architecture for the brakes; carbon for the outer plate of the rear derailleur, the bottle cage and the Ergopower™ controls: a class option at a competitive price.
Strengths: Strong cranks, picks up speed when you need to. Very solid crankset. Lighter and as good as record and super record.
Weaknesses: The crank teeths is not as unique as Record and super record.
I am a retired racer from the 80, Got the Centaur crankset, Carbon Fiber, their weight is only 707 grams, which is as close as Campy record and super record, for a lower price. I find it very pleasant to ride with.
Bike Setup: Colnago all parts are Veloce except crankset is Centaur.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010
Strengths: Carbon cranks, carbon shifter. Very precise shifts. Value!
Just updated the group set on my 2002 Colnago C40 (2002 Record) with the carbon Centaur. The groupo is very impressive! Shifting is outstanding, looks great on the C40. The cranks and the bottom bracket are such an improvement over the 02 Record. The bike rides like new! The Centaur is such a great value.
Strengths: Shifting is perfect. The new style levers are comfortable, but I have to say I liked the old ones just fine and the new ones remind me too much of Shimano in terms of looks. It's still 10 speed, so compatible with a lot of other (older) groupsets. Costs a lot less than Athena or Chorus. UT cranks can't be beat. Compact 50/36 with the 11-25 cassette allows for a wide choice of gears. A lot lighter than older Centaur.
Weaknesses: The new rubber covers on the levers are slippery when wet (old design was stippled and works better). Stamped chainrings look ugly. Skeletonized brakes are a b*tch to clean.
I bought this groupset for my Ti bike build, I wanted something still compatible with my 10 speed Record and Shimergo bikes. The ONLY drawback to this groupset is the stamped chainrings. Prior Centaur cranks featured EPS machined chainrings and these are an improvement, although functionally there isn't all that much difference. Esthetically I think these stamped black chainrings on the carbon crank look terrible. Carbon version of levers and cranks look spectacular by comparison.
Strengths: The Campagnolo quality, great looks, predicted reliability, and price point. Oh yeah, and did I mention performance?
Weaknesses: It's not spelled "R-e-c-o-r-d". Lacks corrosion resistant finish and some other niceties of the higher Campy gruppos. Right side downshift a bit light.
I just picked up a Centaur equipped FP3 last week and put in a couple hundred kilometers so far.
My previous bike was a mid-70's steel lugged, campy record equipped Raleigh Pro so the 2009 Centaur gruppo was a real leap forward. The bike came with Most (FSA) crankset & BB, but otherwise full 2009 Centaur. The gruppo is performing admirably and I love the new ergo levers! The braking is excellent. I ride on the hoods a lot and find a finger or two on the top of the lever is plenty under most conditions. I have flat ergo bars, and with the ergo levers mounted high on the bar it creates a flat 'table' to rest my palms on comfortably with a smooth transition on and off the hoods. The "light" shifting hasn't bothered me, and it seems to shift cleanly even on the uphills under torque. Downshifting (to larger cog) with the right lever does take a little getting used to - not enough and the chain will slip back down - but I'm already adapting to this.
I originally wanted Chorus 11-spd, but the bike was only sold complete and Chorus was not an option. Having used Centaur a while, and comparing the tech specs, I'm beginning to think the differences between Chorus and Centaur may be many, but mainly minor. I find the upshifts very crisp on both sides, with no hesitation up and down the compact (50/34) chainrings. This groupset has adopted many features from past Record/Chorus models and all in all I'm very satisfied with Centaur performance. The Campagnolo quality, great looks, predicted reliability, and price point seem to make this groupset a winner.
Weaknesses: Almost no feedback from the right shifter on downshifts. The stamped big ring (53T) is loud (strange). At first, I thought the cage was rubbing...
10spd, 2009 Polished Set.
Coming from '96 Record, I was shocked at the quality of the group - the exception being the stamped Chainrings. Stiffer crank, rear der almost the same as the old record, fantastic brakes. In the forums, a member dismantled both Record 11 and the Centaur and found virtually no difference so I think they will wear just fine. No break-in time. Others have mentioned the light shift action and I would agree. I do miss the feedback from the old levers. I would like the more positive feel of the new 11spd groups, but not for the HUGE cost difference. This is as much as most riders will ever need or want. For most, overall score would be a 5, but I marked down for the stamped big ring and the light shift action on right downshift, only.
Hello! I have sent my stuff to the Campagnolo UK service centre, and they have completely restored my 9 - speed setup, that is from 1998.It is now upgradeable to 9 speed, although I was thinkig of buying a pair of Chorus 10 - speed shifters, the QS version.I now need a front derailleur for my non - ... Read More »
I hadn't realized until recently that Centaur is no more for 2015.
Veloce only in 10-speed now.
And if you want the 12-30 Centaur cassette, better hurry and buy as it's no longer listed. Looks like it is a 2014 item only.Read More »
While trying to find a new set of 10 sp shifters it looks like Veloce and Centaur are the only game in town. Yet they're basically the exact same thing.
Are there any other options except used?Read More »
So I realize there was some shuffling around of features since Athena, but I'm a little confused regarding these 2 cassettes. Centaur used to be all individual sprockets, then went to 2 on a carrier. Campy's website still says that the last two gears are on a carrier, but on Ribble's site they've re ... Read More »
No "VS" here. I have 2 wheelsets at home. One has a 95 Chorus hubset converted to 9/10 speed laced to Mavic OP Rims. The other a set of Daytona/Centuar hubs laced to a set of Ambrosia rims. The Ambrosia rims are a dead ringer for Mavic OPs. As nice looking as the Chorus hub are they don't seem to ha ... Read More »