Finally seen in person, the rumored Athena 11 Speed groupset is real. RoadBikeReview forum member Kwantani snapped a few pictures of the newest 11 speed groupset in the wild tonight. Looks like the levers get the carbon treatment, while the rest of the kit is silver alloy. We're assuming Athena will be the "entry" level into 11 speed for the upcoming season, though this has not been confirmed. Neither has a release date. But stay tuned... we'll find out. Confirmed now for release in Fall of '09. Athena will in fact be the entry level into Campy 11 for 2010. We're also told that the levers are basically alloy Centaur levers wrapped in thin carbon. If that's so, we're hoping there will be an option of carbon or silver for the levers.
What do you think of the new groupset, let us know by leaving a comment. Questions for Campagnolo? Ask in the comments, and we'll see what we can get answered.
pictures courtesy of Kwantani