A group of happy mechanics enjoyed the time nerding out on Campagnolo components, tools and the new MyCampy app. The brain trust in this photo is hard to overstate and conversations ranged from preferred lubes to derailleur hanger dimensions.

A group of happy mechanics enjoyed the time nerding out on Campagnolo components, tools and the new MyCampy app. The brain trust in this photo is hard to overstate and conversations ranged from preferred lubes to derailleur hanger dimensions (click to enlarge).​

On a beautiful April morning, on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado, a day perfect for cycling, a group of dedicated mechanics chose instead to head to a small meeting room at an area hotel. Campagnolo North America's Dan Large was in town to take them, and me, through the latest from the Italian parts manufacturer.

As part of increased efforts in education, Large came to Colorado to meet mechanics on their own turf. These efforts are mirrored all over the world, with Campagnolo recently hiring an education manager who is serializing the classes in Japan, Germany, France and elsewhere. The seminars are four hours long and give mechanics a chance to dive deep into the minutiae of Campagnolo's latest groups and technologies with an expert on hand.

Over the course of that April morning, Large walked the group through best practices for installing mechanical and EPS electronic groups, discussed preferred tools, explained Campagnolo bearing technologies, and even added in historical tidbits about the Italian firm. For instance, Tullio Campagnolo developed new ways to cast aluminum and magnesium, producing engine blocks for Ferrari, BMW, and Porsche. His work in magnesium led to the invention of "mag wheels," with Campagnolo selling off its motorcycle and automotive wheel company to Marchesini, a Brembo subsidiary that now makes magnesium wheels for MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycle racing. Campagnolo also worked with NASA in the late 1960s building magnesium satellite chassis.

Campagnolo's new MyCampy app allows EPS v3 electronic group users to adjust shifting, button layout, shift speed as well as help to monitor drivetrain, brake and wheel mileage.

Campagnolo's new MyCampy app allows EPS v3 electronic group users to adjust shifting, button layout, shift speed as well as help to monitor drivetrain, brake, and wheel mileage (click to enlarge).​

MyCampy App

In the 21st century, the latest innovation from Campagnolo is its new MyCampy app, which allows EPS v3 electronic drivetrain users to customize shift button function, shift patterns, and log mileage to help with maintenance. The application is both iOS and Android compatible and can link with a rider's Strava account. The app also integrates with Garmin 520 and 100 GPS units, giving riders gear indication and battery life on screen.

The third version of EPS involves a new wiring harness and battery. Part of that harness is the junction box, typically mounted under the stem, that houses the Bluetooth transmitter.

The third version of EPS involves a new wiring harness and battery. Part of that harness is the junction box, typically mounted under the stem, that houses the Bluetooth transmitter (click to enlarge).​

From a mechanic's perspective, the most interesting feature is perhaps the maintenance reminders that the app will send to its user, reminding them to clean their bike, install a new chain, or to check brake pads, among other prompts. For riders, the ability to assign button function, create custom shift profiles and adjust shift speed and power are all possibilities.

Here is a screen shot of the app (left) on an Android phone (the iOS version is very similar in appearance and identical in function). In this window, users can choose between shifting presets like Race (default) and adjust MultiShifting, allowing you to hold down a button and dump an entire cassette or to limit it to a preset number of cogs. When using a Garmin 1000 or 520 (right), using low energy Bluetooth, the EPS v3 stem unit will send battery life and current gear selection to the Garmin screen.

Screen shot of the app (left) on an Android phone (the iOS version is very similar in appearance and identical in function). In this window, users can choose between shifting presets like Race (default) and adjust MultiShifting, allowing you to hold down a button and dump an entire cassette or to limit it to a preset number of cogs. When using a Garmin 1000 or 520 (right), using low energy Bluetooth, the EPS v3 stem unit will send battery life and current gear selection to the Garmin screen (click to enlarge).​

Using MyCampy riders can use default settings, a selection of preset modes, or dive deep and customize to their heart's content. Sprint mode is an attractive one, with the buttons behind the brake levers shifting the rear derailleur (typically right side for a harder gear [smaller cog], left side for an easier gear [larger cog]). The thumb buttons, on the inside of the lever body, then control the front derailleur. For riders with disabilities or injured cyclists, it is also possible to control both derailleurs with a single shifter, using the Mode button for the front derailleur and the normal shift buttons for the rear derailleur.

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By building a digital "garage" of Campy components, MyCampy can monitor mileage on chains, cassettes, wheels, etc. Prompts will tell you when it's time to head to your shop for replacement, as well as send reminders to clean your bike (click to enlarge).​

Another new feature is Shift Assist. When activated, it performs a rear shift to accompany a front derailleur change, making the overall gear change a smaller one. Using the app, you can program the number of "recovery" shifts that are performed, from one to three cogs. This is something similar to what Shimano did with its XTR Di2 and Synchro Shift, though not a full sequential shift mode just yet.

Under the app's Shift Setting, users can adjust the amount of power the motors in the derailleurs deliver during a shift. With deep section wheels and the large, hollow tubes of a carbon race bike, the sound of electronic shifting can be magnified. Using the Soft setting will quiet shift noise, increase battery life, and potentially decrease wear on drivetrain parts. It's also nice for those sneak attacks on your lunch ride.

Whether using the app on your Android or iOS phone a rider can see the amount of time spent in each gear, number of shifts and more. This information can be used to optimize gearing for your local rides.

Whether using the app on your Android or iOS phone a rider can see the amount of time spent in each gear, number of shifts and more. This information can be used to optimize gearing for your local rides (click to enlarge).​

The app has more possibilities that I could possibly cover here, but suffice it to say that the integration and ease of use of the MyCampy app takes Campagnolo's EPS to the next level.

With Potenza, Campagnolo now offers an 11-32 cassette option. It is compatible with other Campy groups when using the accompany derailleur with its longer cage.

With Potenza, Campagnolo now offers an 11-32 cassette option. It is compatible with other Campy groups when using the accompany derailleur with its longer cage (click to enlarge).​

Potenza

For lovers of cables and housing, Campagnolo also showed off its latest component group, Potenza. The new collection offers the largest road cassette in the company's history, an 11-32. The rear derailleur uses a longer cage to accommodate the lower gearing and the entire group comes in at a price point that will please consumers on a budget who lust after Italian parts. It is also cross-compatible with other Campy groups, meaning riders looking for lower climbing gears can use the Potenza rear derailleur and cassette to ease the strain of uphill efforts.

Shown here on a bike, the UT-FD020 is easy to use and helps to ensure ideal shifting.

Shown here on a bike, the UT-FD020 is easy to use and helps to ensure smooth shifting (click to enlarge).​

Clever Tool

Among the tools discussed was Campagnolo's UT-FD020, used when installing front derailleurs. Sold as a pair of tools, one is for 50-tooth large chainrings, the other for 52 and 53-tooth rings. Before installing a chain (or with the chain on the small ring) a mechanic sets the tool on the top of the large chainring and then rests the front derailleur on top of the tool. This creates an appropriate gap vertically between the chainring and the front derailleur while also aligning the derailleur parallel to the plane of the chainrings. Once aligned on top of the tool, the mechanic torques the front derailleur to spec. Made of plastic, they're a clever way to speed up front derailleur installations.

Education Matters

Campagnolo's increased effort to educate mechanics is a great initiative. Armed with knowledge and firsthand experience, the ride experience aboard a Campy bike will be better. This can only help a shop's reputation, creating happier customers and ultimately help Campagnolo in the long run.