Project Bike: Campagnolo EPS

August 20, 2012

in Bikes, Product Design

We’ve finally assembled Seven Cycles’ first Campagnolo EPS test bike today.  We’ve designed a number of EPS frames to Campy’s spec but this is the first bike we’re actually testing.

The bike is a Diamas S with a full Campy kit.  We have a very generous customer that’s letting us abuse assemble his bike.  Maiden voyage tomorrow.  Some nice features to the kit.  I’m looking forward to a full report.  Wish I was going to ride it.  I have a Dura Ace electronic 11-speed bike in the queue so I’ll have to wait for that.  We’ll see how DA11 works in cold weather.

The Campy EPS is interesting.  I like it more than I thought I might.

  • Hold the lever and it will shift smoothly through all the gears – up or down.
  • The thumb shifter is a lot nicer than previous versions:  in placement, feel, and egronomics with the brake hood.  Much lighter touch and it feels more like part of the brake hood rather than a cantilevered penny.
  • The finger paddle feels like a shifter, not like a button – as with the DA system.

Thank you to Karl B. and Bryan H. for setting up the bike.

More thoughts to come.

 

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