As I've been looking at the state of modern bicycle components, pointing out the bloated, swollen proportions of today's cranks and derailleurs, it might have been noticed that I generally avoided criticism of the designs from Campagnolo -- and in fact, even noted the Veloce group as having one of the nicest-looking current-model derailleurs (at least in its silver version). Campy's Veloce (for 10-speed) and Athena (for 11-speed) are both still available in aluminum with nice-looking polished or anodized silver finishes. The cranks bear a familiar look to those who remember the smooth aero design of the mid-80s C-Record, though the vintage versions were a bit more svelte than the current ones.
Well, if the spy photos released on BikeRadar last week are any indication, things from Vicenza are about to get ugly.
At the Giro d'Italia, a rider for the Europcar team was reportedly sporting some prototype equipment from Campagnolo, and while it didn't bear any logos, it is believed that the new parts will eventually bear the Record name. Both the crank and rear derailleur make a complete departure in design from the current offerings. Take a look: