Posted on | January 15, 2009 | No Comments
There seems to be a decent size market for very expensive lugged steel bikes. The better American builders have waiting lists years long and venerable names like DeRosa and Colnago are turning out pricey lugged steel frames. Seeing as Campagnolo has retreated to the upper reaches of the high end of the market I’m a bit surprised they should leave this well heeled group to scrounge around eBay looking for NOS components.
Why not bring back the Corsa-Record name? Not a retro re-issue of the old C-Record line – a modern Record level engraved and polished alloy gruppo with all the latest tech and forged aluminum alloys but minus the carbon fiber.
A compact double crankset with a choice of 48 – 46- 42 and 36 – 34 polished rings for customers who won’t be riding in the Tour and an nice and shiny alloy rear derailleur.
Long reach brakes that can fit 28c to 32c tires with fenders.
Brifters in black and a honey/gum color hood option to match those Brooks honey colored saddles and shellacked cotton or cork tape. Now that Campagnolo has resurrected the Super Record name for racers and would be racers who can afford the same kit as the pros why not bring back C-Record in a way that would appeal to the retro-grouch with means? Something that would fit right in with his merino wool kit and custom lugged steel bicycle.
All the above images are photoshop altered images of current Campy kit. I’m sure if Campagnolo gave it more then the 2 hours I did they could come up with something worthy of the C-Record name which were some of the most beautiful bicycle components ever built.
Campagnolo has now released the Athena 11 gruppo which is available in all alloy [ except the brifter levers !!! ]. For less then half the price and a few more ounces then Super Record, Athena provides a very high performance alloy alternative. Now if they made a run of Athena 11 minus the boy racer graphics, the carbon wrap on the alloy levers and with just some laser engraved Campagnolo shields for graphics you would have an understated beautiful modern shiny silver gruppo that outperforms the old C-Record by quite a bit.
All that is missing are long reach brakes. Long caliper arms and side pulls are not a great combo. My photoshopped long arm sidepulls would probably be way to flexy unless they had really massive arms. A svelte light forged Campagnolo centerpull similar to the Paul Racer (which are updated versions of the MAFAC centerpulls) would be perfect.