Did we simply get a sneak peek on the subsequent technology of Campagnolo Tremendous Document EPS? And can it’s wi-fi? Rumors persist, however the brand new Colnago TT1 time trial bikes of the UAE group definitely reveal one thing that’s been lacking because the debut of Campy’s Motion 12 – a set of hydraulic disc brake time trial levers with 12-speed shifters…
Campagnolo Tremendous Document EPS 12sp time trial brakes
You see, though Tadej Pogačar might have gained the final two editions of the Tour de France on Colnago’s V3R aero street bikes with Campy Tremendous Document EPS 12 groupsets, his Ok.One time trial bikes nonetheless had built-in mechanical brakes and have been nonetheless working 11-speed EPS from the earlier technology when rim brakes have been nonetheless a factor.
As a result of, though Campy formally supplied an digital 12-speed time trial setup for mechanical-pull rim brakes (solely barely tweaked & relabeled since their 11sp debut), there was not but a set of TT levers to make use of with hydraulic disc brakes.
And lots of riders nonetheless on rim brake TT bikes like Pogačar & the UAE group, merely caught with the 11-speed technology of EPS.
It appears odd that within the three years since Campagnolo upgraded EPS to 12-speed to outfit their skilled street groups for racing, these are the primary hydraulic disc TT levers we’ve seen. Identical to the 12sp rim brake variations, these new 12sp disc brake TT levers plug instantly into the forward-facing opening of an aero time trial basebar, and home the EPS digital shifting mechanism inboard virtually utterly individually.
From the seems of a visual bolt & clamping mechanism on the bar (above), the shifter and brake lever meeting might even be utterly unbiased, permitting TT racers to combine & match their shifting & braking setups.
The carbon Tremendous Document brake lever form seems fairly much like the rim brake model, but with a lever pivot level farther from the bar, optimized for the decreased leverage wanted to actuate the hydraulic cylinder contained in the bigger physique of the brake. Primarily based on the scale of the physique, all hydraulics do seem like exterior, and in entrance of the bar finish.
From the highest, it’s much more apparent that the EPS shift meeting and its built-in clamp (lighter shade composite, above) are unbiased of the brake lever physique. The shift pod & buttons additionally seem like equivalent to these of the present Campagnolo Tremendous Document EPS 12 rim brake TT levers.
On the tip of the aero extensions up prime, we nonetheless see the identical stubby EPS bar finish controls which launched for the 2013 racing season.
What’s subsequent? Wi-fi EPS?
The query stays whether or not these new hydraulic disc brake, digital shift time trial controls are a sneak peek at an all-new Campagnolo Tremendous Document EPS groupset (which primarily based on earlier growth schedules would make sense)? After which, whether or not the following EPS could be wi-fi, and even 13-speed to reap the benefits of Campagnolo’s shift to their new N3W freehub commonplace?
A detailed have a look at the unwrapped Colnago TT1 bar of their wind tunnel match testing solely exhibits one seen line popping out of every lever physique. However realistically, the hydraulic brake line routes instantly into the tip of the bar, and the group’s race bikes nonetheless have present technology wired Tremendous Document EPS 12 derailleurs. So we assume these EPS pods are nonetheless wired.
However the modular mounting does help the concept wi-fi EPS modules may very well be swapped in for a straightforward future improve within the very close to future? Campy has been teasing us! And there are a ton of new patents floating round. Perhaps, in time for the Tour?