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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Campagnolo: Optimum Artechnology

Established in Vicenza in 1933 by Commendatore Tullio Campagnolo, the storied Campagnolo company is considered to be the most prestigious standard in hand crafted, high-performance bicycle racing components. Along the way, Campagnolo has distinguished itself by providing the cycling world with innovations and ideas that has revolutionized the sport.
Three fundamental concepts have come to characterise the company: "performance, technological innovation, and quality of products and services."

Campagnolo's expertise is not restricted to bicycles. It has expanded into other areas including manufacturing and building superlight magnesium wheels for cars (including Maserati and Alfa Romero) and satellite chassis for NASA.

The utilization (and perfection) of prime-quality materials such as carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium alloys has set Campagnolo apart. From its website, " And it is precisely in the carbon-fibre sector that Campagnolo, after dominating the aluminium world for decades, has now decided to make a name for itself with applications that were previously deemed unthinkable for the cycling market. It therefore comes as no surprise that the Composites Department, launched in 1998, currently employs one third of Campagnolo’s employees. Products in carbon fibre are constantly being created as a glance at the 2008 collection reveals: cranksets, front and rear derailleurs, integrated controls, headsets, seatposts, bottle cages and high and low-profile wheels all made from carbon fibre."

For a list of Campagnolo milestones including the "quick release" concept, derailleurs and Ergopower gear systems please follow the link to its official website.

In the 21st century, Campagnolo retains its unique Italian character in a highly competitive globalized world.

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