Campagnolo came to show their new internal battery system for the EPS group. Those two nuts you see in the battery above allow small screws to go in through a frame’s water bottle bosses and secure the battery. The screws are threaded on both ends so that you can still mount a water bottle. I’ll admit that at first I though that even though the battery was slim, I figured it would only be mounted in the seat tube, the exception being larger frames. Surprisingly, Campy’s tech guru Dan Large showed me that he could slip the battery into the down tube of even small frames.
Campy’s engineers devised an ingenious system of cables ending in magnets to capture the cables and feed them through the frame. I recall how challenging we used to find just routing a brake cable through a top tube if there wasn’t a guide and I’d conclude this battery system all but impossible to install without the guides from Campy.
For seat tube installations, there’s a threaded rod that allow the installer to lower the battery into the seat tube and hold it in position until the first screw can be inserted.
To charge the battery, the installer drills a small hole in the frame and the charging port is mounted. The cable for the charging port is long enough to give the installer a fair amount of latitude on just where the port is positioned.
Also on display was Campy’s new Over Torque crankset, which was announced last fall. Rather than using a split spindle, the Over Torque now uses a one-piece titanium spindle. The new crank is really mean to address the proliferation of new bottom bracket standards. using different adapter cups, it will work with BB30, BB386 and PF30
The Over Torque crank moves the bearings as far outboard as the spindle will allow. It’s available in two versions, the Ultra Comp and the Camp 1. The Ultra Comp is said to drop of 54 grams from the crank (for a claimed weight of 563g) as well as offer a five percent increase in stiffness.
Vision was on hand to show a number of additions to their product line, including this bar, a variation on FSA’s popular K-Wing design. Despite my regard for this bar, I had to ask the guys a fairly elemental question: What’s the difference? As it turns out, there are a few notable differences between the two bars. The first, biggest distinction is the effort on the part of Vision to clarify its position in the market. Previously, Vision was strictly a triathlon line; it is being transitioned into a line that encompasses all aerodynamic race-quality components. FSA’s K-Force line will remain the lightweight stuff, parts that won’t offer the same level of stiffness as those from Vision.
Like the K-Wing compact, the Metron 4D bar has an 80mm reach and 125mm drop. However, this bar offers a five degree forward sweep as well as a slight outward bend in the drop to make the reach to the brake levers easier.