I’ll start this off by stating I’m a big Campag fan. But following a conversation at the LBS this afternoon, and some personal reflections, I’m not optimistic about their future. Let me explain.
The shop in question is (was) a Campag specialist, and (largely) builds up bikes from framesets, sometimes on spec, sometimes to order. Increasingly, there’s hardly any non-Shimano or SRAM on show. I asked why, and got the glum response ‘nobody buys Campag anymore’. The owner also made the point that SRAM (and now Shimano too, with the new Ultegra) are focusing on pushing electric drivetrains at lower and lower pricepoints, while Campag actually removed the EPS option from Chorus and Record in the current editions. Finally, he said that they (the shop) can sell Rival AXS as fast as they can get their hands on it, and they sold out of their first allocation of the new Ultegra Di2 within a few days of announcing it for pre-order. Meanwhile, they still have full Record and Chorus groupsets available to buy (admittedly in rim). Ekar has apparently been a bit of a flop, too.
So with all this, it did make me a bit gloomy. Personally, I love Campag stuff, and I like mechanical, but I do wonder if the tide has turned so far in the other direction that they just won’t keep up.
What do you think?