Now this would be really a great thing.
2003--Is Campagnolo going back to the off-road market? The Cycling News web site ( www.cyclingnews.com
) is reporting that Campagnolo will introduce a new off-road gruppo ni 2004. Named "Diablo," the gruppo could be joined by an electronic-shifting OR group called "Radio." Here is the story from Cycling News--check it out at their web site at http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/?id=200 ... apr01news1
Campagnolo to return to the dirt
By Paul Mirtschin Devillishly fast
Photo: © CN
It looks like 2004 will be a bumper year for the mountain bike community, with news that Campagnolo will be returning to the dirt with a new downhill/freeride group next year.
To be sold under the "Diablo" moniker, the group is aimed squarely at Shimano's new "Saint" group, bringing back the Shimano/Campagnolo market wars of the early 1990's that saw mountain bikers ducking for cover and hoping that their component group was the victor.
So far, we have only seen the rear derailleur (RD-01/02/03OR) and cranks (FC-01CSOR), but sources inside Campagnolo have told Cyclingnews that a full group will be available by the end of the year, including a choice of either trigger shifters or indexed brake/shifters.
When contacted by Cyclingnews, Toni Mansho from Campagnolo refused to confirm nor deny that the group even existed, but a number of European manufacturers have told us that they have already placed orders for the group, and one major Taiwanese company is looking at the group for placement on their upper-end bikes, and for possible use by their professional team.
Sources inside Campagnolo have also said that they are working on a lightweight electronic cross-country group under the name of "Radio".