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Campagnolo updates EPS and introduces 'My Campy'

Peter Stuart
18 Mar 2016

Campag evolves its electronic EPS system with computer and smartphone integration and customisation

Amid Campag’s news of the new Potenza groupset and teases of new disc brake compatibility, it may be easy to miss that Campag has revamped its electronic shifting systems. Having rolled out upgrades year to year, this system is not visibly different to the last iteration, but beneath the skin the software has stepped on significantly. 

EPS (Electronic Power Shift) has been updated with Bluetooth and ANT+ compatibility within the Interface (what Shimano might call the control box), meaning that chain position, battery life and firmware versions can all be displayed on a cycling computer or smartphone. Specifically, Garmin has updated its new computers to display gear position in real time while riding.

A host of shifting shortcuts and customisations have also been introduced – including ‘multishift’, ‘shift assist’ and a choice between hard and normal shifts can be made to the system.

The ‘shift assist’ tool compensates for shifts in the front chainring, adjusting the position of the rear derailleur to create a smaller jump in gearing. The system has three preset options – Race, Sport and Comfort. Comfort offers the highest degree of shift assistance, moving two gears with the rear shifter every time the front derailleur shifts. Sport offers subtler assistance, moving only one gear to compensate for shift between the large and small chainring. Race, alternatively, does not use shift assist on the assumption that racers may seek a dramatic shift in speed.

The EPS update does offer an informative and immersive level of data. Using the MyCampy app, which can be downloaded by any rider on any drivetrain to monitor general wear, Campag EPS will offer analysis of shifting patterns and suggestions to optimise gearing. The system will be able to instruct you that you may be cross-chaining, and can recommend a more or less compact chainset if power, cadence and gearing are not acting in harmony. ‘I believe it's opening up a whole new world of analytics,’ explains Lorenzo Taxis, Global Marketing Director for Campagnolo.

As things stand, this is the only electronic shifting system with this level of feedback and information as standard, although some third parties have developed add-ons for Shimano Di2 to create similar metrics. Interestingly, Campag has submitted a patent for automatic shifting based on heartrate, cadence and power, and we suspect that shift assist may be a step toward that eventual technology.

The MyCampy app is free for all to download, and the EPS V3 updates will be retrofittable to current EPS systems with a new Interface and battery.

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