A history of Campagnolo from 1901 to 1987.
August 26th, Gentullio (Tullio) Campagnolo is born to Valentino Campagnolo and Elisa Paiusco in Vicenza.
Tullio Campagnolo begins his amateur racing career (with Veloce Club Vicenza on a Cicli Aliprandi) that lasts until 1930.
November 11th, Tullio Campagnolo's frozen hands can't loosen the wingnuts of his wheel to flip it over to a different sprocket during the Gran Premio della Vittoria race across snowy Croce d'Aune Pass (he finishes fourth). "Bisogna cambià qualcossa de drio."... "Something needs to be changed in the rear." He vows to invent a product that will eliminate this problem: the creation of galletti automatici... automated wingnuts or, as we now know it, the quick release.
February 8th, the quick release hub is patented, the first of more than 135 patents for Tullio Campagnolo.
After fabricating parts in the backroom of his father's hardware store (Corsa Padova 101, Vincenza), Tullio starts Campagnolo, S.r.l. with the production of the quick release hub. The sliding hub, dual seatstay rod operated, back pedal derailleur (cambio prototype) is patented on May 4th and introduced in August. The pieces of the prototype derailleur are all handmade requiring a massive investment of time and labor. The prototype axle has 18 teeth instead of the 8 teeth of the final version and the dropout has 40 teeth instead of the 17 teeth of the final version. Fratelli Brivio of Brescia (F.B.) becomes the subcontractor for the parts and supplier of the three-piece (steel barrel with aluminum flanges) hubs. Later, the official corporate name becomes Campagnolo Brevetti Internazionali SpA (translation: Campagnolo International Patents Incorporated).
Cambio a bacchetta (translation: rod changer) or Cambio "CAMPAGNOLO" is the name used for sliding hub, dual seatstay rod operated, back pedal derailleur. The pre-WWII version is a 3-speed using a 1/8 inch chain. The slogan becomes "Senza attriti e senza rumore" (i.e., Friction-free and noise-free). The first advertisement for the Cambio "CAMPAGNOLO" appears in Gazzetta dello Sport.
Tullio Campagnolo hires his first fulltime employee, Enrico Piccolo.
A single page flyer is printed.
The first official Campagnolo logo: the winged wheel highlighting the quick release, a component that remains today the universal standard.
The Cambio Corsa (translation: race changer) is the new name for sliding hub, dual seatstay rod operated, back pedal derailleur; later referred to in Italian as the due leve (translation: two lever) when the una leve (translation: single lever) race changer is introduced in 1949. Two versions of the Cambio Corsa derailleur are available: the short lever Corsa and the long lever Sport. The quick release nut is the original rounded screw head version. On January 12, the Campagnolo winged wheel with quick release logo with the words "Cambio Campagnolo" is registered.
The beginning of the export of parts. Photo of company excursion (company picnic?) pictures 37 employees.
Campagnolo's first foreign plant (assembling and finishing) is built in Cognin, France; the quick release lever is stamped "Brevet France". F.B. and Campagnolo shared a small production facility in Cognin, France in 1948 to service the French market given restrictive import tariffs of the time. The company logo, the winged wheel, is modified with the dropping of "cambio" (translation: changer) and redesigning the wing and quick-release.
Gino Bartali wins the 1948 Tour de France in July using a Cambio Corsa derailleur.
The Tipo Paris-Roubaix sliding hub, single seatstay rod operated, back pedal derailleur is introduced; originally referred to in Italian as the "una leva" (translation: single lever) until renamed in honor of Coppi's April 1950 Paris-Roubaix victory. The quick release nut is now the oval-ring version. The Gran Sport twin cable, parallelogram rear derailleur prototype is shown at the Milan Show in the Fall; it is believed that ten prototypes were made.
Campagnolo employs 123 workers. The Gran Sport single cable, parallelogram rear derailleur prototype is shown at the Fall trade shows.
Fausto Coppi wins Paris-Roubaix in April using the Paris-Roubaix derailleur.
The Gran Sport single cable, parallelogram rear derailleur (chromed bronze, large chromed mounting bolt and pivot bolt and holes in pulleys, set screw-style cable clamp, and "B" adjusting screw for changing derailleur mounting angle that is eliminated by the next year) paired with bar-end shift levers (chromed bronze, then aluminum) without rubber covers and Gran Sport sliding rod, cable operated front derailleur are introduced, along with conventional small flange three-piece hubs (alloy flanges pressed onto a steel barrel and D-ring type quick release nuts). A forged dropout with integral Gran Sport derailleur hanger is introduced that measures 6mm thick with 4mm adjusting screw and derailleur stop at 4 o'clock; easily identified by bulge formed around adjusting screw. Later the same year a new forged dropout is introduced that measures 7mm thick with 4mm adjusting screw and derailleur stop at 7 o'clock (no Sport derailleur spring hole).
Hugo Koblet wins the 1951 Tour de France in July using Gran Sport derailleurs paired with Gran Sport bar-end shifters. Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali also racing with same set up (only six Gran Sport derailleurs available for their TdF debut).
Catalog, non-numbered. Has both Cognin, France and Vincenza, Italy addresses on cover. Printed for year-end trade shows. Included are the Cambio Corsa, Tipo Paris-Roubaix, Gran Sport front and rear derailleurs, Sport front derailleur (no rear version), bar end shifters (no rubber covers) and downtube shift levers (twin band clamp, hexhead bolt friction adjuster, full length cable housing and braze on version shown), small flange three-piece hubs (alloy flanges pressed onto a steel barrel, QRs with "D" ring), Cambio Corsa/Paris-Roubaix toothed dropouts, Cambio Corsa/ Paris-Roubaix with integral derailleur hanger, Gran Sport dropouts with adjusters, Sport dropouts, "H" tool, dishing tool, freewheel remover, cone wrenches and a fixture that accurately locates the toothed dropouts during frame building.
The Gran Sport Extra rear derailleur is introduced (changed body, large chromed mounting bolt and pivot bolt, holes in pulleys, extended horn shape to the outside pulley cage frame and revised cable clamp) along with the Sport single pulley rear derailleur. The Gran Sport three-piece (steel barrel with aluminum flanges) hubs are now made by Campagnolo instead of F.B. (Fratelli Brivio), identifiable by curved flange ends instead of the previous flat flange ends that FB used. The Gran Sport down-tube shift levers are changed to single band clamp with flat-head screw friction adjusters, open cable without housing ("D" ring friction adjuster screw offered as option). A new forged dropout is introduced that measures 7mm thick with 3mm adjusting screw, a derailleur stop at 7 o'clock and a spring hole for mounting the Sport derailleur.
Fausto Coppi wins the 1952 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France using Gran Sport Extra derailleur.
Catalog, non-numbered. Printed for year-end trade shows. As per 1951 Catalog with the addition of the Gran Sport Extra rear derailleur and the Sport single pulley rear derailleur.
Large flange, 3-piece track hubs with curved-lever quick releases shown in the July 25th issue of Le Cycle magazine.
In August the definitive Gran Sport rear derailleur (third generation of Gran Sport) is introduced: changed body, pulley cage reverts to first version, no holes in pulleys, smaller black-oxide mounting bolt and pivot bolt, 5mm spring cover (was 3.5mm) and back of body marked "14-26 denti" indicating usable freewheel size. Large flange three-piece hubs (alloy flanges pressed onto a steel barrel) are introduced. The famous Campagnolo script over the globe logo which dates back to the forties is registered.
Fausto Coppi wins the 1953 Lugano World Professional Road Race using Gran Sport derailleurs.
Catalog #12. First numbered catalog. Printed for the year-end trade shows. Included are the Cambio Corsa, Paris-Roubaix, Gran Sport and Sport rear derailleurs, Gran Sport and Sport front derailleurs, bar end shifters with rubber covers, downtube shifters (single band and braze-on versions), brake cable clips, hubs (small and large flange three-piece, QRs with "D" ring), Gran Sport dropouts with adjusters, Sport dropouts, Cambio Corsa/Paris-Roubaix toothed dropouts, Cambio Corsa/Paris-Roubaix toothed dropouts with integral derailleur hanger, pump heads and holder, "H" tool, dishing tool, freewheel remover and cone wrenches.
The Competition low-cost derailleur is introduced at the year-end Milan trade show.
Catalog #13. Printed for the year-end trade shows. As per Catalog #12 with the addition of the "T" wrench, derailleur hanger alignment tool and a braze-on rear derailleur cable guide (#663) for bottom bracket shell. Note that there is no corresponding braze-on front derailleur cable guide till 1968.
At the year-end Milan trade show a micro-adjust, two-bolt seat post (steel post and head brazed together) with a zero offset head is shown. Since it has the ears at the front and back of the post let's call it the Alfred E. Newman seat post. Within a few months it is replaced with the iconic two-bolt seat post (separate steel post and head brazed together) with the offset head.
The Gran Sport pedal is introduced; steel quill with strap loop and small triangular cutout in end of quill, 10mm length thread for steel cranks and rubber "O" ring. Daniel Rebour exploded-view drawing of headset appears in July TdF issue of Le Cycle magazine. In July a headset and a micro-adjust, two bolt seat post (steel post and head brazed together), along with a seat positioning/leveling tool (maintains saddle position when changing seat post) are introduced, followed in August by the Gran Sport rear derailleur with the lower body and outer cage revised (elimination of three of original six spring tension adjustment holes) and an 8mm spring cover (was 5mm).
Gran Sport pedal triangular cutout in quill end eliminated.
The iconic Record 5-pin cotterless crankset is introduced; 151mm bolt circle, 44 tooth minimum chainring, pedal hole dust caps, relieved spider and raised pedal lip. The Gran Sport "con denti" (with teeth) track pedal is introduced; aluminum cage plates, 10mm length thread for steel cranks and rubber "O" ring. Also introduced are the Record one-piece alloy, small and large flange hubs (oval holes in flanges, oil hole clip and open "C" on quick release lever) and the seat post introduced in 1956 now has a narrow cradle version to work with the Brooks B17 "Mod. Campagnolo" narrow-railed saddle that has twice the range of fore and aft adjustability. A patent is granted on hollow chainring bolts with Allen key hole and crank bolt cover with Allen key hole.
Record crank pedal hole dust cap is eliminated and Gran Sport road and track pedal thread length changed to 12mm for aluminum cranks from 10mm for steel cranks, rubber "O" ring replaced with rifling on spindle.
A period of great expansion for Campagnolo! Campagnolo employs 300 workers. Inventing and patenting car and motorcycle hydraulic and cable operated disc brake components is undertaken. The Record parallelogram front derailleur is introduced (arms are chrome-plated bronze; later changed to aluminum). Around this time the Gran Sport rear derailleur has its cable tension adjustment screw eliminated and the pulley cage stop screw is countersunk into the lower body. The relieved spider of the Record crank is eliminated. Low-cost steel pedal (rebranded Way-Assauto mod. Zenith Corsa 18 Extra Lusso).
Catalog #14. Printed for the year-end trade shows. Included are the Record road and track groups comprising Record cotterless crankset (151mm bolt circle) and Gran Sport bottom bracket, small and large flange Record alloy one-piece hubs, seat post (now all alloy), Gran Sport headset, Record front derailleur, Gran Sport rear derailleur, Gran Sport pedals. Also in the catalog are the Gran Sport Group (includes Record front derailleur), Sport Group, Gran Sport cottered bottom bracket (note that there is no accompanying cottered crankset), Gran Sport track pedal with and without teeth, wood-boxed tool set, the Saddle-Line alignment tool and the Acciaio (steel) small flange hubs.
In July a revised Gran Sport rear derailleur is introduced with a 10mm spring cover (was 8mm) to improve shifting on six-speed freewheels. Note that six-speed freewheels are not commonplace until the mid-1970s! Next generation Record headset with flat, non-domed, top lock nut, channel for lettering and plain keyed washer. Strada triple and Cyclocross cranksets, Sportman low-cost rear derailleur and Sportman medium flange hub with round holes are introduced. Campagnolo opens a factory in Bologna to manufacture superlight magnesium wheels for autos and motorcycles, as well as lightweight military and aerospace parts. Campagnolo becomes the first company in the world to use low-pressure magnesium casting, revolutionizing the use of this material.
At the October Paris bicycle fair the Record rear derailleur (chrome plated bronze) is introduced. This has a revised cage shape with the pivot behind and closer to the jockey pulley and center punched rivets; it is designed to be able to shift the new six-speed Regina freewheel and back of body is marked "13-36" for usable freewheel size (in reality, a 13-28 freewheel is the maximum). Note that six-speed freewheels don't come into common usage till the mid-late seventies.
The Turismo low-cost rear derailleur is introduced; identical to the earlier Gran Sport rear derailleur, but with a cheaper stamped-steel pulley cage substituted for the original cast-steel pulley cage. The raised-lip around the pedal hole of the Record crank is eliminated. Campagnolo manufactures Bivalent hub for Cino Cinelli (patented by Petrosemolo and Rimedio); first version is "three-piece" style with steel barrel and alloy flanges and threaded-on steel ring with splines that mate with a matching splined Regina freewheel that remains attached to the frame when the wheel is removed. The Bivalent hub equipped wheel can be used for either front or rear placement.
110 out of 130 cyclists in the 1963 Tour de France are equipped with a Campagnolo derailleur.
Introduced in October, the Record bottom bracket marked "CON SFERE DA 3/16" using 3/16" balls instead of typical 1/4" balls. The races are pressed onto the spindle rather than machined directly on the spindle itself. Neither the cups nor spindle are interchangeable with bottom bracket components designed for 1/4" balls. Made for one year. A new wider base clamp design for the cable guides and down tube shifters along with thicker down tube shift levers with open "C" changed to closed "C". The word "Record" is added to the hub barrels and open "C" on quick release lever changed to closed "C". Thicker heads on seat post adjusting bolts. The low-cost "CAMPAGNOLO" model derailleur, an economy version of the Gran Sport derailleur (cadmium plate body and black oxide finish on pulley cage with the word "CAMPAGNOLO" on body), and also the low-cost Sportman rear derailleur are introduced. Record front derailleur has slot added to cable stop.
The Valentino low-cost rear derailleur is introduced along with the Valentino low-cost front derailleur and obscure large flange track hubs with curved lever quick releases. Curved QR lever first appears eleven years earlier as Daniel Rebour drawing in an issue of Le Cycle magazine dated 25th of July, 1953!
The Record rear derailleur (chrome plated bronze) has the no-teeth steel pulleys with ball-bearings replaced with plastic pulleys with ten teeth and plain bronze sleeve bearings.
The Record crankset is changed to a 144mm bolt circle (41 tooth minimum chainring) from the previous 151mm bolt circle (44 tooth minimum chainring), initially referred to as the "Special Record" crankset and doesn't appear in Catalog #15. The Sport low-cost hubset (large and small flange all steel hub) is introduced in January. Patent granted for self-centering wine bottle opener in the shape of a bell (lever pivots are the patented hollow chainring bolts).
Nuovo Record alloy rear derailleur (ten tooth pulleys and then later, nine tooth pulleys) is introduced along with new style clamp-on bottom bracket cable guide (open cable run to front derailleur) and cable housing stop eliminated from Record front derailleur (chrome-plated bronze arms and then aluminum arms).
Catalog #15. Printed for the year-end trade shows. Included for the Record group is the Nuovo Record alloy rear derailleur (ten tooth pulleys and then later, nine tooth pulleys) and the Nuovo Record bottom bracket (rifled axle aperture cups). Also the triple chainring crank and cyclocross flanged-chainring crank, the Nuovo Tipo small and large flange hubs (round holes in flanges, no oil hole and stamped steel races), Record pedals (name change), a new Record headset, the Valentino group, pedal spanner (15-16-17mm multiple head), portable repair stand, and the obscure large flange track hubs with curved lever quick releases. Valentino Super and Nuovo Sport low-cost derailleurs are introduced. New style clamp-on bottom bracket cable guide (open cable run to front derailleur) and cable housing stop eliminated from Record front derailleur (chrome-plated bronze arms and then aluminum arms).
Campagnolo manufactures Bivalent hub (second version) for Cino Cinelli, a one-piece alloy shell with threaded-on steel cap with splines instead of threaded-on steel ring with spines for engaging the splined freewheel is produced in a limited run of one or two years.
The Record brakeset, Superleggeri pedals (non-anodized aluminum cages, later to be black anodized) and Valentino Extra low-cost rear derailleur are introduced at the Paris trade show in October.
Catalog #16. Printed for the year-end trade shows. As per Catalog #15, but with the addition of the Record brakeset (making a complete group for the first time), Record crankset with 144mm bolt circle (previously 151mm bolt circle), Sport Extra low-cost rear derailleur, elimination of Record "con denti" track pedals with teeth and last showing of rear dropout with hole for spring of Sport derailleur. Braze-on front derailleur cable guide (#626/B) is paired with the braze-on rear derailleur cable guide (#663) that was introduced in 1955.
The steel Gran Turismo rear derailleur is introduced. Record headset lower cup stamped with C in diamond shape; the stamped C disappears in mid-1970s. Campagnolo manufactures Cinelli Mod. M71 clipless pedal for Cino Cinelli.
Catalog #16 Supplement. Printed in November for the year-end trade shows. Included are the Superleggeri pedals (black anodized aluminum cages), Superleggero seat post (no fluting, thinner wall and small bevel at top of shaft, drilled pivot, originally with engraved graduated scale), dropouts without eyelets or hole for spring of Sport derailleur and plastic Superleggeri pumphead are introduced. Also the patented toothed washer (rondella dentata) for the Record sidepull brakes, along with the steel Gran Turismo rear derailleur, Velox low-cost derailleur, Elefante control lever, the steel three-pin Sport cotterless crankset, Sport headset (only two wrench flats) and Allen seatbinder bolt.
Record front derailleur clamp modified in area of pivot posts; first with no circlip on upper pivot post and later with circlip added to upper pivot post. Special Nuovo Tipo hubs made for Motobecane with oval, kidney-shaped holes instead of the normal round holes; used as original equipment on the 1972/3 Motobecane Le Champion model. Hugo Rickert (Rickert Cycles - Dortmund, W. Germany) orders 300 HiLo hubs (large flange on drive side, small flange on non drive side) to be custom-made by Campagnolo in 1972 and builds the wheels for the West German National Team for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
The last year that the Record rear derailleur is available. The large chainring has a tiny post added at the crank arm location so an unshipped chain can't get jammed in the space between the crank and the chainring. The Nuovo Record derailleur has a plastic bushing added to the lower pivot bolt. The Super Record rear derailleur is introduced.
Catalog #17. Printed for the year-end trade shows. Included are the Super Record Road and Track groups with titanium axle for the bottom bracket, titanium spindles for the hubs (dropped soon after their introduction) and pedals, rear derailleur with black anodizing and titanium bolts, chainrings with inner web eliminated, alloy headset, brake levers with holes, short reach brake calipers with small rubber frame bumper on front caliper, 144mm bolt circle for track crankset and fluted two-bolt seat post are introduced. The Rally rear derailleur, Nuovo Gran Sport group (alloy 3-pin crankset and Nuovo Gran Sport low-cost front and rear derailleurs), nutcracker and Cavaturaccioli (corkscrew) are introduced. Brake cable clips are now made of stainless steel instead of chrome plated steel and toe strap loops on outside edge of steel Record pedals are eliminated. Note: O.M.A.S. (Officina Meccanica Armando Simoni) supplied the titanium bolts and ti pedal and BB axles for the Super Record group. The titanium tests out as 6AL-4V, a.k.a. Grade 5 or "6/4 Ti."
Special Catalog. Printed by Olympic Resources, Inc., Houston, Texas. Included are all items in Catalog #17 with the addition of the Special "T" wrench. Note that the illustrations for the Super Record chainrings, headset and seat post saddle cradles show the black anodized versions that were never released.
Catalog #17a. Printed for the year-end trade shows. As per Catalog #17. The word "Brev." is changed to "Patent" on the brake centerbolts.
Tullio Campagnolo is awarded the "Design and Application Award" by the International Magnesium Association.
Chain holder (Portacatena) with accompanying control lever and trigger and short Nuovo Record dropouts drilled and tapped for chain holder shown at Milan Trade Show at the end of the year.
C.P.S.C. (Consumer Product Safety Commission) mandates changes to NR/SR. Included are a front derailleur lip, 2.5 mm increase in spacing between crank spider and arm to clear the front derailleur lip with corresponding increase in bottom bracket axle length, a curved quick release lever and ball-end added to quick release conical adjuster, dome-shape added to quick release cam lever on brake calipers, plastic covering added to the wheel guides on the brake shoes, the point on the cage of SL and SR pedals is rounded off and plastic safety-shields added to rear derailleur screws. The word "Patent" is changed to "Brev." on the chainring, chainring bolts and crank dust caps. Down tube shifters with bumpy edges and raised letters changed to thicker, smooth edged levers with sunken letters. The Super Record rear derailleur has aluminum pivot bolts substituted for its titanium pivot bolts 1978 and 1979, apparently because of a titanium shortage.
Tullio Campagnolo is bestowed with the Stella D'Oro (Golden Star) award by the C.O.N.I. (Italian National Olympic organization) for his contributions to sport.
Catalog #17a Supplement. Printed for the year-end trade shows. Included are a revised Super Record derailleur with script logo and different cage geometry (28 tooth capacity), single bolt Nuovo Super Record seat post, Record front derailleur has straight band and four holes in cage (changed the following year to the more traditional pointed-band clamp and three hole cage), short Nuovo Record dropouts without eyelets (drilled and tapped for chain holder), chain holder (Portacatena) with accompanying control lever and trigger, and fixing shoe plate for pedals. Gran Sport front derailleur (Record-style plain cage with lip stamped with Globe logo), Gran Sport crank (flat bottom fluting, 170mm length), Gran Sport pedal (stamped steel races and engraved "Gran Sport" on barrel), Gran Sport brakeset (different adjuster and engraved "Gran Sport" on caliper; black brake hoods with Globe logo). Nuovo Valentino front derailleur (flat arms, Record-style plain cage with lip, stamped with Winged QR logo).
Bernard Hinault (Team Renault-Gitane-Campagnolo) is set up with prototype Record downtube shift levers with the retrofriction clutch for his Gitane Profil Aero Time Trial TdF bike. These retrofriction clutch Record shift levers were in response to the Simplex Retrofriction shift levers and were never in the catalog and were never offered to the public at the time. The retrofriction clutch was first offered for sale as C-Record in the No.18 bis catalog (December, 1986).
Tullio Campagnolo is appointed to the Cavaliere del Lavoro (Italy's highest honor to a businessman) by the President of the Italian republic.
Development starts on the Campagnolo freewheel, a combination of aluminum, titanium, and steel with a three-pawl ratchet system; the last project that Tullio personally oversaw. Note that the freewheel is not part of the Anniversary group. The 980 low-cost rear derailleur (26 tooth capacity) is introduced (9 80 = September 1980), BMX components, toe clips in aluminum and steel, and bronze colored belt buckle (made for Campagnolo USA by True Distance Inc. of Houston, Texas).
Record Pista hubs with oiler holes and clips made from 1980-87.
The winged wheel logo is updated by stylizing the rim, the wings and quick-release (shield added the next year). Bernard Hinault (Team Renault-Gitane-Campagnolo) is set up with prototype aero Record brake levers with aero cable routing for his Gitane Profil Aero Time Trial TdF bike. These aero Record brake levers with aero cable routing were never in the catalog and were never offered to the public.
Olympic Catalog. Printed for the year-end trade shows. Included are the Campagnolo freewheel and wood boxed freewheel tool set along with the Super Record front derailleur with black anodized arms, three hole cage, pointed-band clamp and braze on fitting option (parts drawing shows black anodized arms, four hole cage and straight-band clamp), Record down tube shift levers with sunken letters instead of previous raised letters (previous flat spring washer and slightly domed pressure washer changed to the domed plastic friction washer and conical steel outer washer), the HiLo Record rear hub, toe clips in both steel and alloy versions, the revised version of the Super Record titanium bottom bracket axle (solid instead of hollow, with nuts rather than bolts), the low-cost 980 rear derailleur (26 tooth capacity), Gran Sport Rally rear derailleur (32 tooth capacity), Gran Sport touring crankset (flat bottom fluting, 116mm bolt pattern, double or triple, 35 to 43 teeth, and 50 to 53 teeth) and BMX crankset (gold, blue, or silver anodized 170mm arms and 42 to 46 teeth chainrings; silver 175mm arms), BMX pedals (gold, blue or black; double sided saw tooth aluminum quill), and BMX large or small flanged nutted hubs (gold, blue or silver). Also a series of promotional items are offered: corkscrew, nutcracker, a limited edition belt buckle set, an Olympic lapel pin set, a folding disposable razor, a travel bag, and various Campagnolo window and frame stickers. Also shown is the "Super Record Road Steel group" also called "Super Record Reduced group" (SL pedals replacing the SR pedals and the NR bottom bracket replacing the SR bottom bracket).
February 3rd, Tullio Campagnolo dies in Vicenza.
50th Anniversary group is released, 15,000 produced. Group #0001 was retained for the Campagnolo museum and #0002 was presented to Pope John Paul II in a private audience for a delegation of Italian cycling enthusiasts on June 15.
Alleggerita Nuovo Record headset (alleggerita meaning lightened); a steel Record headset with holes in the spigots. Shield logo replaces Globe logo on brake hoods.
Introduction of Record Corsa and Record Pista groups at the year-end trade shows. Usually referred to as "C-Record" (C = Corsa) and not available for sale until around 1986; C-Record is not shown in the 12/1985 catalog No. 18, but is shown in the 12/1986 catalog No. 18 bis. 1984 is last date code for Super Record derailleur.
Catalog #18. Printed for the year-end trade shows (print code 12/85). As per Olympic Catalog, but the Super Record titanium bottom bracket axle has been dropped. A seven-speed standard spaced freewheel is introduced (requires 130mm rear dropout spacing). Note that C-Record is not shown.
Super Record cranks without milled flutes (first produced with engraved logo and later with laser-etched logo) derived from the 1983 Anniversary group cranks and Super Record seat post without milled flutes to match new Super Record cranks. Super Record brake calipers with triangular cross section (as per Anniversary caliper), Campagnolo script logo, conical-shaped nuts for center bolt lock nut and cam lock nut. Nuovo Record rear derailleur has spring pivoting at bottom knuckle as per 50th Anniversary derailleur instead of top knuckle as previously done.
A seven-speed "compact" spaced freewheel is introduced.
The last year of production of Super Record components. Last Nuovo Record rear derailleur made from remaining parts. A final short production run of Record hubs is made utilizing surplus parts. Also some C-Record front hubs are made utilizing surplus Record front hub 7/32" bearings, cones and races. Normally C-Record front hubs use 3/16" bearings and both Record and C-Record rear hubs use 1/4" bearings. Both the Record and C-Record hubs are marked "S - U" on the hub barrel.
Typically the development of Campagnolo parts was carried out with the help of professional road and track riders on teams sponsored by Campagnolo. Consequently, Campagnolo parts were in use one or more years before they were ever offered for sale to the public. Campagnolo parts could appear in stores or on bikes before ever appearing in a catalog or, on the other hand, were not necessarily available at the time a catalog was issued. The catalogs were typically printed for the trade shows which occurred late in the year (the Milan bicycle trade show was held biannually, odd numbered years). For these reasons, all dates in the Timeline are approximate.
Some Campagnolo parts can be dated by codes or patent dates. For example, the Nuovo Record rear derailleur has a patent date that corresponds to its manufacturing date starting in 1970 (example "PAT. 70"); marked "PATENT" without a date before 1970. Last date code is 1984 on Super Record derailleur. The lock nut on the hub axle typically is stamped with "CAM. 60" or some other number denoting the last two digits of the year of manufacture. The word "RECORD" was added to the hub barrels around 1963. The original "Open C" style Campagnolo logotype (imagine a U turned on its side) on the Q.R. levers was changed to a "closed C" in 1958 with the introduction of the one-piece alloy Record hubs and a little later to the shift levers. Starting in 1973 the crank arms have a code consisting of a diamond (1970's) or circle (1980's) with a number in the center denoting the last digit of the year of manufacture, and then in 1985-9 with square and number in the center: 11 = 1985, 21 = 1986, 31 = 1987, 41 = 1988, 51 = 1989 plus some other examples.
The original Campagnolo Timeline first appeared in a 1995 series of articles in the AEoleus Butterfly 'zine printed by Gabe Konrad. The original contributors were Gabe Konrad, Frank Berto, Ron Sheperd, Dale Brown, and Chuck Schmidt. In 1998 it was taken over by Chuck Schmidt and added to the Velo-Retro website. Since then, many people have made contributions to the Timeline: Hilary Stone, Peter Johnson, Richard Sachs, Dave Walker, John Barron, Dan Ulwelling, Tom Dalton, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Satoru Masada, Dr. Akihiko Amaki, Steven Maasland, Jan Heine, Marc Borel, Corey Mihailiuk, John Pergolizzi, David Weddington, Ted Ernst, Renato Baccanelli of the Velocipede Museum, Michael Maher and Heiko Stromer among others.
I would greatly appreciate any assistance you the reader can offer in updating this timeline as this is the only way the accuracy of this timeline can be improved. Chuck Schmidt