Components

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What is a bike’s groupset?

The groupset (sometimes referred to as its “gruppo”) is the collection of all the parts involved in braking, shifting gears, and transferring power from the pedals to the rear wheel (the drivetrain). These components include: Gear/brake levers Brake calipers Front and rear derailleurs Chainset Bottom bracket Chain Cassette  The groupset market is dominated by 3 …

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Photo of a Shimano Dura Ace groupset

What’s the difference between Shimano road groupsets?

Like its main competitors SRAM and Campagnolo, Shimano has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! It’s important to remember that while each groupset name maintains its place in the hierarchy, they are usually updated every few years. So, for instance, when Dura Ace – Shimano’s top-of-the-line …

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Photo of a Campagnolo Super Record carbon crankset

What’s the difference between Campagnolo road groupsets?

Like its main competitors Shimano and SRAM, Campagnolo has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! It’s important to remember that while each groupset name maintains its place in the hierarchy, they are usually updated every few years. So, for instance, the Campagnolo Record of the early 1960s was a 6-speed …

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What’s the difference between SRAM road groupsets?

Like its main competitors Shimano and Campagnolo, SRAM has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! Whilst Shimano and Campagnolo have been producing bike components since the 1920s and 30s, SRAM was only founded in 1987. However, although much younder it has become know for pioneering innovations such as …

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