Campagnolo Athena chainset review£194.99

Eleven-speed alloy set

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Campagnolo, in an example of the Italian company continuing to plough their own furrow, are – at the moment anyway – refusing to go down the BB30 oversized bottom bracket route.

They're sticking with their UltraTorque two-piece bottom bracket axle, the ends of which have interlocking teeth.

It’s stiff and straightforward to install, though we’re not convinced that the circlip is needed between the drive-side bottom bracket cup and the crank spider, which is designed to prevent the bottom bracket cup unscrewing.

The all-alloy chainset looks great; a version with a carbon spider is also available, 125g lighter but over £100 dearer. The combination of chainset, front mech and chain performed flawlessly, smooth and accurate.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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