For the 2008 season Pro riders using Campagnolo Ergopower levers will have the option of riding a new, dedicated shifter.
Marked with red lettering the new Ergo levers have been developed from pro riders requests for a harder, more positive gear shift. The stiffer change is achieved by using a stiffer spring and allows the rider to "feel" for the shift during the more challenging phases of a race.
The trend for shifters has been towards ever lighter shifting and this is still something that suits the majority of non-pro cyclists but we can allso see that stiffer shifting levers would be a good idea if you're wearing thick winter gloves or if you simply prefer the classic feel of the older Campagnolo Ergo levers
Stiffer springs aside, the special Ergpower shifters are identical to the standard model.
Meanwhile Shimano today reiterated their support for Team High Road Sports (the team formerly know as T-Mobile) Shimano and it's private brand PRO will continue supplying the components, wheels, pedals, handlebars and handlebar stems for the Giant bikes that the team will be riding in the 2008 season.
Commenting on the decision Hennie Stamsnijder, Shimano's sports marketing manager, said: 'Team High Road Sports is one of the leading teams in the peloton in all aspects and therefore this was a very easy decision. The philosophy of Bob Stapleton and his team is the right and only way to go for professional cycling in the future.'