Campagnolo Centaur Power-Torque crankset review

Cheaper flagship technology

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £304.99 RRP
Campagnolo Centaur Power-Torque Crankset

Our review

Performs as well as its pricier cousins at a fraction of the price
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Campag applies the same construction techniques to the Centaur as it does to its flagship series, minus the Ultra-Torque BB system. The full carbon Centaur cranks have a multi-directional carbon fibre core with uni-directional weave, bonded to a Power-Torque chromoly axle.

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An oversized axle with a splined interface on the non-drive side interlocks on the left crank arm and is tightened with a bolt. It’s easy to fit, but removal requires a Campag spacer kit and an automotive crank pulley. The bonus is big weight loss because of the simple fitments, and a narrower q-factor (distance between the pedals) that, it’s said, offers more efficient pedalling.

The Centaur’s 644g weight makes it a market leader at this price. The chainrings are machined alloy, with plenty of excess material taken away. It offers a 94g saving from the alloy version.

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The ring material quality makes for very little flex. Combine this with neatly ramped teeth and plenty of shift pins (eight on the big ring) aiding chain movement and the chainset shifts sweetly on 10-speed drivetrains. It works brilliantly with Campagnolo, as we’d expect, but handles SRAM and Shimano well too. It’s quite flex free but the finish is reasonably easy to mark.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Centaur power-torque (11)
Brand Campagnolo

Description full-carbon unidirectional-multidirectional cranks - chainrings with MPS™ (Micro Precision Shifting) - light-alloy sheared-drawn chainrings with antifriction treatment - 8 pins on the large chainring - integrated POWER-TORQUE™ axle - requires POWER-TORQUE™ BB cups
Weight (g) 644
Material Carbon Fibre
Crank Arm Lengths 170mm 172.5mm 175mm