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Campagnolo 80th Anniversary (RD13-I80)

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Campagnolo's 2013 80th Anniverary derailleur was born into a very different world from their iconic 1983 50th Anniversary model. Back in 1983, Campagnolo derailleurs had won 8 of the last 10 Tours de France, with the other two won using Simplex equipment - and Simplex was in terminal decline - enjoying the first of a series of financial crises in 1985.

Jump forward to 2013 and riders using Campagnolo derailleurs had won only one of the the last 10 Tours de France, with a dominant Shimano being challenged by an up-and-coming SRAM. Many commentators did not even rate Campagnolo as being at the game.

Despite this, the Campagnolo 80th Anniverary derailleur is a technical tour de force. With extensive use of carbon fibre, and titanium here, there, and everywhere. You can't sneer at an 11 speed derailleur that weighs in at 160g.

I did have my gripes with it - it is not a lovely thing to hold in your hand (carbon does not give a perfect silky finish) - and, to my eye, it looks ugly (think Black Hawk helicopter rather than Rolex watch). It's more of a high performance, technical, tool and less of a gift for a pontiff...

... but the legend in the burgeoning classic-bike-parts trade is that 80th Anniversary groupsets command higher prices than 50th Anniversary ones.


  • Derailleur brands: Campagnolo
  • Categories: Campagnolo - the good stuff
  • Themes: Ultra-lightweight - road racing models
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 2013
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: RD13-I80
  • Weight: 160g
  • Maximum cog: 29 teeth?
  • Total capacity: 34 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 55mm
  • Index compatibility: 11 speed
  • Chain width: 3/32
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: largely carbon fibre reinforced composite, with aluminium inner parallelogram plate and inner pulley cage plate and titanium small parts
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