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Ekar 13 Ergopower Shifter
The number thirteen may not be so unlucky after all with Campagnolo’s new Ekar drivetrain, designed for good old fashioned gravel shenanigans. Upfront on the handlebars rests the new 13-speed Ekar Ergopower Shifters, which Campagnolo argues are the most comfortable shifters available. A glance at the ergonomic shape, which is not so subtly hinted at in the name, one would find it difficult to challenge the claim. Tall hood mounds offer the stability needed for off-road bashing and freedom to reposition on longer stretches of gravel for comfort — if not merely for the sake of variety. And under the hood, Campagnolo uses a cover shield that fills the gap between the lever and the main body to reduce harsh edges that are present on some competing shifters on the market. The aluminum lever features textured grip at the pointy end for enhanced control and feel, and you can adjust the reach to accommodate your needs and your preferred riding style.
The main body is reinforced with carbon fiber for weight savings and a boost of strength. Campagnolo’s signature thumb-paddle for down-shifting is present on the right shifter body — similar to the road sibling line — but for a gravel-specific design, the lever body is extended in a U-shape to offer a deeper platform and easier reach while riding on turbulent gravel sections. On the Ekar system, Campagnolo has limited the downshift to one at a time, so you’ll have to be quick and precise about those sprint-line shifts. But Campagnolo’s Ultra-Shift tech is here for rapid three-gear upshifts with one lever throw.
The Ergopower Shifter is connected — and pre-bled — to the new Ekar hydraulic disc calipers that are identical front and back and adaptable for 140 or 160mm rotor sizes. Campagnolo intends the Ekar calipers to pair with the new Ekar rotors for the ultimate gravel braking performance.
- Campagnolo's 13-speed shifters and brake calipers for gravel excellence
- Carbon-reinforced construction for strength and keeping the front-end light
- Comfort-tuned hoods for epic washboard bashing and hard racing
- Ultra-Shift technology for rapidly up-shifting three gears
- Easily adjustable lever reach keeps you in control on any handlebar shape
- Hydraulic disc brake calipers deliver confident stopping and pebble-slinging power
- Item #CPGA05C
- [body] carbon reinforced technopolymer, [cover] natrual silicone, [lever] aluminum
- Lever Adjustability
- reach adjustment
- Caliper Adjustability
- 140, 160mm
- Mount Type
- red mineral oil
- Rotor Size
- 140, 160mm
- Claimed Weight
- [right] 8.3oz (235g), [left] 6.5oz (185g)
- Recommended Use
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 2 years
What do you think about this product?
October 28, 2020
Campy Does Gravel
Light, clean lines, beautiful aesthetic, exactly what you would expect from a Campagnolo gravel groupset. Not to mention it is actually affordable. Like most things Campy this will not appeal to everyone, but it is just so much cleaner and lighter than the other options. I have ridden the group now for about 200mi total including the Belgian Waffle Ride in Cedar City. The groupset performed flawless without issue even in the deep sand and moon dust conditions of BWR. The thumb shifter extension is easy to reach from the drops and actuates extremely smooth, but with a positive engagement so you know you have shifted. Great balance of light action, and positive feedback.
January 28, 2021
I do not have hydraulic brakes, just the older Campy calipers. Can this lever be used for the older cable-in-sheath style?