Today, we present the new Campagnolo gravel group, Ekar 13. With this group Campagnolo not only enters the world of gravel with a specific product, but introduces many new features and thus makes waves. Among these innovations, first of all is the face that the group has 13 speeds.
That Campagnolo was about to launch them was already clear with the presentation of the N3W driver body we had already talked about here . Now with Ekar we move on to the facts on the ground. In addition to the dedicated body, which serves as the basis for the 13 speed sprocket set, Ekar also consists of a specific 13 speed chain, a single chainring crankset, specific shifters and new brakes entirely designed and manufactured by Campagnolo, not by third parties.
Let’s start with the essential data: the Ekar weighs 2385 g with the 9-36 cassette. The chain is 0.15mm thinner than the 12V, which is therefore not compatible. The chain will be available both with the classic pin and with false link, called C-Link. Great news for the Campagnolo world. The weight of the chain is 242 gr in both configurations. The price is 46eu for the C-Link and 44eu for the classic.
The cassettes available are: 9-35, 9-42 and 10-44 (for the spacing read on).
Here, we come to the individual parts. The rear derailleur is specific for gravel use, therefore it has a clutch system to keep the chain steady even on very rough terrain. The polymer pulleys have 12 teeth for the upper and 14 teeth for the lower. The front of the derailleur body is made of carbon-reinforced polyamide, 7075 and 6082 aluminum. The screws are made of stainless steel. Everything is oriented towards light weight, but taking into account the heavy use on off-road terrain, mud, water, sand, etc… therefore also a nod is given to durability. The weight is 275gr for a price of 247eu.
The cassette is made from 2 pieces, and is only compatible with the new N3W body. The scales available are three as mentioned. We tested the 9-42, which is called “Gravel Race”, with a scale of 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 21, 25, 30, 36, 42. So with a jump of 1 tooth for the first 6 sprockets. The cost of the cassette is 245eu for all configurations.
The weight we found was 396gr.
The carbon single chainring crankset is very beautiful.