I have been using a Campagnolo Athena groupset (original version) since 1999 and it is still going strong. The shifter ratchets are just starting to get a bit sloppy now after 16 years all-weather use, but so far shifting has not been affected. The rear mech is still ok. I broke the front one after about 12 years (my fault). You wouldn't expect brake callipers to wear out, and they haven't!Heard a friend of mine say this today. Never had a single item of Campagnolo on any of my bikes so wouldn't have a clue. Is this true?
Campag is pretty - I'm looking at Bianchi with Record groupset. I have only ever used Shimano and the new Ultegra and 105 are great - very smooth and slick. Campag comes with a price premium though.I thought another saying was:
Campagnolo is pretty, Sram is light and Shimano works.
Seems about right.