Campagnolo was founded by Tullio Campagnolo who was a racing cyclist in Italy in the 1920's. It was during his time as a racing cyclist that he conceived several ideas such as the quick release mechanism, derailleurs and the rod gear for gear changing.
It wasn’t until 1933 that Campagnolo S.r.l was founded in Vicenza and the company soon expanded, focusing on the three fundamental concepts that would also characterise its future; performance, technological innovation and quality of products and services.
During the 1950's, 60's and 70's Campagnolo manufactures magnesium parts such as wheels for sports cars and built chassis for NASA satellites in 1969. It was in the early 70's that Campagnolo started working with Colnago and racer Eddy Merckx and produced lightweight parts for the bike he used to bat the hour record in 1972.
It was during the 1990's and 2000's that saw Campagnolo's increased use of carbon fibre and titanium parts in groupsets. In 2004 they introduced a complete compact drivetrain with smaller chainrings, to give lower gears than traditional drivetrains. Ultra-Torque external-bearing cranksets followed as did 11-speed drivetrains with Super-Record, Record and Chorus in 2008. As well as mechanical groupsets Campagnolo also released an electronic version of the drivetrain which is used by many Pro teams and is also now available to the public.
Campagnolo S.r.l. is not only a star of the cycling world, but of sport in general, as recognized by the Wall Street Journal which has named it as one of the most prominent sports brands in the world. This reputation has been earned not only through its countless racing successes, but also by virtue of the attention given to quality and to service that sets this company apart from all others.