Harness the power of collaboration.
Pairing the praised ergonomics of Campagnolo Ergopower shift levers with the reliable stopping force of Magura disc brakes, the H11 Ergopower Hydraulic Lever and Disc Brake Caliper Set represents Campy's foray into the world of hydraulic disc brakes with engineering support from their German friends. Campagnolo claims its new disc brakes offer greater stopping power than both of the major competitors with less hand force required, regardless of the riding conditions. This hydraulic lever and disc brake caliper set is compatible with all of Campy's mechanical-shift groups, including the likes of Super Record, Record, and Chorus.
Going beyond the coveted Italian brand's area of expertise, the H11 Ergopower Hydraulic Disc Brakes are the result of months of painstaking development and research. Since Campagnolo had no experience in this area, they enlisted the engineering help of Magura for developing early prototypes of the hydraulic master cylinder and oil flow system. The master cylinder design features a bleed port atop the vertical center for easier servicing, meaning you won't have to move the levers back and forth to shake out air bubbles. It uses a blue mineral oil similar to what Magura uses in their hydraulic disc brakes, meaning it doesn't absorb water and lubricates the entire system for reliable stopping without requiring regular bleeding of old fluid.
Through this collaboration with Magura, Campagnolo aimed to create a reliable and powerful braking system with high levels of modulation—all without disturbing the ergonomics Campy faithfuls have come to love. The result is a lever design that's only eight-millimeters taller than non-hydro Campy levers, which is less significant than the competition. Best of all, the contact area of the lever body remains virtually the same as non-hydro Ergopower levers, meaning you'll only feel a minimal difference in riding ergonomics.
The shift levers maintain the same position as the current crop of Ergopower mechanical shift levers for riding familiarity, with the shift internals being the same as what you'd find with Record non-hydro versions. What's changed is the carbon brake levers, which feature the same double curved shape, but with a revised outward bend of the lowermost lever for greater control in the drops. Campagnolo's Adjustable Modulation System (AMS) provides long and short travel position settings for adjusting the brake's leverage ratio to your particular liking. This adjustable modulation gives you the ability to fine-tune how quickly the brake moves from open to fully locked. Moreover, 16-millimeters of reach adjustment give you additional control over where your brake levers sit in relationship to your hand.
As for the brake calipers, they're designed exclusively for 160-millimeter rotors on the front, giving you the option of selecting between 140 and 160-millimeter rotor versions for the rear. Flat-mount compatibility (for both forks and frames) ditches the use of adapters, meaning you'll reap the benefits of a stiffer and cleaner attachment interface. 22mm wide pistons of phenolic resin prevent heat transfer to their organic resin pads during prolonged descents and racing scenarios where you'd normally experience a loss in braking performance.
- Campagnolo's foray into the world of hydraulic disc brakes
- Co-developed with Magura for master cylinder and oil flow system
- 160mm front caliper only, rear is available as 140 or 160mm
- Lever body is 8mm taller without compromising ergonomics
- Carbon brake lever revised for better control in the drops
- AMS adjusts brake leverage ratio with long and short settings
- 16-millimeters of reach adjustment for fine-tuning the feel
- Each set includes 1 H11 Ergopower lever and 1 disc brake caliper
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The new Campy disc mechanical shifters have the best ergonomics on the market, and the braking response has proven to be superior to anything else I've tried (Dura Ace, Ultegra, Force). The shape of the levers and hoods is just right. The brakes feel just right. They have adjustable reach and leverage; really dialed in. This is one of the most satisfying bike products I've used in many years. All of the big 3 obviously produce good drivetrain components, but there is still a difference between getting the job well done and this, which leaves me with a "damn, this feels so great" feeling, again and again. I also like that they use mineral oil rather than the toxic DOT stuff inside the SRAM Force brakes on my cross bike.
Super Record Mechanical TRP to H11
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I was running full SR11 to mechanical TRP Spyre flat mount discs. The brake power was good, never had any issues and they worked perfectly with standard Campagnolo levers. However, after meeting the folks out in California at Campagnolo HQ, I knew that with the release of H11 I simply couldn't resist the upgrade and trying out a full Campagnolo Road Disc System. To say the least, it is incredible. I have good mechanical skills, so was able to make the full switch, installation, bleeding setup myself. The entire system has been flawless in all aspects. I installed about 2 weeks ago, with the first ride being 130 miles out to Pennsylvania and back, from Cleveland, OH. What I really love is the feel of the new H11 levers, as the springs are quick and snappy, and have never felt dull like some of the other hydro levers I've felt. In comparison to the TRP Spyre Flat Mount brakes, I don't have to touch or adjust the H11 after installation. That was the biggest draw to me, as I was tired of consistent adjustments to the TRP. The slightly bigger, but not oversized hoods of the H11 levers are quite nice for better control when descending. Some of the newer SRAM Red Etap levers almost feel like your hand is going to slide right over and off the hood if your grip isn't tight enough. I can comfortably rest my hands and position the hood to lock my hand in place.
Thank you to Competitive Cyclist for carrying the inventory so quickly after product launch.
I am totally satisfied with the switch to H11.