Campagnolo Ekar 1×13 13-Speed Drivetrain Preview: With the Ridley Kanzo Fast Gravel Bike!

campagnolo ekar review

“With a wide range, close-ratio, and no compromise, Ekar is designed from the ground up to give you the very best performance, riding experience, and reliability for gravel, all-road, and endurance riding on the toughest terrain where you want to face and challenge yourself. From the outset our engineers and design team tested and pursued the route of a 1x system being the best for gravel, and engaged with the challenge of creating the best possible implementation – and the light, efficient, precise 13-speed Ekar is what delivers.” – Campagnolo

campagnolo ekar review

“There is a full range of gearing with smooth, small steps for cadence progression, and a choice of gear ranges to suit the different specialisms within the gravel discipline – each with a wide range, and each with elegantly spaced progressions for smooth changes and no nasty cadence jumps. 1x offers maximum efficiency, no wasted gearing overlaps, an overall lightweight system (under 2.4kg), and superior chain retention security. Its gears are designed to be gravel-specific with deliberate and natural-feeling progressive cadence control: 1-tooth steps for small sprockets and bigger steps for larger sprockets – for speeds to match every route.”

campagnolo ekar review
13 gears, 9-42 ratio

“Ekar features the best of proven Campagnolo disc brake performance and modulation, and controller technology and feel, all optimised for the very best gravel riding performance. With materials chosen to blend the optimum balance of strength, durability, and light weight demanded by forward-looking gravel riders, the Ekar groupset offers precise control and reliable performance – Ekar is the world’s lightest gravel groupset: reliable, durable & fast.”

campagnolo ekar review

In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew provides a brief preview of Campagnolo’s 1×13 13-speed drivetrain, as a prelude to the coming long-term review.

Campagnolo Ekar 1×13 13-Speed Drivetrain Preview Video

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  1. Avatar Ron

    I am super interested in this groupset!


    Please review the wheels also!

    • JOM JOM

      All depends on the Campy timeframe, but I hope to!

  3. Avatar christopher hood

    Just finished ekar build on my mason bokeh.
    Using bike as a winter trainer and bike packing in the dryer months.

    Loving it 🙂

    • JOM JOM

      Christopher, what chainring / cassette did you end up going with? I’m hoping to take collection of a 10-44, I think that is the #1 option when paired with a 38T ring.

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