I just wanted to do a quick post to clarify my position on where I stand when it comes to Campagnolo. First off, I'm not a Campy hater. I think that this is the impression out there based on some of my rants and probably more specifically my focus on the Ultra-Torque thing that I got myself involved in. Just because I have an issue with the design of their crankset/bottom bracket system, doesn't mean that I dislike everything that Campagnolo produces. That's clearly not the case. I think that even a blind man would love the innovation and typical Italian design throughout the Campagnolo component lineup. What's not to love about Italian design... besides the cost...and maybe the additional maintanence...and let's not forget the compatibility issues? Sorry to digress...
Anyway, it's safe to say that I get torqued-off with any company that brings to market a product that is less than perfect and does next to nothing to make it right with the comsumer, let alone charge a premium for it. I think that Shimano, SRAM, and Campagnolo are guilty of this charge. Some more than others.
If you take the time to search this blog, you will find that my frustrations are not only aimed at Campagnolo. Unfortunately, there has been quite a few products and/or companies that have been in my crosshairs at some point in time. I feel that it's my "duty" to my clients and readers of this blog to "speak with no forked tongue" or to say it like it is. Fair and unbiased.
In closing, I always try to put myself in my customers/readers shoes. I'd want my mechanic to speak the truth. Finding someone with integrity, that's honest, and is knowledgeable seems to be the Holy Grail these days, and I try to keep those attributes front and center. Thanks for reading. -John