With so many road groupset options now including various options like electronic shifting, mechanical shifting, rim brakes, rim hydraulic brakes and hydraulic disc brakes we thought it would be a useful to try and put as much of that information as possible into one resource article where the weights of the top three road groupsets from each of Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM could be compared.
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Since the article was initially written it’s been updated with details on the new SRAM Red eTAP groupset that is now available to customers plus a section on the Rotor Uno hydraulic groupset that is now undergoing testing with the Dimension Data cycling team, and also a brief note on the FSA groupset in development. When Rotor and FSA release their groupsets to the public I will add it to the information below.
I have included the hydraulic rim brake option in the SRAM groupsets, I haven’t included disc brake options yet but will update this once Campagnolo have this option as well.
The top of the range Shimano groupset, Dura-Ace 9000 was first released late in 2012 making it the oldest of the 11 speed groupsets in this review (older versions of Campagnolo 11 speed were released earlier) and featured an innovative four arm compact crank design which allowed easy changing between rings of all sizes.
Early in 2013 the Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 groupset was released and since then the technology of both Dura-Ace 11 speed groupsets has trickled down to the latest Ultegra 6800 series, then 105 5800 series groupsets.
Shimano Road Groupset Weights
|Groupset Component¹||Dura-Ace 9070||Dura-Ace 9000||Ultegra 6870||Ultegra 6800||105 5800|
|Chain (116 links)||248||248||260||260||253|
|Shimano Groupset weight in grams||2,034||1,998||2,407||2,294||2,498|
|Shimano Groupset weight in pounds||4.484||4.405||5.307||5.057||5.507|
Notes on Shimano Groupset Components
¹All weights are taken from Shimano documents where possible, some weights were not listed and therefore I took an average of the component pictured on scales sourced from the web. There is an incorrect weight listed in Shimano’s specs for the Dura-Ace 9000 front derailleur, it’s listed as 158 grams when it should be 67 grams, a difference of 91 grams. This is probably the reason that a lot of reviews list the Di2 groupset as lighter than the mechanical groupset when in fact the mechanical is the lighter of the two groupsets.
²Bottom bracket, external type used.
³I have included the battery of Di2 systems but not wiring or junction box, likewise I did not include shift cables on the mechanical groupsets. They approx negate each other.
There is now a new 2016 Campagnolo groupset guide including all 2016 Campagnolo groupsets and weights plus My Campy Garmin integration.
The latest 2015 Campagnolo groupsets now feature a four arm crankset and revised derailleurs among other changes. Weights below are for the Super Record, Record and Chorus groupsets plus EPS variants. The Campagnolo Super Record mechanical is the second lightest groupset of the 2015 groupsets, weighing in at 1,940 grams.
Campagnolo Groupset Weights
|Groupset Component¹||Super Record EPS||Super Record||Record EPS||Record||Chorus EPS||Chorus|
|Chain (114 links)||239||239||239||239||250||250|
|Brake Calipers (Dual Pivot)||297||297||309||309||302||302|
|Groupset weight in grams||2,078||1,940||2,178||2,039||2,308||2,120|
|Groupset weight in pounds||4.577||4.273||4.797||4.491||5.088||4.674|
Notes on Campagnolo Groupset Components
¹All weights are taken from the Campagnolo product catalogue.
²Bottom bracket, external type used.
³Like Shimano above I have included the battery of EPS systems but not wiring, likewise I did not include shift cables. They approx negate each other.
When SRAM released the Red groupset back in 2008 it was the lightest groupset available and SRAM retain their position as having the lightest groupset available with the current SRAM Red 22 groupset weighing in at a mere 1,741 grams, almost 200 grams lighter than its nearest competitor.
The SRAM Force 22 groupset is the next tier from SRAM and weighs in at a very respectable 2,097 grams in it’s lightest configuration. SRAM Rival 22 rounds out the weigh in of the SRAM groupsets.
SRAM Groupset Weights
|Crankset (53×39 172.5mm)||557||609||697||715||860||844|
|BB Cups / Bearings||53||105||53||115||53||115|
|Chain (114 links)||246||246||256||256||259||259|
|Brake Calipers (Mechanical)||240||240||280||280||300||300|
|Group weight in grams||1,741||1,845||2,097||2,177||2,333||2,379|
|Group weight in pounds||3.838||4.068||4.623||4.799||5.143||5.245|
|Hydraulic Rim Brakeset³||254||254||223||223||212||212|
SRAM publicly unveiled a prototype of the SRAM Red eTAP wireless groupset during the 2014 Amgen Tour of California after making less public appearances at small events the year before. Finally the SRAM Red eTap is available to customers and the groupset weights are listed below.
SRAM Red eTAP Groupset Weights
|SRAM Groupset Component¹||SRAM RED eTAP BB30||SRAM RED eTAP GXP|
|Crankset (53×39 172.5mm)||557||609|
|BB Cups / Bearings||53||105|
|Chain (114 links)||246||246|
|Brake Calipers (Mechanical)||240||240|
|SRAM RED eTap Groupset weight in grams||1,933||2,037|
|SRAM RED eTap Groupset weight in pounds||4.262||4.491|
Notes on SRAM Groupset Components
¹All weights are taken from SRAM.
²Force uses 11-26 cassette.
³This is the increased weight of using the hydraulic calipers and hydraulic shifters.
The Rotor UNO hydraulic groupset was announced in August last year prior to Eurobike having been in development for a number of years, the groupset features hydraulic braking and shifting with internally routed lines and the shift levers will have single lever shifting to keep weight down. The groupset would be made up with Rotor’s own cranksets and Magura hydraulic rim brakes. The Rotor groupset is currently being used by Dimension Data rider Matt Brammeier and is claimed to be 350 grams lighter than Dura-Ace Di2.
Estimated public release will be Q1 2017.
FSA Electronic Groupset
Short cage option was used for all rear derailleurs.
Weights may vary to test reviews or other sites due to cassette sized used, crank length and chain links.
If you find any different verified weights on the 2015 road bike groupset weights that I have used feel free to add comments and I will correct anything that needs to be corrected.