For a lot of years Campagnolo were synonymous with high end road cycling. Early MTB bikes and BMX often had Campagnolo parts, but they were mostly road parts. There was also a BMX line, but that were mostly the same as the road parts but with shorter crank arm and fancy anodization. The road parts were great and worked well. Although it was few bikes that had the parts, but the ones who had were mostly great ones.
Fast forward to late 1988 – the Euclid was released for the 1989 model year. The group set had many of the typical great Campagnolo features – the bearings are just great; the build quality is stunning and it is a very stylish group. On the other hand – it is way overbuilt, too complicated and so heavy that it really is something different. The seat post even had a quick release for changing the seat angle. The Euclid group had 3 different braking levers, and the long one – “elephant nose” is in many ways a more modern version of the classic Magura Shortys. I really like it, is typical Italian post 2nd World War – avantgarde and functional.
The group set is aesthetically a mix between the classic Campagnolo look, Shimano Deore XT 730 and the before mentioned Maguras, although with the WTB threatment of mounting thumbies directly to the brake levers. Some like it, very many don’t. Euclid was the first of many groups – Centaur followed later in 1989, then Olympus in 1991, Icarus and Record OR in 1992. In 1994 the Campagnolo MTB adventure was over. The groups were too expensive and never really became really popular. Maybe Icarus was a telling name – the one that flew too close to the sun and the wings made out of wax melted.
Just like the Euclid group – this Denti is beautiful but way overengineered. Whether it’s a Denti or not is hard to tell, as there seems to be some decals that is removed from the frame. Hard to tell if it’s rebadged or not.
Serial: # VL180633
Frame: Cro-moly, Fillet Brazed
Fork: Cro-moly straight bladed, Fillet Brazed
Hubs: Campagnolo Euclid
Spokes: Stainless steel
Tires: Tioga Hound Dawg
Pedals: Campagnolo Euclid
Crank: Campagnolo Euclid
Freewheel: Suntour 6 speed
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Euclid
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Euclid
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Euclid
Shifters: Campagnolo Euclid
Handlebars: 3TTT, bulged
Stem: 3TTT, hinged
Headset: Campagnolo Euclid
Brake set: Campagnolo Euclid
Brake levers: Campagnolo Euclid
Saddle: Concor Superleggera
Seat post: Campagnolo Euclid
Colors: White with multi color splatter