How to date Campagnolo record pedals

A comprehensive list of Record pedals from 1958 – 1987

Excluding the aero pedals launched in 1983, we are working on a seperate blogpost about those beauties.

As you know, Campagnolo was not always transparant about the exact production dates of parts. All the information below was collected based on Campagnolo catalogs, friendly bike builders and fellow collectors. If you have any extra information or hints, please drop us a comment below the blogpost.

Record 1958 – 1968?

In 1958 campagnolo introduced the record pedal.

This one has shorter axle threads than the later models. The design failed (stripped threads). The year after, they made them longer and removed the dustcaps for the pedal threads. They also made the guide for the straps a bit smaller. And last but not least notice that the dustcap had a little make-over.

  • smaller letters than second gen
  • steel dust caps
  • guide for straps
  • axles with rubber seal

 

 

Con Denti 1958 – 1968? (pista)

  • very rare
  • aluminium dust caps ’58-’59
  • steel dust caps ’59-late ’60s
  • not clear until which year they were made (any hints?)
  • axles with rubber seal
  • made with steel and aluminium plates (the aluminium ones are the rarest)

Record pista 1958 – 1987

Note that somewhere around 74′ the metal dust caps were replaced with plastic ones, other than that we can’t find or notice any other specific changes.

Somewhat around 68′ the axles were modified from rubber seals to riffled axles to keep the bearings clean.

Record 1968 – 1972

  • steel dust caps
  • guide for straps
  • riffled axles

Record 1972 – 1987

  • 2 types, one with plastic and one with steel dustcaps
  • riffled axles
  • no guide for straps

Strada version

Unfortunately it is not very clear when they changed from metal dustcaps to plastic ones.

The SL and SR pedals already had plastic caps at their introduction. The only difference we could find is the “tip” (to prevent the foot from sliding off) is a bit sharper on the older model. We assume they switched from metal to plastic in 73 or 74 but this is not certain.

upper one, metal dustcap, sharp point lower one, second model, plastic dustcap

Superleggeri 1972 – 1987

  • alloy cage
  • riffled chromed steel Cr-Mo axle
  • light but not durable
  • also called eco* Super Record or SL

*Eco Super Record, never heard of it? Most bicycles with a Super Record groupset have a steel bottom bracket and SL pedals. This combination was often called eco Super Record as it was a lot cheaper and just added roughly 150 grams especially on the second gen titanium axle. The jubilee groupset also had a Nuovo Record axle but Super Record pedals.

Strada version:

For the enthousiasts…

There was a pre-production SL pedal in 71, it has smaller letters and they didn’t have the bevelled reinforcing inside the cut-outs. So if you think you have one of these… drop us a message.

Pista version:

Fake vs the real deal

Back in the day a track pedal was about 1/3rd more expensive than a regular strada pedal. So it is very common to find Strada (SL or SR) pedals with a tuned cage. Luckily it is very easy to spot the real pista; It has little Micky mouse ears on the side and no strap guide.

Super Record 1973 – 1987

  • based on the superleggeri
  • titanium axles for maximum weight reduction

How do I know if I have Super Record or Superleggeri pedals?

  1. Weight: 260 grams (SR) vs 330 grams (SL)
  2. Titanium does not rust
  3. Titanium has a brownish color vs silver for chrome
  4. sharper point on foot retainer, photo #4 (not on pista)
  5. titanium is non magnetic (in most cases)

Comparison of SR vs. SL pedals

Photo 1,2 and 3 are SR strada vs SLpista

Extra

This set of pedals has not been sold to the regular public. We think these pedals were for exposition purposes only, with their model number stamped on them… very rare. There is a set of SL pedals to be found on google as well.

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13 Comments

  1. John Jorgensen
    October 14, 2018
    Reply

    Pista pedals on the road was reasonably common in the 70’s.
    Images of Merckx riding a bikes so set up was captured in many issues of International Cycle Sport among other publications. Note- with reasonable frequency riders would cut off the loop, usually those were the Alloy units, most often noted as the ends are not filed to mimic how the production Pista pedal was treated. Functionally, no problem, cosmetically variable and of course maybe frowned upon by some.

  2. dennis
    October 14, 2018
    Reply

    wiil a pair of pista pedals fit on my pinarello bike or better buy strada

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      October 14, 2018
      Reply

      As long as you don’t flip the left and right pedal anything will fit on your cranks… unless you have french treaded pedals (m14 instead of 9/16″) but you don’t come across those very often and they are usually zeus components or something french ofcource

  3. Marcus Grenville-Cotterell
    October 6, 2018
    Reply

    Superleggeri pedals came with the sharp points, they are just the later 1982 cage version. I have them on a Paris Galibier that I bought new from Condor cycles London.

  4. Charles
    October 4, 2018
    Reply

    Picked up a pair of pedals over the weekend at the T-Town swap meet. I found this site while trying to figure out what I had. They have the model number stamped on them similar to the ‘Extra’ listing above. They have metal caps and no strap loop. Internally the spindle shaft is straight and not stepped.

  5. Ome Jopel
    February 25, 2018
    Reply

    Links en recht zitten van die lipjes. Zijn die pedalen wel geschikt voor grote schoenen? Maat 47 heb ik dus. En het schoenplaatje raakt de asbehuizing links waardoor het contact niet al te best is.

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      March 10, 2018
      Reply

      In die tijd van de pedalen met “lipjes” waren schoenplaatjes vooral populair op de piste en nog niet op de weg bij mijn weten, anyway de gemiddelde schoenmaat lag toen volgens mij ook eerder bij de 41 in plaats van 47, probeer zonder plaatjes en met extra large voethaken en eventueel uw cranks aftapen zodat ze niet beschadigd geraken van het riempje dat er tegen schuurt tijdens het rijden (gebeurd heel snel). Success er mee!

  6. Daniel Thornton
    December 16, 2017
    Reply

    I am trying to figure out with pair of these campagnolo record pedals I have. They have white leather French made straps but I can’t tell the cursive writing on them. My email is daniel@freeflite.com please send me an email so I can send you back a photo of them as I am trying to find out how old they are and more info thanks!

  7. John Jorgensen
    December 10, 2017
    Reply

    I have two pair of early Superleggeri pedals with the larger cutouts. I considered the pair with the black cage to be 1970 and the earlier set with no anodizing to be early that same year or even 1969.

    The pedals with the model number stampings I associate with Raleigh bicycles from bikes assembled wihile working at a bike shop in the middle 1970’s in the USA.

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      December 13, 2017
      Reply

      do you have any pictures? The full alloy pedals without any anodization are probably gran sport

      • John Jorgensen
        December 14, 2017

        I can take a few snapshots.
        Pretty sure the “raw” ones are Superleggeri as they have the ports for the straps and appear otherwise the same as the early Black cage set. The later downmarket pedals had a number of … I will call them “reductions” of detail and form.
        Not sure I can place an image in this field though.

  8. December 5, 2017
    Reply

    Thanks for putting out this information!
    Is there not a mistake in the photos for the 1958 pedal? The second photo, with the caption “bottom: 1958” should read “top: 1958” shouldn’t it. The top photo shows the larger strap guide of the 1958 pedal I believe.

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      December 5, 2017
      Reply

      Indeed you are right! Thanks for the heads up, I will take care of it asap (edit, post is updated)

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