How to date Campagnolo record pedals

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A comprehensive list of Record pedals from 1958 to 1987

Excluding the aero pedals launched in 1984, we are working on a separate blogpost about those beauties.

As you know, Campagnolo was not always transparent about the exact production dates of parts. All the information below was collected based on Campagnolo catalogues, 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 dust caps for the pedal threads. They also made the guide for the straps a bit smaller. And last but not least, notice that the dust cap 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 73-74′ 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 reduce drag.

Record 1968 – 1972

  • steel dust caps
  • guide for straps
  • riffled axles

Record 1972 – 1987

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

Strada model

Unfortunately, it is not very clear when they changed from metal dust caps 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 dust cap, sharp point lower one, second model, plastic dust cap

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 model:

For the enthusiasts…

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 what sort of material failure are we talking about?

This is a later Athena pedal, the same thing happened to these pedals from 1971, but it seems they didn’t change the design in a later stadium.

Pista model:

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


In typical Campagnolo style there is a weird set around, there is speculation about these being made for exposition purposes, other (more) sources tell us that these were mounted on Raleigh professional and international models.

These were made just after they deleted the toe strap lip on the side of the pedals, a bit later on the steel dust caps switched to plastic.

Did Raleigh just happen to buy a large batch of pedals which happened to have all the stamped pedals? No idea.

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  1. John Jorgensen
    October 7, 2021

    In the USA, the common naming of the Campagnolo group was Nuovo Record.
    Incorrect, but easy to grasp by customers.
    The pedals got lumped into that.
    Maybe Nuovo was more accurate to indicate the pedals without the strap loop?

  2. October 5, 2021

    one clarification: the record pedals 1972 – 1987 are in reality the pedals new record? many thanks.

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      October 7, 2021

      Hi, yes and no they are indeed suitable for the Nuovo Record groupset, but they are referred to as ‘Record’ or ‘Serie pedali strada’ on the box and in the catalogue. Just like the crank sets. Those were ‘record’ and not Nuovo or Super Record specified. The chain rings on the other hand are specific to the groupset.

  3. Yiannis
    April 18, 2020

    Great info and pictures, thanks! I have a pair of Record pedals (1968-72) with the strap guide and steel dustcaps. Their cones are marked CAMP. 7 X 075. Is that a date code?

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      April 18, 2020

      If its 075 thats probably the tread pitch, 7mm diameter by 0,75 treads per mm

  4. Stephen Barner
    March 31, 2019

    When I bought my first Campagnolo Record-equipped bike in 1972, I was happy to have the new SL pedals, but I quickly realized that all the serious riders preferred the steel cage version, as they wore so much better under the metal cleats of the day. When I got my track bike, I hunted down a pair of steel dustcaps for the pedals, as the exposed plastic caps took a beating. The guys sawing off the ends of the road pedals were either weight weinies (very common back in the drillium era) or had big feet.

    I always knew the SR group with steel BB spindle and SL pedals as “Super Record Reduced.” I never saw the word “Eco” used in this context. Most people know that the original, hollow BB spindle and Ti pedal axles were unreliable and were pulled from the market. This left Campy without a BB or hubs for the SR group, so they substituted the NR parts until the solid Ti spindle was ready for release. After that, they continued to offer the SR Reduced group for those who wanted the cosmetics of Super Record, but more reliability (racers) or lower cost (OEMs and poor kids, like me). Except for a few Ti bits in the derailleurs, the alloy headset, and a different pulley cage, there wasn’t any functional difference between SR and NR. The SR seat pin was lighter, but functionally worse (though easier to adjust), and the perforated SR brake levers were heavier than the standard version. The SR hubs never did come back. By the time they worked all the bugs out of the based-solidly-on-1950s-technology Super Record, Campy was likely spending their limited R&D budget on designing its successor groups.

  5. John Jorgensen
    October 14, 2018

    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.

  6. dennis
    October 14, 2018

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

    • Bart Suykerbuyk
      October 14, 2018

      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

  7. Marcus Grenville-Cotterell
    October 6, 2018

    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.

  8. Charles
    October 4, 2018

    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.

  9. Ome Jopel
    February 25, 2018

    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

      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!

  10. Daniel Thornton
    December 16, 2017

    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 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!

  11. John Jorgensen
    December 10, 2017

    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

      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.

  12. December 5, 2017

    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

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

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