Campagnolo wisely stepped into the external bearing crankset market a bit late. The reason is they made sure that their Ultra Torque design was truly ready and would provide a service life that we, the consumers, would expect from the company from Vincenza. You can find it not only at the Super Record level, but all the way down the line, including this Record 11 Ultra Torque Carbon Crankset. It's a simple, practical design that is unique in the component world. It's lightweight, beautiful, and strong, signifying all that Campagnolo stands for. They've further refined the design, making it lighter and improving the shifting. If the Super Record 11 Crankset is Campagnolo's cost is no object option, the Record 11 Crankset is the cost is only a small consideration choice. In every detail, the Super Record 11 and Record 11 cranksets are identical, save one. While the Super Record 11 is equipped with the same Ceramic Ultimate Level Technology CULT bearings used in the Bora Ultra Two and Hyperon Ultra Two wheelsets, the Record 11 takes a more cost effective approach. In place of the CULT bearings are Campagnolo's Ultra Smooth Bearings USB. Like CULT, USB bearings are 532 ceramic balls housed in a low drag technopolymer cage. But the bearing grade as measured by their sphericity, i. e. their absolute roundness isn't quite as extreme, and they lack the Cronitect races. Other than the bearing distinction, the Record 11 Crankset is the twin to the Super Record 11. The 5339 and 5034 rings you see are still round, but take a look at the shift pins. This is where you'll find the first sign that the rings have been re engineered for faster shifting. Campagnolo calls this their XPSS, eXtreme Performance Shifting System. There are now eight dedicated sectors for upshifting, with ramps and pins working in conjunction with a new tooth profile. But up is only half the story. They've also optimized two new down shifting sectors, with the new tooth profile working with ramp...