This gets them a lot of bad press, because they are perceived as the Goliath of the industry.They achieved this position because they have the most successful research and development program in the industry.The Record hubs replaced the Gran Sport hubs, which were actually manufactured for Campy by a sub-contractor, Fratelli Brivio (or FB).
The first Campagnolo components I ever bought were a pair of Record hubs.
At the time I bought them, they were probably about 10 years old, but they were brand new, perfect in their faded yellow box with the Campagnolo script logo on the top and World Champion rainbow stripes.
Graphite was available in the "lesser" component groups, and was a darker, opaque grey/black.
If you check out the Campagnolo catalogs, you won't see either finish pop up until the 1991 catalog.
Whether it was because of the extreme lightness of the rims or because of my amateur wheel-building skills (probably both), the wheels seemed to need constant truing.
I eventually un-laced and re-built them with the same hubs and a more robust pair of rims (my wheel-building skills having improved greatly), and I still use them today, almost 30 years later. The Campagnolo Record hubs are iconic kit -- without a doubt, the best hubs one could buy in their day, and one could argue, among the best of any time. First introduced in 1958, the Record hubs were made with only minor changes up until about 1985 or '86.Swaps can take place early in the life of a bike as the proud new owner upgrades to new or used components of higher quality.To guarantee maximum assistance and competence in the choice, installation and maintenance of Campagnolo products, we recommend you buy them from Campagnolo Pro-Shop or Campy CODE stores. As an alternative, all Campagnolo products, parts, groupsets and wheels are also available in the best cycling stores For any problem, request or inquiry, we recommend you contact a Campagnolo Pro-Shop or Campy CODE store. Professionalism, competence and enthusiasm make these Campagnolo selected stores stand out.Shimano is the leading manufacturer of bicycle parts.Shimano has come to dominate the industry, and to have a near monopoly on many parts categories.At least it would be the earliest date that the bike could have been made.