Now that Campagnolo has released an alloy 11 speed gruppo maybe they should consider offering a CT crankset with a 46/33 as an alternative to the 50/34 set up. For myself and I’m sure many more the disadvantage of these wide range compacts is that in order to get gears that you never use you sacrifice the chainline on the gears you use 90% of the time. Your either in a big ring that’s to big or a little ring that’s to small. Now I’m sure Campy is responding to a market where buyers insist on all sorts of ‘features’ that while perfect for pros and amateur racers are ill suited to a large percentage of buyers. But I think there are enough potential customers out there, especially with an alloy gruppo, for a more practical gearing set up.
Since Campagnolo retreated to the top end of the road market they have focused exclusively on leading edge racing technology. At their price point that made a lot of sense, but there is now another high end market of city, touring and randonneur bikes, usually custom lugged steel, that cost as much as the latest carbon fiber racer. Builders and buyers in this market segment are left scrounging around ebay and parts bins for suitable high end components.
Maybe a market opportunity for Campagnolo? They could give it a name like Alpina or call it a cross chainset so buyers don’t feel like they are getting the girly-man set-up.