Re: [Classicrendezvous] THANK YOU Excell/OMAS/GALLI afficiandos

Example: History:Ted Ernst

Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2000 10:24:29 EST
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] THANK YOU Excell/OMAS/GALLI afficiandos

In a message dated 11/12/00 5:32:07 AM, writes:

<< 2. I believe Galli spec'd roller bearings in their BBs, Headsets, and pedals. However, all the Galli pedals I have seen "in the flesh" were never pro quality. I have seen pictures of Galli high-end pedals made by Barelli (of Britain?) that came with the roller bearings. >>

Sorry to get into this discussion so late, but about a 2 yrs ago, I got a full Galli group, and mounted it on my Marinoni. The bearings in the headset and bb were definitely roller bearings. Very heavy, very sturdy. The fork crown race of the headset was unique in that it like a cup instead of a race. Very smooth. I did not take apart the pedals, I do believe they were Barelli made. I can also say they were not as finely finished as Campy. The crank however, was a beaut. Looked like Campy from a distance, but when you looked closer, the part of the crank where it attached to the spider had a flare, instead of being box shaped like the Campy. This seemed to prevent the cracks so prevalent at the crank arm/spider junction. The finish of the crank was second to none, with the back of the crank as nicely finished as the front. The derailluers were nice, the front did not shift as well as my Mavic, for example, but the rear was as nice shifting as any drop type derailluer as I have used. The finish was very nice, too, and I thought it was a Simplex although it did not have it stamped anywhere. The shifters were NR copys, nothing to write home about. Galli had several brake sets: the one I had had an on /off qr, like a Gran Sport Campy, the arms were thin, the pad holders alloy, and there were lots of titanium bits: centerbolt, cable fixing bolt. The springs were really strong, and not much fun to use. The brake levers were the only crappy part of the group: miniscule pivot that led to lots of free play. The lever bodies were not cast, but some other method. Cheap looking, too. The hubs were excellent: They had a finish that was ribbed to the touch, if that is a good way to describe it. The bearings were fine, but out of habit, I swapped out the cones for NR as well as the bearings, and the hubs were way smoother this way. The seatpost was a rebadged TTT, nice, but nothing special. Silver with black flutes. BTW, my group was dark blue. Our webmaster has most of it in his possession now. You can see a pic of the crank at

The rest of the group is not mounted in this photo. Mark (your online flexibility guide)