Re: [CR]Mafac 2000 vs. Competitions vs. Racers

Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck

From: "Eric Elman" <>
To: "wayofftheback" <>, <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Mafac 2000 vs. Competitions vs. Racers
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 20:49:03 -0400

To answer John's question of difference between the 2000 and Competition, the 2000 had the same dimensions as I posted earlier for the Racer. Ie. the 2000 had the profile/style of the "sticker version" of the Competition but the greater drop/range of the Racer. The 2000 was also available with the slotted bridge like the Competition.

Eric Elman
Somers, CT

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From: "wayofftheback"
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [CR]Mafac Competitions vs. Racers

> Howdy,
> This is all off the top of my head, without looking at
> my parts stash (except for the gold Mafacs on the
> commuter parked next to me in the office0>
> The original Competition had stamped lettering,
> similar in style to the Racer, and shared the same
> half-hooded lever. Also, these early Competition were
> not anodized, rather having a plain finish similar to
> the Racer. Of course, this version of the Competition
> had the now hard to find "quick release" straddle
> wire.
> The later Competitions were anodized silver or gold.
> Some of them had tire guides, some did not. All the
> gold ones I have seen have had the tire guides. The
> name often was not stamped on many of these; rather,
> it was placed on a little sticker in a depression on
> the left side of the brake (as you face it). These
> stickered brakes were later than than the stamped
> ones, judging by the bikes I have seen them used on.
> The later Competitions also often had better
> levers--fully hooded, often drilled, and of more
> substance than those half hooded levers. The gum
> hooded levers were slighted larger than those with the
> black hoods. Both had barrel adjustors.
> The later ones also sometimes came with a different
> type of straddle wire. These wires were double balls,
> similar to that used by Weinmann et al.
> Mafac also had the 2000, which appeared the same as
> the later Competitions. I have both Competions and
> 2000s, and other than the sticker, I have not noticed
> any difrence between the two. I cannot recall if
> there are any stamped Mafac 2000s. If there is a
> difference between the 2000 and the Competition, I
> would like to know as I may well be ignorant.
> I don't if it helps, but I do believe that there was a
> lot of just "whatever" at Mafac towards the latter
> half of the seventies.
> =====
> John Taglia
> Chicago, Illinois