[CR]Not Campy

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Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 12:06:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: Tom Dalton <tom_s_dalton@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Not Campy

Gippiemme and Gali both marketed full groups, at least in the early 80's, and I think earlier. Their best groups were attempts to match NR/SR quality and features, though whether they did so is another matter. OMAS offered a more limited range, with headsets, BB's, cranks, and lightweight bolt kits. Their stuff was more of an "upgrade" to NR/SR in that they tended to use even lighter materials. It was pretty exotic stuff. I had an OMAS headest that not only had alloy lower cup and adjusting race in alloy with a steel inset (like SR) but also had an alloy upper race and crown race, also with steel inserts. It had tiny (1/8") balls and seemed to run forever. Their top BB's had Ti spindles, cartridge bearings and alloy cups and lockrings. The hubs had alloy parts a-plenty. It was more full-race than even SR, light, and often delicate. Not to good stuff in the hands of average mechanics. As a contractor OMAS made the titanium parts for Campy SR.

Tom Dalton Bethlehem, no alloy, no ti, just steel here, PA

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