Re: [CR]1970s Fiamme Rims

(Example: Racing)

Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 05:04:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
Subject: Re: [CR]1970s Fiamme Rims
To: Tom Cagan <>,
In-Reply-To: <BAY101-F4657088751D9B883E14EE91F30@phx.gbl>

Tom, the nuts that thread onto the spokes to tighten them are referred to as spoke nipples. And I believe Fiamme red label rims do indeed have eyelets as most other rims do. Fiamme (Flame) red label were pretty much the standard on high end Italian bikes and on lots of non-Italian bikes in the early 70's. There were other Italian rims of course, but Fiamme was most common, like Super Champion on French bikes. The red labels were relatively heavy duty, like the Super Champion Arc-en-Ciel. There were also the Fiamme yellow labels which were a bit lighter and the Fiamme Ergals (gold label) which were a lot lighter. I think I have at least one pair of all three of these Fiamme models. I seem to recall a blue label, which might have been a clincher rim.


Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX

Tom Cagan <> wrote: Hi, I have a pair of Fiamme Red Lable rims (Tubular) on my bike that were built up in early 1972. I wonder if someone on the list could tell me something about them? They have weathered the years quite well, but could use a good polishing. The rims seem to have a eyeslet where the spoke tighning portion of the spoke goes into the rim (please let me know what this part is called). Any history on Fiamme, and are they still in business?

Tom Cagan
West Hills (San Fernando Valley) CA