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 Post subject: Gran-Compe. Nice or Tat?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:15 pm 
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I have a set of what looks like NOS Gran-Compe non-aero brake levers. Well, I say a set as I have found only one. The other lies somewhere in my loft. Is it worth tracking it down or should I wait for a Campagnolo set to come along?

Are they anything to do with Dia Compe?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:53 am 
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IIRC sort of top end DiaCompe. They made some nice lightweight components. Rarer than Campag, which depending on your point of view could be a point in their favour.


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Gran Compe was a Dia Compe model range with Weinmann-esq side caliper stirrups (ref GC-500N) and levers with rubber hoods and drilled levers (ref GC-160).

They'll be fine for an 80's period restoration, especially if you have the rubber hoods as, generally speaking, period hoods are now like the proverbial rocking-horse dung!

However, if you have Campagnolo stirrups, then matching levers are a must!


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Old Ned wrote:
Gran Compe was a Dia Compe model range with Weinmann-esq side caliper stirrups (ref GC-500N) and levers with rubber hoods and drilled levers (ref GC-160).

They'll be fine for an 80's period restoration, especially if you have the rubber hoods as, generally speaking, period hoods are now like the proverbial rocking-horse dung!

However, if you have Campagnolo stirrups, then matching levers are a must!


Looks like I'm in for an epic up the loft then. I have a selection of old brake parts and I'm sure the ones on the bike originally were black DiaCompe. The levers and hoods appear to be new.


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