1980 Olmo Super Gentleman

s-l1600-3 copy

Completely original, a complete Campagnolo Gran Sport group, the asking price wasn’t much more than a good pair of dress shoes, and it’s an Olmo. How could I say no?  The Super Gentlemen was to Olmo what the Gran Premio was to Legnano, a respectable club racer. Having said that, the frame is nicely finished with the Olmo logo pantographed into the fork crown and the top of the seat stays, Gipiemme dropouts front and rear, bosses on the down tube for the shifters and cable guides on the bottom bracket and top tube.

Without toe clips, straps and air in the tires, the bike as you see it above weighs in just under 10 kgs or 22 lbs, a tad lighter than the Team Raleigh that Zoop Zoetemelk rode to victory in the 1980 TdF.  In fact with the odd exception it wasn’t until the mid to late 90’s that winners of the TdF and the other grand tours were crossing the finish line on sub 9kgs/20lbs bikes.

I acquired the bike in August of 2016 from its previous owner, Mario Viotto of Villar San Constanzo, Italy, a small town about an hour from Turin. The overall condition of the bike is very good although the frame is definitely in need of new paint and decals, and the chrome plating on the fork crown may also need to be redone. Otherwise the Campagnolo Gran Sport group has very few scuffs or scapes and should clean up well. Here is a page from the Olmo catalog showing what the bike looked like when new.

8
8a

And a few more photos of the bike as it arrived.

s-l1600-2
s-l1600-4s-l1600-6
s-l1600-5
s-l1600-1

Here is a blueprint of the bike as it was received:

Model:   Olmo Super Gentleman ‘Z’
Year:   1980
Serial No:  none
Frame Size:
  57 cm (ctc)  58.0 cm (ctt)
Total Weight: 9.85kg or 21.72lbs (as shown above)
Frame Weight: 2.98kg or 6.57lbs (no bb or headset)
Tubing:  Columbus Zeta
Dropouts:  Gipiemme
Crankset:  Campagnolo Gran Sport (42/52) 170mm – both inside arms stamped 80
Bottom Bracket:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Pedals:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Toe Clips:  na
Front Derailleur:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Rear Derailleur:  Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport
Shifters:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Freewheel:  Regina Extra (6 speed)
Chain: Regina Oro
Front Hub: Campagnolo Gran Sport (Nuovo Tipo) LF 36H
Rear Hub: Campagnolo Gran Sport (Nuovo Tipo) LF 36H – Locknuts stamped 78
Rims:  Mavic Monthlery tubular 36 hole w eyelets
Spokes:  na
Handlebars: 3TTT TdF
Handlebar Stem:
  3TTT
Headset:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Brake Levers:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Brake Callipers:  Campagnolo Gran Sport
Seatpost: Campagnolo Gran Sport (26.6mm OD)
Seat:  Olmo (per Selle Italia?)

 

 

• • •