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Old 12-01-18, 02:22 PM
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Curiosity of vintage F.I.R. Italy components

I'm lacing a wheelset using F.i.R. EA50 rims which lead me to research more of this maker. I noticed on velobase some attractive derailleurs,though no specs and very little is mentioned.

Anyone care to share?
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I never really noticed them before but they most certainly are rebranded, maybe Dia Compe brakes and Sachs derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I never really noticed them before but they most certainly are rebranded, maybe Dia Compe brakes and Sachs derailleurs.
I have two NOS pair of Fir rims, I bought them as I saw them way back on a Confente and I suspected they were original to the bike.
I have not built them up, seem quality. the pairs I have are not especially lightweight, but most rims in the 390-410 gram weight range are plenty stout enough. I was not aware their were any other branded components.
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'As seen on PC' they appear circa 1980's. Race changer short cage. Marked, Italy





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Interesting! There are no entries at velobase.com for these components, nor are there any images at disrealigears.co.uk .
You are in a position to contribute to both these resources. I had never heard of this marque before. Apparently, Fabricca Italia Ruote ( Italian Wheel Factory) had "disappeared" from the market in 2005, but had a website as of 2012. They apparently sought to expand their offerings from more than rims to components during the Eighties. They created their own designs rather than simply rebadge another product ( at least according to disrealigears.co.uk).
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Those derailleurs are cool. I have a set of FIR EL 25 rims that came OEM on my ‘89 Bianchi.
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I recently bought a Chorus hubbed, FIR Sirius rimmed wheelset for my Bottecchia Professional SL bike and this is the first time I owned wheels with FIR rims. So far they are feeling really nice, stable and solid on the road. Not surprising as they are not that light, as far as tubular rims go, but I have a feeling that these will be wheels that I would hardly have to true back straight through the years I will own it. Found out researching FIR rims that they do have a reputation for being high quality, reliable, tough rims.
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The subject derailleurs are from the early 1990s FIR Gemini group. I saw this group in 1993. They were FIR proprietary design but reportedly contract manufactured by Campagnolo. The rear was 8 speed index compatible for Campagnolo spacing. The levers were down tube only and index/friction switchable. At the time, FIR also had a crankset, cartridge bottom bracket (steel or titanium spindles), hubset with a Campagnolo compatible freehub, single pivot brakeset, headset, seat post and, of course, rims.
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^thanks as always, T-mar

More tidbits;

FIR (Fabbrica Italiana Ruote) wheels have enjoyed an influential part in cycling history. Past riders have included Mario Cipollini and they have enjoyed many podiums in both road and off road events.

A Brief History:

1956: Arrigoni brothers found FIR in Boltiere (Bergamo province)

1960-1970 FIR introduces the quality control during the manufacturing process and selects some professional cycling teams to test its new products.

1980 FIR is the first wheels’ manufacturer to introduce the use of carbon in wheel manufacturing process, creating the “Aru System”.
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Pretty sure Fiamme became F.I.R. or at least a part of it.

Not positive, but worth a bet.
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I went back and checked some magazines circa 1993 and found a 1993 road test of a Pesenti Carbon with the FiR Gemini components. The article mentions that the components were "new", implying that they came out circa 1993. So, they're more mid-1990s than early 1990s.

I also found evidence of a 1993-1994 UCI category 2 team, Rossin-FiR. This is the only team I've aware of that had major FiR sponsorship, outside of the 1991 Jolly-Club 88-FiR team. Given the era and level of sponsorship,it's possible that they used the FiR Gemini group but I haven't been able to find any photographic evidence.

Arguably, FiR's biggest success in the mid-1990s came courtesy of Tony Rominger. He used FiR disc wheels to set his 1994 Hour Records and used FiR rims in winning the 1995 Giro d'Italia.

I also just realized that I've been previously incorrect in typing the brand name. It is FiR, not FIR.


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