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Old 01-11-22, 03:54 PM
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Vintage Campagnolo Headset Identification Help

Can anyone help me ID this old Campy headset? I'm sure it's not SR and I believe Nuovo Record would have ben stamped as well. Is this essentially a cheaper, non-series model for OEM, or...? Please school me!


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Old 01-11-22, 04:07 PM
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Gran Sport? https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.a...m=111&AbsPos=0
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Old 01-11-22, 05:07 PM
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That's it - thanks, P!N20!

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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
Definitely. '70s vintage. They had a different headset called Gran Sport starting in about 1958 I think, superceded by the modern Record. (Gran Sport was the top of the line in the '50s, but a second-tier product by the '70s)

The '70s Gran Sport looks similar to a Record Pista of the same vintage, except for the two wrench flats on the threaded race, versus how many on a Record? Eight I think, without looking at one.

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Yes, Gran Sport. These are often confused with Record pista headsets, the salient difference being that the threaded cup has two flats on the Gran Sport, while the Record pista has eight. Like the Record pista, Gran Sport uses 5/32" balls, while Record road uses 3/16" balls. This gives it a lower stack height than Record road, which can be useful if your steer tube is cut too short.
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I had one of these and it loved to gobble up sand flicked up from the front wheel in the gap between the crown race and bottom cup. If you do install it I'd add some shorty fenders or some other way of keeping it clean.
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I had one of these and it loved to gobble up sand flicked up from the front wheel in the gap between the crown race and bottom cup. If you do install it I'd add some shorty fenders or some other way of keeping it clean.
I never had that problem with the Gran Sport headset, but perhaps I don't ride in as gritty conditions as you.

A short section of inner tube stretched over the lower stack will also protect it from grit intrusion.
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