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The New Whip (Romic Pursuit)

Old 02-25-08, 10:40 PM
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The New Whip (Romic Pursuit)

So, I just picked up a new bike from a guy in town. He raced in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. The bike was last tuned at the Olympic Trials. The bottom bracket will spin for over a minute with crankarms (no grease was used in the BB, only high grade oil). Absolutely in love with this bike.

Here are some specs:
Mid 90's Custom Built Romic Pursuit Frame
Reynolds 708 Tubing
78 degree seat tube
Campagnolo Record Pista Hubs
Dura Ace Track Crankset
Superbe Bottom Bracket
Headset says "OMAS Italy" (anyone know what this is?)
700c Araya Aero 1 Rear wheel with Continental Track Pro Tubular Tire
650c Ambrosio Aero Dynamic Front wheel with Vittoria Pista Seta Ultra P-D Tire
Cinelli Stem
Cinelli Tempo Ultra-Light Tempered aluminum bullhorns
Selle San Marco Rolls saddle
American Classic Equipment seat post










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Old 02-25-08, 10:42 PM
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i would remove a link or two from that chain..
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Old 02-25-08, 10:43 PM
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Yeah, I'm going to remove 1 link and move the wheel forward just haven't gotten to it yet.
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Old 02-25-08, 10:44 PM
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Old 02-25-08, 10:47 PM
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nice bike. Gonna be raced or ridden in the streets?
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Old 02-25-08, 10:51 PM
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Streets for now, hopefully it'll see a track in the future...not many in the area.
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Old 02-25-08, 10:53 PM
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need arrospok


i kid. nice ride dude.
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Old 02-25-08, 11:01 PM
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okay. you are going to ride with risers right? I've ridden with a bike that had a lot of drop like that and risers were the only thing made it manageable
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Old 02-25-08, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
okay. you are going to ride with risers right? I've ridden with a bike that had a lot of drop like that and risers were the only thing made it manageable
Yeah, I imagine I'll eventually end up riding risers. Going to play around with some setups to see what works the best.
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Old 02-25-08, 11:10 PM
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I don't think it is going to be very comfy on the street, risers or not. You could get a pretty penny for just the frame/fork on eBay, use that money to buy a more street-friendly frame and pop those sweet parts on that. That seat-tube is just about at 90degrees, it is really not meant for anything outside of a 'drome.
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Old 02-25-08, 11:18 PM
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78 degree seat tubeeeeeeeeeee
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Old 02-25-08, 11:26 PM
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Non drive side pics are silly.

If I owned that bike, I'd hang it on the wall or take it to the track. It looks great, but it's going to SUCK on the road.
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Old 02-25-08, 11:27 PM
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holy **** is all i have to say
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I answered your question about the OMAS headset in classic & vintage.

Cross posted here for reference:

Swiped from Classic Rendezvous

From the 1984 Bicycle Parts Pacific catalog, courtesy Chuck Schmidt:

THE O.M.A.S. STORY

O.M.A.S. was established near Bologna, Italy in 1960. Initially they manufactured special automobile carburation parts for the world-famous E. WEBER carburator company, a relationship that continues to this day. In 1962, O.M.A.S. began to supply the firm Ruota Amadori, a maker of top-quality magnesium-aloy wheels for cars and motorcycles. This firm eventually was absorbed by the Vincenza company, Brevetta Internazionale Campagnolo. O.M.A.S. then began to manufacture various components of the Campagnolo group, collaborating with Campagnolo until 1977. (They supplied the titanium bolts and ti pedal and BB axles for the Super Record group --ed)

Meanwhile, in 1974, some avid cyclists had proposed that O.M.A.S. make some pieces in special light alloys in order to lighten their bikes. Finding that the components did well in rigorous competition, O.M.A.S. decided to manufacture them in 1975, using the same severe standards required by the carburation industry.

Since then, O.M.A.S. has expanded their line to include hubs, headsets, bottle cages, crank and bottom bracket sets -- with other components in the works. O.M.A.S. research and development rests to a large degree on the advice of world class cyclists, but this advice is combined with the most advanced metallurgy and engineering techniques, along with unbelievable quality-control (O.M.A.S. allows not less than one year between initial experimentation and production, and not less than one-and-a-half years before commercial marketing). This combination produces bicycle components that have quickly established a new industry standard for excellence".


as far as I am aware, they are no longer in business. nice score. dont ride that in the rain, that oil wont last very long. its used to use it on my pedals for ****s and giggles.
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Old 02-26-08, 02:46 AM
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srsly, there is a whole thread for **** like this.
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Old 02-26-08, 04:05 AM
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That's some pretty deep saddle/bar drop.
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Old 02-26-08, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
That seat-tube is just about at 90degrees, it is really not meant for anything outside of a 'drome.
The seattube angle, besides incidental effects on chainstay length and wheelbase doesn't directly effect handling. It's more for fit. For a bike where you're really far forward like this, or with aerobars on TT bikes, the seattube angle is steep so that the angle between your legs and torso is greater and you can breathe better/you're more comfortable. Basically you're just less scrunched up. It just so happens that on many bikes with steep seattube angles, the headtube angle is also steep which DOES affect handling.

Anyway, I'm a big fan of pursuit bikes (I own one), but not so much this one. The frames with sloping TT have a huge potential to be beautiful (read: Pinarelli, Yamaguchi, almost any pursuit bike with a straight top tube), but the sharp kink in the TT and really long wheelbase kinda ruin it for me. The fillet braze or grinded welds look very nice though. The top part of the seatstays is cool, I've got one of those too (whatever it's called.. wishbone stays?)

If you're going to ride it on the street.. I hope it's drilled for a brake. And good luck with the tubulars, you might want to invest in some tougher tires if you're not racing. Also, the fact that oil was used in the BB might be of concern in foul weather.. I'd repack it in grease so it lasts longer. May we ask how much you paid for it?
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Old 02-26-08, 10:32 AM
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put some real grease in the BB.

monostay is the term he was looking for.
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Old 02-26-08, 11:01 AM
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Yeah, I probably won't be riding the bike in foul weather.

I'm going to play around with it a bit to find a comfortable setup.

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Old 02-26-08, 09:07 PM
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what country did he ride for?
I see the stickers on the fork, look eastern european, possibly albania or poland?
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Old 02-26-08, 10:53 PM
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that's a polish sticker, i think.
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Old 02-26-08, 11:21 PM
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^^^ He built frames in Houston, texas till he died in the mid 90s. I raced on one for years. Good bikes.
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