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Exon Graftek(5 posts)

Exon GraftekMark Smith
Nov 2, 2002 7:54 AM
I just pulled this nice Graftek out of a guy's basement. It has a Campy Neuvo Record group, Cinelli bar & stem and 27 inch wheels. Should it have 700 c? The rear der has Pat-79 on it. It has not been ridden very much

Have to find some break lever rubber and maybe get rid of the bright yellow cable housing.
cool find ....Spirito
Nov 2, 2002 10:17 AM
there is an appreciation for these and that looks a nice example. i have never seen one in person and if you have time and could post some closer details i and im sure some others would appreciate it.

if the brake pads are at the end length of their travel then i wouldnt think about 700c wheels as its more of a hassle getting the brakes to fit. you could throw a 700c in to try for size - theoretically a 700c is 8mm smaller in diameter (meaning 4mm lower pad drop) but your milage may vary. i tried on one bike and the front was fine whereas the rear needed a drop bolt.

lever hoods are around - originals aren't cheap. i dont think the casing is an eyesore and if its Ok i would leave it and keep it as it came - its no biggie though.

Why can't I ever find Campy-equipped bikes ...Humma Hah
Nov 2, 2002 4:03 PM
... collecting dust in somebody's basement? Whaaaaaah!

It's absolutely a crime that it has not been ridden very much. You will, I hope, ride it?

I would not lose much sleep over the 27" wheels. The tires are available, just not as common as 700c. You could probably find a spare set of wheels for it in 700c with little trouble if you're really picky about having the latest and greatest tires. I've done something like that before, and the biggest hassle is usually a half hour of fiddling with brake adjustment. Your rear dropout spacing is probably 120 mm.
Great find.........Dave Hickey
Nov 3, 2002 7:03 AM
Wasn't this the first "carbon" bike? I think it was made in the 70's. They were made with carbon wrapped aluminum tubes with steel lugs.
re: Exon GraftekGalligruppo
Nov 4, 2002 6:01 AM
Wow, I haven't seen one of those in over 20 years! They were highly exotic back in the day and I remember the magazine ads for them (endorsed by the Stetina brothers).