Re: [CR]GNUTTI aka OFMEGA Question

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Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 00:42:00 -0700
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]GNUTTI aka OFMEGA Question
References: <e1.190ed9c1.28ab64f2@aol.com>


Bikerdaver@aol.com wrote:
>
> Dale et al,
> I was wondering what year did GNUTTI changed their name to OFMEGA. I
> have seen GNUTTI hubs and Headsets on bikes from the early, pre-bike boom
> here in the States. GNUTTI had quite a respectable reputation, but OFMEGA did
> not. When was the name change? And why such a big drop in "prestige". Maybe
> Chuck Schmitt has a catalog or other printed material referring to this.
> Cheers,
> Dave A.

I do have some Gnutti and Ofmega catalogs from different eras, but there are no clues as to when the name change came about. My uneducated guess about the name change would be sometime in the early 70s around the bikeboom.

The big drop in the prestige of the band name would come about from becoming complacent and not competing in the market place with your opposition. In other words, falling behind. Same old story...

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, Southern California
http://www.velo-retro.com (reprints, Campagnolo Timeline and T-shirts)