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Gian Robert Competition gold

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In the late 1970s Gian Robert bowed to the inevitable and started to use aluminium on their mid and high-end models. The Competition was their top-of-the-range all aluminium model.

Although the Gian Robert Competition is merely another copy of a Campagnolo Nuovo Record, I rather like it. I like the way the adjustment screws are integrated into the knuckles, I like the clean lines and I like the weight. The finish is not Campagnolo class, but the aesthetics are an improvement. The funky lightening ‘pits’ drilled into the pulley cage plates are original.

This is a rather 'bling' gold model with black bolts. Not everyone can make gold look truly tacky - but Gian Robert had a special genius.


  • Derailleur brands: Gian Robert
  • Themes: Ultra-lightweight - road racing models, A riot of colour
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1978?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 168g
  • Maximum cog: 32 teeth (claimed by Gian Robert)
  • Total capacity: 26 teeth?
  • Pulley centre to centre: 46mm
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 3/32”
  • Logic: top normal
  • B pivot: unsprung
  • P pivot: sprung
  • Materials: aluminium
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