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    Default Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Could not find a thread on these bikes so here goes.

    Frame cleaned up with new decals and clear coat by Dave Chekas at Southwest Frameworks here in Dallas.

    Mostly Super Record build and Nisi rims to Campy hubs built by Joe Young.

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Carbon with steel lugs? Very cool.

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    IIRC all the lugs except the BB shell were stainless steel.

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Very nice. Brielle Cycles in NJ has a frameset which was never built up. It is Hanging in the shop, fun piece of history.
     

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    That's a piece of history. I love the machined seatpost. Paging the Stetina brothers....
     

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Not that it would be appropriate for this bike, but it looks like there is clearance to fit a fairly fat tire.
     

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    It always bothers me a bit when there is a really nice restoration and somebody writes, "Hey...you really need a _______"...Anyhow, here I go....This bike is crying out for a Cool Gear saddle BIG TIME....I wonder if any still exist?
     

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Wow, really cool bike. How is the ride?

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    I've never looked carefully at pictures of one of these. Thanks for that.
     

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Back in the day I worked in a shop where the owner also built frames. We sold one or two of the Grafteks at the time. I remember him buying a complete set of the stainless Graftek parts, as these were the first stainless steel lugs we'd seen anywhere, and he had intended to shape them and use them to build a steel silver brazed frame. Don't think he ever got to that project though.Brings back memories.
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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Quote Originally Posted by El Chaba View Post
    It always bothers me a bit when there is a really nice restoration and somebody writes, "Hey...you really need a _______"...Anyhow, here I go....This bike is crying out for a Cool Gear saddle BIG TIME....I wonder if any still exist?
    The Seat was terrible and broke regularly (but you knew that).

    Could get by with just a pair of Cool Gear gloves (#240 with the rainbow stripes).

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    I saw one of these bikes for the first time today at my lbs, memorizing rig.
     

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    We had a Graftek downtube in shop where I worked. They were surprisingly slender. And not all carbon. There was an aluminum inner sleeve. I think I remember the tube fitting inside one of the Trek 2500 tubes the rep had, but that might have been a tube from a KG86. I remember that as the era in which the reps would come in and tell us about how much better the new frames were, but if you got a customer who actually used the bike, they would still come apart. So he'd say his piece and all our questions were about the warranty.
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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    I have two sets of these lugs if anyone is feeling adventurous.
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    I tried one of those old Graftex and a Teledyne Titan back in the day. Both made a Vitus seem like a stiff frame. I met the guy who bought the Teledyne shop bits /tubes after they quit production. After a year or so the Graftex folks called him and wondered if he was interested in buying their shop bits /tubes as well. He politely declined. If any one wants a Teledyne titan, I think he still has a few tubes.
     

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    What a memory trip! I was the lead bicycle engineer at Graftek/Exxon during the 1966 Olympics. The rear dropouts pictured above were my design. Much prettier than the cludge we had to quickly fabricate as the sport moved from 5 gear sprockets to 6 soon before the Olympics started. Didn't have time to rebuild frames for the wider wheels, so we did a braze and chrome plate job to put in offsets that allowed the wider wheel. Got to ride with the team on a Lake Placid training ride and that was a kick. Any contacts, please use my site at ctaservices (dot) com as I don't visit here often.

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    Default Re: Exxon Graftek Carbon Fiber

    Correction: '76 Olympics, (I'm senile;)
     

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