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Vintage Components - Gipiemme Bottom Brackets

On this page: Gipiemme "Special" Italian threaded road bottom bracket.

Component maker Gipiemme began in Milan as a machine shop in 1964. They soon became a sub-contractor for other parts makers, including, yes, Campagnolo.

The firm's name? It is a common practice in Italy to make a pronounceable company name from they way one would say a set of letters in Italian. GPM would be pronounced roughly Gee-pee-emm'-ay, then spelled Gipiemme. GPM in Italian cycling stands for "Gran Premio della Montagna", points or a prize for a climbing competition in a race like the Giro d'Italia.

The owners of Gipiemme had high ambitions and by the early 1980s the firm was making its own parts, cranksets, brakes, pedals and even bicycle dropouts. Gipiemme sold complete groups under its own name, though their derailleurs were made by Simplex and re-branded GPM. Like other bike parts makers, they eventually developed several quality levels. Sprint was the entry level, followed by Special, which for while was the company's best, until Cronospecial was introduced.

Unsurprisingly, there is a high degree of interchangeability between GPM and Campagnolo parts.

Gipiemme couldn't withstand the flood of technically superior Asian components flooding the market in the late 1980s. The firm decided to concentrate on areas where it could be competitive and now makes fine wheels, hubs and rims.

Gipiemme "Special" Italian bottom bracket 70mm spindle w/ Italian threaded cups (36 x 24) - used, $70.00

Part# BB-20

Spindle length: 116mm

Gipiemme "Special" parts are roughly equal to Campagnolo Nuovo Record level in quality.

Gipiemme bottom bracket

Gipiemme made first-rate components. You can see this bottom bracket is ready to give years of service.

Gipiemme bottom bracket

Classic 4-flat spindle