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Gipiemme bicycle seat posts

Gipiemme seatposts on this page: Sprint seat post, 27.2mm x 250mm

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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 Sprint seat post, 27.2mm x 250mm. Used, $70.00/each

Single-bolt Laprade-style design.

Gipiemme Sprint seat post

Front view. Most of the marks on the post will be hidden when it is properly inserted.

Gipiemme Sprint headset

Close-up of the limit line and the post diameter

Gipiemme seat post

The Laprade saddle mount

Gipiemme seat post

Side view

Gipiemme Sprint seat post

The other side

Gipiemme seat post

From behind.

Gipiemme Sprint seat post

And from the top