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Road Test/Bike Review (1973) Crescent "Pepita" Special

Old 05-16-19, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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The house brand headset and Gran Sport shift levers suggest a 319 model rather than a 320.

Magazine article covers a model 320.

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Originally Posted by cyclophilia View Post
The Crescent Pepita is also legendary, some say "infamous," for toe clip overlap.
Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
Somebody needs to explain.. why "Pepita"? Isn't that basically "pumpkin seed"? By the way, I remember seeing a Cresent for the very first time at a bike swap and the first thing that caught my eye was the checkered flag pattern on the top tube... I just thought that was brilliant and special, all at the same time. Kudos to the Cresent graphic designers.
Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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thanks for the response.

have not previously heard tell of a 318/319/320 with a CH shell.

the 319 & 320 models i recall were all metric ("french") shell.

IIRC some ot the 318's with the MAEDA ends set came through with BSC shells.

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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite View Post
Yikes! So maybe they don't age well.
Two frames: one, 1972/1973 original paint/decals (with a little embellishment), Camp GRAN SPORT/VALENTINO(Extra), Stronglight/Simplex, Weinmann, NISI, Ideale, AVA, factory steel post and headset.
The other, 1973/1974 powder-coated frame and fork; rebuilding with complete OE Camp NUOVO RECORD/RECORD gruppo (components dated 1973 from frame), 3t, Ideale 45.
Both frames have closed BB shells that at 68mm, French threads (Stronglight, Camp), Camp front and rear dropouts with eyelets, and no braze-ons.
Brake bridges are different, see photo.
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Crescent frames

I've had toe overlap with the front tire on many frames; Colnago, Gios, Tommasini, Fondriest, etc.
The newly painted frame will probably be sold after build-up due to size (approximately 60 cm c-c ST). I have an excellent set of replacement decals, but will leave off if someone wishes to paint to their liking and then apply decals.
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Old 05-16-19, 05:43 PM
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That frame looks just like my old crescent, except the decals... the 60cm one. Including the suntour cable stop.

did you get it with a chopped belt saddle and superbe pro pedals?
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That frame looks just like my old crescent, except the decals... the 60cm one. Including the suntour cable stop.

did you get it with a chopped belt saddle and superbe pro pedals?
That stop on the chainstay is a Shimano, should be Camp, like smaller frame. I'd like to know when all the Sun Tour stuff started to become standard equipment (including the dropouts!).
The saddle I originally had when purchased was a "belt" saddle, a modified Fuji, which broke in half on me last year during a ride, replacing with an Ideale #80 (the '72 has an Ideale #45 which was OE to the bike); but I believe the '74 had a Brooks Pro/B.17 on it.
The pedals were Camp Nuovo Record/Record.
I'll probably be removing 60cm bike from the inventory and build up the '72 as a "Special" with all the Camp Nuovo Record/Record components replacing the Valentino/Gran Sport/Weinmann parts. The 60cm size is a "little off", as I am 5'7" and normally ride a 52cm give or take, but after riding a 57cm for years, large frames are just fine when I set them up for my arm/leg reach. I still have an old 60cm Olmo I enjoy riding, just can't use the 172.5 cranks!
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The 320 I picked up a week ago. The saddle, wheels, chain rings, brakes and brake levers are not original. The rest looks about right. Campy dropouts, french BB threading. I believe it is a 1971 model.

Sugino chainrings, Suntour Superbe brakes and levers, Avocet saddle, Suntour Vx wheels.


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Somebody needs to explain.. why "Pepita"? Isn't that basically "pumpkin seed"? By the way, I remember seeing a Cresent for the very first time at a bike swap and the first thing that caught my eye was the checkered flag pattern on the top tube... I just thought that was brilliant and special, all at the same time. Kudos to the Cresent graphic designers.
From what I've heard, the "Pepita" description is related to the orange color which resembles pumpkin color, although there were other colors available it was Crescent's signature color at the time. "Petitas" were a range of models not a specific model in and of itself. I just painted some items for my friend's bike and "pumpkin" orange was used; same Crescent "Pepita" color as my original paint. The "Special" was essentially a group change from Gran Sport/Mavic (or similar groups) to Nuovo Record; my earlier "cheaper" frame has Stronglight cottered cranks, so probably the lowest model of the range. Their lower models did not use any 531. Both of my frames have are Reynolds 531, but I know Vitus tubing was used on some models. I believe the top end models only used 531. Models mumbers were 32xxx, and 31xxx series. Of course I'm sure I'm incorrect on many counts, but I try.
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