Ofmega Linea
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Category:  Bottom Brackets
Name:  Ofmega Linea
Brand:  Ofmega
Primary Group:  Linea
Model:  Linea
Years:  N/A
Country:  Italy
Added By: JFischer on 11/30/07
Updated By: JFischer on 01/08/08
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Ofmega Linea
Bearing Size/Count per side1/4" / 10x10Spindle Markings
Fixed Cup MarkingsAdjustable Cup Markings
Spindle StyleSquare Taper (Ofmega)Axle MaterialSteel
Available ThreadingsLength(s)
Tools NeededSpanner, Locknut Wrench and Fixed Cup Wrench  
General Information
Bottom bracket for the Ofmega Linea crankset, as well as the Regina branded version under the group America 1992.
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LineaOfmega1992 - , Road RaceView 5 Components
Details:   The Linea groupset is possibly the last good quality groupset that Ofmega made. It appears that the Linea series replaced the Master groupo. As with many Ofmega offers in the late 1980s, the newer set is a step down from older. Only the cranks could, possibly, be seen as an improvement. The slightly clunky, retro Master cranks are stepped and can look cheap. However, the Linea cranks are smoothed out and vaguely reminiscent of Campagnolo's early 1990s cheaper offers. The Master cranks' lines did, however, follow the stepped lines found in the rest of the groupset. Even here, the Linea range fails.

In contrast, the derailleurs look like a Master (already the cheaper Ofmega offering) made by a bloke working in a shed at the end of the garden with sheets of aluminium, a hacksaw and a round-ended hammer. Even Ofmega fans will admit that the Linea derailleurs are cheap rubbish knock-offs of the beautiful Master derailleurs. This is probably because Ofmega had stopped making their own derailleurs; at some point (possibly 1987), the derailleurs were made by Simplex. Both the derailleurs are Simplex SX.

The rest of the groupset is, in essence, the same as the Master groupo with Linea printed on it. Often, boxed groupsets contained older Master front derailleurs (which, in turn, looked like the Premier mechs) printed up as "Linea" (like the black anodised example shown above). The quality of these derailleurs is clearly superior to those found in the standard groupsets. It could be said that it is a homage to the prior groupset but it could also be said that Ofmega became lazy. It seems a great shame that the company that brought innovation, beauty and mild insanity back to the Italian components scene dropped so quickly and so badly. What followed was the truely horrible Sierra groupsets with plastic coated, steel, one-piece cranks.
Brand Information(click to expand)

Ofmega SpA was an Italian motorbike and bicycle components company producing high quality components in a variety of ranges: including Master, Mistral (for both road and track), Mundial (a cheaper, slightly later version of Mistral), Competizione, Super Competizione, Linea, Premier, Gran Premio and CX for the road and Sierra for mountain bikes. There were probably more, including at least one other pista/track range. They also produced children's cranksets, individual chainrings and other small components.

The company had a reputation of making slightly (or really) innovative products that were made to a very high quality. Their Mistral dérailleur range, made from a high density, strong plastic, were considered to be amongst the lightest on the market and, certainly, the most colourful. The Mistral range included five (possibly more) colour-coordinated groupsets (both front and rear dérailleurs and "Sintesi" pedals); Pink ("Maglia Rosa" - "Pink Jersey"), Yellow ("Maillot Jaune" - "Yellow Jersey") and Blue ("Squadra Azzura" - "Blue Team" after the Italian national team), Black and Whitest/grey (it  would be nice to think that this was the "Milk Race" but probably not). There may have been a green variety but this may just be someone seeing a blue item that had been bleached out in strong sunlight - apparently the blue form was prone to bleaching. A cheaper version of the Mistral rear dérailleurs were produced as the "Mundial" range (with an aluminium jockey-wheel cage and no adjustable barrel spring) but only in black.

The Mistral range was not their only colourfull offering. From the mid-1990s Ofmega started to produce the Sierra range, which was mostly appalling. However, there was a spin-off groupo called Sirio. Sirio cranks came in at least two colours, bright pink and acidic green, whereas, the Sierra range came mostly in black, grey and white. It was these groups that had their production moved in Slovakia in 2000. In addition, the Competizione groupset came anodised in red, blue or gold, as well as plain aluminium: The anodised components included hubs, chainrings and pedals.

Ofmega made or rebranded components for other bicycle brands, such as Bianchi, Colnago, Legnano, Regina and Avocet. At one point, most of the Avocet component range was made by Ofmega. Often, the rebranding is just an added pantographed logo (in the Colnago case, it is the singature of Ernasto Colnago). However, in the case of Legnano branded components, the logo is engraved into the item. It may be that some items were made by other companies, such as the Simplex, in the late 1980s and 1990s. It is thought that the gear shifters for the "Mistral" range were made by Modolo; the cronos shifters look very similar. However, on close inspection, the two aren't that similar and Ofmega claim to have made them themselves.

They made most of the sets, including hubs, cranks, headsets, freewheels, front and rear dérailleurs, as well as odd small parts. Ofmega appeared to have outsourced their dérailleur production to Simplex in 1987 (Michael Sweatman, Disraeli Gears), and some Simplex derailleurs were labelled Ofmega. This lead to an apparent lowering in quality. However, some of their latest items were of a very good standard.

Ofmega missing groups (a list of groupsets not yet represented on Velobase): Strada (may be the same as Competizione or Master), Nuovo Competizione, Vega, Acero, Motion, Rover, Sierra, Lusso, BMX, Nuovo Mistral, Vantage 2 (some of these may be after the period). The "BMX" kit that Ofmega made in the period are smaller "Mundial" pieces. The carbon mountain bike cranks and the glorious "Nuovo Mistral" carbon cranks were the last things that Ofmega took to bike trade shows.

 
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