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On loan from Cape Bicycle & Fitness of Cape Girardeau, MO.
In the 1970s, the familiar oil giant Exxon also had a sporting goods division named Graftek which produced fishing rods, ski poles, golf clubs, tennis rackets, and bicycles from 1975-1978. Graftek engineers understood the potential of carbon fiber and developed a unique hybrid construction method using carbon-fiber wrapped aluminum tubing to create one of the first commercially available carbon-fiber frames, the G1. American racer John Howard and the Exxon-Cool Gear racing team promoted and used the Graftek frames to win 11 US national road and track championships in 11 years. Besides having a modern look, the bikes were also one to two pounds lighter than contemporary steel bikes.
Designer/builder: Exxon Graftek
Country of Origin: South Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
Weight: 9072g/ 20lbs.