Posts Tagged ‘Bianchi’

The more things change… Fausto Coppi (5′ 9½”) and Alberto Contador (5′ 9½”) position on the bike.

Coppi Contador bikes

Note that although there is a bigger drop from saddle to stem on Contador’s bike the default modern position in the hoods is actually higher then the old in the drops position of Coppi.


I plugged in the geometry of Coppi’s 1949 Bianchi which can be found in the Winter 2008 issue of BQ and a Specialized Tarmac SL3. It doesn’t look it in the photo but the front and back are equally shorter so weight distribution does not change as was pointed out in the comments. I thought the longer stem on the modern bike might provide additional leverage but Coppi’s stem was 115 and I chose a 130 for the Specialized and looking at the drawing the difference is not dramatic. For a rider switching between the hoods and the drops while racing the contact points are very similar between the 2 geometries.

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Steel all'italianoEven with the ascendancy of carbon among the top Italian builders there are still drool worthy steel frames coming out of Italy. While retro paint jobs that harken back to steel’s glory days seem to be the rule there is also some very forward looking, very Italian styling to be had in steel.


More reserved then some of Colnago’s pimped out extravaganzas this Master X-Light paint job has all the elements of the modern Colnago finishes pared down to the essentials.

Sexy Cinelli in Columbus XCr stainlesssteel tubing with a beautiful metal head badge:


A steel Bianchi in simple (actually a bit bland in this company) classic Celeste:


And then there’s the one and only Dario Pegoretti. His paint finishes bring to mind the BMW Art Car project. Except that none of the artists who painted BMW’s had as intimate a relationship with thier automotive ‘canvas’ as Dario has with his frames:

Buonasera Signorina fork crown image (left) via bikemag.hu     







Pegoretti Marcelo, Custom Italian Spaghetti via The Competitive Cyclist

Pegoretti Marcello

 Pegoretti Marcelo via Gitabike


Pegoretti Responsorium, Basquiat via The Competitive Cyclist


Pegoretti Marcelo, Baci via The Competitive Cyclist


Pegoretti Marcelo, Thelonious via The Competitive Cyclist


Pegoretti Responsorium, Ciaveté via Jasonwg’s Pegoretti Responsorium Flickr set


Pegoretti Marcelo, Why Not via Gitabike

Pegoretti Responsorium, Ciaveté

Pegoretti Responsorium, Ciaveté via The Competitive Cyclist

Tiziano Zullo is another smaller builder producing mostly steel frames:

Zullo Vergine

Zullo Virgene, Columbus XCr stainless steel via Zullo

Zullo Touring

Zullo Tour’91 via Zullo

Zullo Inqubo

Zullo Inqubo via Zullo

For more images and info see:

Dario Pegoretti 

Lot’s more info and pics of Pegoretti frames and bicycles at: The Competitive Cyclist. The Competitive Cyclist has the best designed retail web site on the net and it’s functional as well as beautiful. Lot’s of info and images, worth a visit.

For more Pergoretti also see: Dream Bike. An excerpt from their description of the Responsorium paint finishes: The only real options for Ciavete are a specific color request or a request for no foul language on the frame. One client was asked what he wanted on the top tube, the client replied, “I don’t give a fuck,” so when he got the bike “I don’t give a fuck” was on the top tube. 

Racing a Pegoretti, from the Above Category Blog (Above Category is a cycle shop in Mill Valley, California).

Flickr : 

Dirik’s photostream (Pegoretti Luigino and Duende)

Modulate’s Colnago Master X-Light set

Molto Colnago

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