First of all we’d like to thank you all the guys down at the Passoni workshop that have been extremely kind and available to our requests. The reason of our visit was primarily related to getting more information about our recently acquired Passoni TOP frame-set, but surely we were also extremely curious to get a look around in one of Italy finest workshops when it comes to manufacturing titanium racing frames. What we found was a clean and organized space, were all phases of construction take place in house. Starting from tubes mitering, moving on to frame assembly, skilled welding, and completing the process with an accurate and long phase of finishing. Each frame that comes out of the hands of the master frame-builder i the result of a custom job, and always made to measure. Quite interesting was the final assembly station, were hi-end Passoni frames are equipped with only the best parts available on the market, always resulting in stunning masterpieces. The care put into details is not common to the bicycle industry, only a truly handmade frame can aim to achieve this quality standard. Head over to the Passoni website to get more information about these stunning handcrafted titanium and stainless steel racing machines. Thanks to the information received we were able to date our frame with serial #678 precisely to the year 1994, and to discover something more about the craft and materials used back then. So once again, thank you to all Passoni staff to have us there and show us around. And now a few pictures for you to enjoy,
For sure one of the nicest pieces of steel we’ve laid our hands on so far, even if this is just a modern replica of the famous model from the late 60′s. A collector friend of ours, with a great sense of taste we might add, asked us to help him add something quite spectacular to his collection, a Masi cronometro made for the Faema team. Thanks to the skills of the master builder Alberto Masi his wish became reality. A replica of the frame was manufactured, together with a specially designed slotted fork. The building, as requested by our good friend, is a tribute to the drilling and milling of the old days and the final result left us quite happy. We hope you’ll enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoy this project.
To be considered as new, it looks like it was kept in a time capsule. Hope you like it, cause it’s now for sale
Today we received a couple of pictures of something that looks quite spectacular. An Italian collector ask us if we were interested in sharing these pictures of what it looks like a primordial Cinelli Laser, and after seeing the pictures, indeed we were. It’s hard to come to a definitive conclusion, but all details lead us to believe this can be a genuine Laser prototype. We did’t receive many pictures, but here is what we have to share with you.
A stunning Gianni Motta model “pista inseguimento” with a 24″ front wheel is something rare to come across, especially if preserved and well kept as this one. Now, it’s even more rare… the frame have been autographed by Gianni Motta himself, that we tracked down and found doing some gardening at home! Now we know where you live Gianni, we’ll be back!
Our selection of pictures taken at Milanese expo and swap-meet of vintage cars&cycles, an event that since several years is taking place twice a year just next to the Linate Airport in Novegro. Mostly focused on engine-based items, but in the latest years, showing more and more interest on vintage bicycles. A good occasion to meet old and new friends, that gave us the opportunity to be inspired to start working on new projects and maybe new collaborations.