Marino Super pista, made out of Columbus PS tubing in 1978. Francesco Marino (but often called Franco) is its maker. A man that for 40 years have been working as a framebuilder for most of the major brands of the north of Italy. Based in Treviglio, he was mostly working behind the scene, branding with his own name only a very few bikes. One example of his great craftmanship is this stunning and perfectly preserved ”Super Pista”. Extremely tight clearances, Columbus Pista Sprint (PS) reinforced tubing with oversize chain stays, and a “cromovelato” copper finish. Completely equipped with a Campagnolo Record pista gruppo. The bike was used by a local pro-rider mostly inside the velodrome of Dalmine, back in the late 70′s. Mr. Marino is retired now, after an entire life spent brazing bicycle frames.
One of the very few prototypes ever made, definitely one of the rarest Rossin ever. Probably made in the late 80′s. Early carbon fiber construction, performed by gluing together the two fiber shell of the main triangle of the frame. A steel rear triangle is then integrated to the body. Design to challenge in time trial competition and breaking time records in velodromes, equipped with a pair of 700 and 650 disc wheels and an aero fairing in the front. The stem is directly welded to the fork crown, and the handlebar was made and installed to fit inside such fairing. A nice piece of carbon fiber frame history, that we’re glad to be able to share it with you. A bike rare enough to make it quite difficult in finding much details about it. We also opened a picture gallery here. Not for sale.
Yesterday 9th of April, the “8 Tubi” show opened its door to public, offering on display a selection of frames, handmade especially for this event by some of the most important framebuilders of Italy. Featuring Dario Pegoretti, Tiziano Zullo, Giovanni Pelizzoli, Doriano De Rosa, Cicli Barco, Mattia Paganotti aka “Legor”, Daniel Merenji and the guys from the famous cycle shop in Milan, “La stazione delle biciclette” who are also the host of this event. It was a great opportunity for us to meet some good old friends, and of course to put our eyes on such beautiful creations. We enjoyed it very much and we definitely suggest to stop by if you’re in Milan for the “Salone del Mobile”, the show is taking place in “Viale Ortles 69 – Milan”. All frames will be sold by public auction on the 12th of April, and the earning will be donated to charity. Maybe is a good oppurtunity to bring home a real handcrafted piece of art. More information here. Enjoy a few pictures from last night.
Here he is, wearing his favorite jersey from GBC team. Franco Cortinovis, professional rider between the end of 60′s and beginning of 70′s. Italian Junior champion in 1968 and winner of a Giro d’Italia stage in 1969. But he also partecipate to most of the classic races in that period, such as “Milano -Sanremo” and “Tirreno-Adriatica”. The bike he’s holding is a Masi Gran Criterium, “made to measure” for him by master Faliero Masi in early 70′s, and now carefully restored. Mr. Franco raced with this bike till 1975. His name is engraved on the stem, together with the signature “Joker” logo of his mechanic in mid 70′s, Mr. Maffioletti. Parts are all original. Soon for sale on our website.
A really good costumer asked us to restore it, and that’s the result. Merry christmas to you dear costumer.
We’re working on a special project in these days. Something with a little touch of Columbus tubing and Masi casted parts to it. Soon you’ll know more about it.
We got really excited when we put our hands on this early Ciöcc mod. Special Poker, and got even more excited when Mr. Pelizzoli himself came to our workshop to get a look at it. First thing he said was: “I didn’t sign it 38 years ago when i made it, so I better do it now, since i have the chance to” and that’s what he did. It doesn’t happen often to come across an early Ciöcc frame like this one, so… stay tuned if you would like one. This beauty will be soon for sale, just the time to take some good pictures of it.
We just uploaded our picture gallery, you’ll find it here.
This year we brought a camera… and even if we didn’t use it much, here a small selection of what we liked… we’ve been busy mostly to make connection for future collaborations, and probably soon, we will have some good news for our costumers. Wilier pista from 1965. Casati from Monza (IT). Maybe the best handcrafted frames at the show. De Rosa Neo Classico and Titanio. Tommasini with new vintage awesome paint scheme. Gruppo Spa. A legend from Colnago. Hydraulic disk brakes, it seems the new trend…