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It has been a while since the last post, we know… but it was even longer since our last visit to one of the most innovative framebuilders of the Italian school. Mr. Stelio Belletti, founder of “Stelbel” back in the 70′s. We already told you the story of Mr. Stelio, and how he bacame the first one using a TIG torch on a bicycle frame. The purpose of our recent visit was our wish to get a special touch on one of the latest frames we restored, a Stelbel of course. Why apply the original signature decal when you can get the real signature from the guy who build the frame back in the mid 80′s? This frame is a real masterpiece, a lot of care and effort was put in the making, it is also pretty light. More pictures and all details on the selling page. Mr. Stelio is always really happy to see one of his creatures coming back, and it was so interesting to hear about all the tiny details and stories he told us, related to the making of it. Grazie Sig. Stelio, always a great pleasure…
It was just a few months ago when I first got in touch with one of the most important and unknown figures of the Italian framebuilding school, I met him and I was immediately inspired by such a cool almost 70 years old guy. I consider him one of the most skilled welders in all of Italy, he was 13 when he actually had a brazing torch in his hand for the first time. I’m sure that many collectors and Italian school lovers already know a lot about Mr. Stelio Belletti, if not, maybe you will find this post interesting, also check out some of the masterpieces he built here. Here I introduce you a Stelbel Pursuit Pista handmade in December 1986 by Stelio Belletti, pioneer of the TIG welding process on bicycle frames. Frame N° 155 – Columbus tubing. This custom made frame was built for an Italian cyclist named Mario Morselli, and his name is engraved on the two sides of the bottom bracket shell spoiler. The bicycle is equipped with Campagnolo Record pista crankset and hubs. Because of the unique details, the extremely high quality and really small number of frames made, during Stelio’s career, Stelbel bikes are really appreciated by collectors. According to him, not more than 1.000 frames have been made during 20 years of production. When it comes to the Pursuit geometry, not more than 20 have been made. Only for collectors. Hope you like it, as much as I do. Just a note… since a few months there is a problem with the “Stelbel” page on Classic rendezvous, if anyone is a part of the CR community any help to get it fixed will be appreciated. Thank you!
Stelbel Pursuit Pista handmade out of Columbus tubing, in December 1986 by the great Italian artisan Stelio Belletti, pioneer of the TIG welding process on bicycle frames. Frame N° 155. This custom made frame was built for an Italian cyclist named Mario Morselli, and his name is engraved on the two sides of the bottom bracket shell spoiler. Crankset and hubs are Campagnolo Record Pista, 3ttt Stelbel panto stem, 3ttt “hour record” handlebar. Because of the unique details, the extremely high quality and really small number of frames made during Stelio’s career, Stelbel bikes are really appreciated by collectors. According to him, not more than 1.000 frames have been made during 20 years of production. When it comes to the Pursuit geometry, not more than 20 have been made. Only for collectors.Continue reading
His name is Stelio Belletti and now it is easier to understand where the idea for the brand Stelbel came from. It wasn’t so easy to find him, because he is retired now, but after I had one of his bicycled on my hands, I wanted to meet him so badly and finally I found him in the town of Cassano d’Adda, not far from Milan. This 78 year old guy was the pioneer that starting in 1970-71 used the TIG welding technique to build a bicycle frame. He learned how to weld from his father Antenore who – since he moved to Milan from Mantova, before the second world war – was really appreciated for the work on planes fuselages. Stelio started working with his father at the age of 13 just after the war and at that time they had a workshop of their own, a really tiny space in via Amadeo 85. At that time they were really well known as professional welders and other companies asked them to work on different projects, there was the time for different airplanes works and the adventure in the motorcycle world began in 1955. Paton, Guazzoni, Puch Frigerio, Linto are some of the brands equipped with Stebel frames in the 60′s. In 1968 the frame of the champion Mike Haliwood´s Honda gp 500 was handmade by Stelio and his father. But the passion of Mr. Belletti has always been the bicycles, and after a bad experience with a frame that he bought from a friend and didn’t really like, he decided to build up his own frame. His welding technique was the TIG and even if no one had tried it before, that’s what he used. In 1975 he patented his “Integrale” bike frame, that at that time was something really different, look for example at the solution for the rear dropouts here. The fork was made by him with no ready made parts as a fork crown. In 1984 the polish national team at the Los Angeles Olympic games won the gold medal in the time trial, riding Stelbel bicycles. That was the first time the world heard the name Stelio Belletti. He made a revolution in framebuilding, where he put all his knowledge in welding, and changed the attitude of that time where bicycle frames where only made by lugged steel construction. Many, after him, followed his example in the following years. He retired as a frame builder officially in 1991 after circa 20 years and 1.000 frames built, but if a friend will ask him to make a new frame he wont say no… Nowadays, because of the limited production and because of the extremely high quality, the frames made by Stelio Belletti are really well considered by collectors from all over the world. I was really fascinated by his story, here is a picture with a bike that he made for a professional cyclist from the north of Italy in 1988. He said he made only about 20 frames with this kind of geometry! Soon this bike will be for sale on Eroica Cicli.