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TESTIMONIALS

Testimonials

Here's what our fellow cyclists said about riding our steel frames

Alex,

Just a quick note to let you know about how my Power+ is coming along.

For background, I’m a recent convert to cycling having played rugby and raced motorcycles for the last 20 years.

Almost all my riding is between 30-70 miles with 3,000-4,000’ of climbing.

I’m not fast, can’t climb or TT, don’t race or style myself as one but love being outside getting exercise and spending time with riding buddies or meeting new ones.

As you may recall, I was recently on a Fondriest X-Status steel race bike that I loved, a new-old-stock frame that I found and built up with Campagnolo Record 11 gruppo.

However it was too big for me.

Prior to that I was on a Specialized Tarmac which, while being extremely responsive, was tiring to ride after 2 hours.

My hands were always numb which is why I switched to the steel Fondriest.

I learned about Officina Battaglin when your Marosticana was featured in an article in Peloton magazine maybe 2 years ago.

The craftsmanship, paint and backstory of your family’s business hooked me then and I’ve followed the company online ever since.

Truth be told, my dream bike is your Portofino but I was hesitant to commit the funds and time never having bought a bike long-distance before.

I like traditional frame lines and was considering the Power+ but frankly wasn’t enthused with the sloping frame or “racer’s attitude” so when we discussed sizing and ride characteristics and you indicated it would be built in a traditional manner plus with blue colorway I was “all in”!

It’s been about a month now and while I’m still fiddling with some minor set up adjustments I can definitively say it rides wonderfully!

The geometry is tight & responsive but the frame soaks up the road in spades!

My build is a full Campagnolo Super record along with Campagnolo Bora 35 wheels and 25mm tires which I make it handle sublimely.

It corners like on rails, descends super stable, pulls up hills with a lot less effort than what I was used to.

It just feels “rock solid”.

The workmanship is first-rate as is the finish.

I had one fellow ask me how I liked my new carbon bike - the welds are that seamless!

He was shocked it was steel.

Almost everyone is surprised a how light it is, 17.5 lbs., which I think goes a long ways towards demystifying the “steel is heavy” thought.

I’ve ridden about 500 miles on it so far and really love everything about it!

Happy to speak with anyone who is considering one.
— Allen McKay, Encinitas, CA, USA

After the first rides on my Power +, here are my first impressions: the bike is super silent and super smooth.

It doesn’t feel as fast as my carbon racer, but when I look at the averages, it comes pretty close.

The biggest difference is the stability though. I think part of it comes from the geometry of the bike, it’s quite long, and part of it from the wider handlebar you suggested.

Most fun is riding out of the saddle, hands in the drops. Holland is flat as a pancake of course, but on every bridge or dyke I do a little sprint in the drops. Just because it feels great.

I was a little afraid cornering could be an issue because of its length, but it really isn’t. Great how it handles.

It’s my first steel performance bike.

It was really fun to have the discussions with you on the right sizing, and getting the photos of the actual welding of the frame.

Even though I could see ‘16, wilfried’ on the freshly cut chainstay.

Email wasn’t the best way to reach out for you, but when I called you, you had all the time in the world for me.

I think you’re right when you say that a phone call is better then a thousand emails.

As mentioned, I liked your insights on bike size, handlebar width, disc size, tires....

I think the bike looks amazing: colors are great, and the result of the fillet brazing is amazing. So smooth.

With a SRAM 22 groupset and carbon Across A-wheels (great value for money) I managed to keep the weight just under 8 kilos.

Not bad for a steel bike with disc brakes and 28mm tubeless tires. I’m pretty sure I will enjoy this bike for thousands of miles. Not sure if I will reach a million though.
— Wilfried Huijbregts, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Alex,

First wanted to say thanks for all your help and helping me select the Power Plus Frame.

It has been a long journey but finally got the frame I wanted.

I have been riding steel frame bikes for over 25 years and have been looking for a new/replacement frame for the last four years.

During this time I read up and looked at many steel and titanium bikes options, but nothing clicked.

Then sometimes you get lucky and I ran across an article on the

Power Plus Bike on Bicycling Magazine “Just Might Be The Best All-Around Steel Bike”.

Even after this, I procrastinated for a year and finally decided to reach out and email Officina Battaglin for information.

Soon after I was surprised to hear from you Alex, asking if we could have a telephone conference.

I thought this was odd, but what the heck and went along.

During the call you were very generous with your time explaining the bike strength & build process, purchasing a frame option only and/or a complete bike.

From the called, I learned that you are passionate about your bikes but you never pressured me to buy. And I thank you for that.

But I am glad I finally did. Built up the frame this last weekend and went out for several rides.

Initially, I was concerned that I was buying a frame based on a recommendation from a magazine.

But the article was right on.

The bike is super smooth and absorbs all of the road noise.

I have been riding these roads for approximately 10 years and this was my smoothest ride.

Everything is easier and faster especially the climbing and cornering.

My biggest problem was slowing down because the bikes just want to keep on going and going.

I love my old Serotta Steel bike but this bike is Special. The best comparison I have is when you have been driving American cars all your life and you drive your first BMW Sports Car.

You Get IT Then!!!!
— Sergio Villa, Cypress, Texas, USA

Just a quick note to thank you (and your team) for all your help with the bike.

A great frame is not a ‘product’ it’s a ‘process’ and that’s something the big name brands seem to have forgotten.

Well this process has been easy, fun and very rewarding indeed.

Thanks for putting up with all my changes of mind and particular needs, it makes a huge difference to know that skilled people are taking the time to listen and build something special.

The Power Disc+ is now nearly ready for that first ride and looking wonderful. As you know, it’s my second Battaglin and I doubt it’ll be my last.
— Simon Bunegar, UK

Hi Alex,

I just want to say thank you for taking care of me during the order process.

I received the frameset and was finally able to build it up. I’ve been riding it for a few weeks now. Here are my impressions.

The bike looks amazing.

Thank you for working with me on the paint. I know the green, yellow and red color combo probably seemed odd at the time but it came out better than expected.

The metallic green is like no other I’ve seen. It seems to change colors depending on the light!

Paired with the all black gruppo, cockpit and wheels, it just looks like a modern classic Italian racer.
Also, the filet brazing and bottom bracket welding is perfection.

The bike rides incredibly smooth and somehow remains stiff and responsive.

I find myself aiming it at potholes and bumps in the road and laughing at how well it absorbs everything.

It has that “steel is real” spring feel to it. I’m sure that the 30c tires help but this frameset is next-level when it comes to road feel. Soooo gooood!

Climbing and descending is phenomenal.

I didn’t build the frameset up with the lightest parts so the bike came out to 20lbs, which I think is actually amazing given that it’s an XL steel frame and I used an all aluminum gruppo, 28h aluminum rims and hydraulic brakes.

The only carbon on this bike is the fork, the bottle cages and the saddle.

My last bike was actually 18 lbs and although the Power+ Disc feels a lot different, it doesn’t feel slower or heavier.

I will need to do some bigger climbs to really get a sense of how fast I can make it ascend but so far, I’m impressed.

Anyway, I’m sure that 2 extra lbs is just going to make me stronger. :)

Descending is smooth fast and predictable. Rough turns are also easier to navigate than on my old bike.

I’m sure the fatter tires and slightly longer wheelbase of the Power+ Disc help in this area. It just feels stable while going fast downhill.

I built this frameset up as my “all road” bike. I may race it on occasion and will definitely be taking it on the fire roads and gravel where I live.

I’m happy with the tubeless 30c tires and have already ridden some gravel where once again, the bike is sooo smooth.

I’m looking forward to getting out and doing some longer mixed terrain rides once my CX season is over.

This bike is going to crush some big miles.

On a side note, I think the Power+ will fit 32c tires. Given the trend to bigger tires and gravel grinding these days, this frameset is more versatile than I expected.

With a different fork, it might even fit 35c. There is clearance at the rear. The fork is the limiting factor.
Alex, if I can add one thing, the rear chain stays are maybe a few mm too wide.

I had to move out my cleats on my shoes to prevent my heels from hitting the chain stays when sprinting.

I have a large foot (size 49) but I’ve never had this problem with another frameset.

I don’t think the frame is flexing. My heels are just moving inward ever so slightly when standing and sprinting.

The clearance is so small that my heels nick the chain stay. Moving the cleats solved the problem but clearance is still very limited.

Everything else is perfect. Thank you again.
— Randy Shelton, San Francisco, USA

Alex-

My Officina Battaglin Power+ is my fourth steel frame, and first in over 30 years!

The first thing that I noticed about the bike when I rode it on the farm roads around the workshop in Marostica was how smooth and quiet it was.

I was expecting a jarring and rattling ride when hitting the rough sections - quite the opposite.

It was very smooth and tracked straight. The lateral stiffness of the bottom bracket is excellent - no chain rub or flexing.

Now that I have put about 40 hours on the bike on my local roads, my original observations still hold true.

The frame is very smooth and compliant over the rough sections, yet there is no chain rub when mashing on the pedals.

When sprinting the bike is very predictable - no crabbing or squirrelly behaviour.

I feel safer on high-speed descents on rough roads - I’m not getting bounced around.

When climbing, no mushy feeling, just power going to the wheel.

And after several 4-hour rides, I have yet to feel beat up or abused by the bike.

The finish on my frame is amazing - the joints, the chrome, and the paint are all perfect.

I have yet to find any file marks, especially in the chromed areas (like my old Italian frames).

The engraved head tube and brake bridge is a nice touch; might I suggest considering engraving of the bottom bracket.

The final assembly of the bike was perfect.

The Campagnolo Record 12 speed gruppo and Deda cockpit are amazing.

The color matched water bottle cages is a great custom touch. The packaging job for the trip back to the States was top-notch. I think it took me longer to unwrap the bike, then it took to put the saddle and bars back on.

My goal with this bike was to create an 80’s style Italian race bike, but with a modern twist.

What I got, was a beautiful handmade, hand-finished Italian race bike with an amazing ride.

I am very pleased to how the bike turned out. I would like to thank everyone at the workshop that helped create this beautiful bike for me.

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to have met signor Giovanni Battaglin and having the honor of him setting up the bike for me. His bike fitting knowledge is unquestionable.
— Paul Kanz, Portland, OR, USA

Dear Alex,

I just want to thank you from my heart for the Power Plus frameset you recently built for me. It has exceeded my highest expectations!

When I opened the extremely meticulously packed box last Fall, I simply could not believe my eyes. I have had many top brand carbon bikes over the last 20 years, and still own one, but this is the first custom made steel frame bicycle I have had since I started competitive cycling in 1972. After reading the Bicycling Magazine review last year, and then speaking with you Alex on the phone, I knew I had to proceed with my order as I my intuition told me that this bike was something unique and special. I just did not know how special.....It is absolutely amazing!

The custom order paint scheme you and your team created for me is truly a work of art! The bicycle looks fantastic and is so unique, it always turns heads on group rides. I built it up with new Campagnolo Record Gruppo and It looks absolutely beautiful. But more important the ride!....It feels like the classic steel bicycle of the 70’s, but a whole lot faster and lighter, and much more responsive. The Columbus HSS Spirit tubing is so skillfully fillet brazed - together with the modern head tube coupled to the carbon fork, and compact geometry...all making for a modern dream ride - with the retro feel of fine steel. I continue to get out for brisk weekly evening club rides, and have no problem keeping pace with the pack, who are mostly all on their carbon bikes.

This Spring is the start of my first full season with the Power Plus, and so far my carbon road racing bike hangs-up in the garage looking so lonely from not being ridden!

Thank you so much! I will treasure and enjoy this Battaglin bicycle always.
— Dr. Brad Mc Henry, Tampa, FL, USA

I’ve ridden a lot of bikes; some top of the line carbon fiber, some custom aluminum or steel. I’ve spent almost a year on my Battaglin Power Plus and what I liked at the very beginning about it holds true over 3,000 miles later: it has that wonderful, classic ride feel you expect out of high-end steel but it responds like a true modern race bike.
I can spend all day in the worst conditions on bumpy roads and still feel fresh enough for the ever important stop sign sprints at the end of the ride.
The tapered headtube and full carbon fork make for responsive handling and the Columbus Spirit tubing keeps the plush feel alive and also keeps the weight down, or as much as possible on a steel frame. And, really, a steel race bike that weighs 8 kilos isn’t something to complain about.
I get a lot of compliments about the bike too. On every group ride I do someone comments on how cool a nicely painted modern steel bike can be.
— Paul A. - Little Rock, AR, USA“

I want to thank you for such a wonderful bike. I have ridden aluminum, titanium and carbon over the past 30 years and the Power+ stands out for it’s balanced ride quality, handling and comfort.
— Trevor Orthmann

I have tried to choose modern components that function well so that the bike has a classic look but modern performance (Campagnolo Athena 11s., Cinelli stem, Chris King headset with sealed bearings).

At last I have had some time to take the Marosticana out for her maiden ride. And a very enjoyable ride it was too.

My first impression is that of smoothness. The cycle lane that leads from my street in Scheveningen up the coast towards Katwijk is made up of bricks laid in a herringbone pattern which generally cause some vibration through the handlebars. Not with the Marosticana however which smoothes everything out beautifully. Even the speed bumps at junctions are less intrusive as she just sails over them with ease. The ride overall was most enjoyable and I can’t wait to ride her again when I get home from Kazakhstan in April.
— Graham Nicholson, Netherlands

The performance of vibration absorption worked well, and it was very comfortable to ride on this bike. I felt very good steering performance on cornering. I could easily draw a beautiful round-shape on the corner with this bike.
— Raita Suzuki, Steel Road Bike Book, Japan

Like the classic road bike made from Columbus SL, it was really smooth and comfortable to ride at the middle speed range.
— Yosuke Suga, Steel Road Bike Book, Japan

Giovanni, Alessandro, Francesca and all the technical team, thank you for this magnificent work of art!

Very pleased to have number 2 of this prestigious collection.
Extremely high-quality finish!

Even more beautiful in reality! Thank you for your professionalism. Looking forward to the next collection..
— Stéphane Marson, owner of Collezione Speciale No. 2, France

I picked up my frame on Wednesday 11th.

I’m absolutely delighted with the same - the standard of build & finish is simply superb - as indeed was the way it was packed for shipment - Many many thanks.

I’m now still chasing New Old Stock Campag equipment - my fall back is to take parts off my Blue Raleigh - as I intend to get this resprayed with the rear chain stays opened to 130mm from 126mm & chromed to match your frame.

Once again please tell your frame builders and finishers how pleased I am to have this fabulous frame.
— Trefor Jones, owner of Collezione Speciale No. 18, Spain

The frame arrived yesterday and it is just beautiful. Can’t wait to build and ride.
— David Gould, owner of Collezione Speciale No. 21, USA

Fantastic bike, that was only my third ride on her. Very smooth especially with Campagnolo Record and Neutron wheels.
— Robert Futcher, owner of Collezione Speciale No. 10, Australia

Received my Officina Battaglin No.37 of 65 today, words can’t describe just how good this bike looks. The craftsmanship in the frame is perfect and the finish of the polished metal through the red is like looking at a Ferrari Dino in the Italian sunshine. Never seen a bike like it before, simply beautiful.
— Rob Abbott, owner of Collezione Speciale No. 37, UK

I received the frame yesterday afternoon. There are no words to describe how wonderful the frame looks. It is a work of art. I am so very pleased with it.
Thank you so much.
I cannot wait to get it built and ride it. I have started the assembly process late last night.
Again thank you so much and I look forward to visiting you when I return to Italy
— Michael Roberts, owner of Collezione Speciale No. 62, USA