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Here's what our fellow cyclists said about riding the Officina Battaglin custom steel bikes

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"I can ride the Portofino for hours, so much so, I have ditched carbon entirely for the past 6 weeks"

After about 1500 kms of riding my new Battaglin, here are my impressions.

This is the finest steel bike I have ridden and considering I have owned dozens of steel bikes, this is a remarkable achievement.

However, when I compare it to carbon fibre, it only lacks by being a few hundred grammes more in weight.

However, the ride is unbeatable….much better than carbon fibre.

I was concerned the oversized tubes would be harsh, or at least deaden traditional steel’s liveliness, but I should have not worried.

The stability of the bike is amazing, as it absolutely glides over class B pavement.

I can ride this for hours, so much so, I have ditched carbon entirely for the past six weeks.

I wish I had this bike back in the days I was riding a couple of TTs a week.

I only have to expend energy getting my legs around, as one totally forgets the effort normally required by other bikes trying to keep riding your chosen line, through wasted energy and concentration negotiating around the asphalt cracks and potholes.

It’s a sublime mix of stability and reassurance, with the rider still being in control.

Workmanship is superb and those chrome lugs look amazing.

I love the fact it has a look of a modern carbon frame, especially at the headtube/downtube junction, yet the elegance of steel.

I am surprised that so many people mistake it for carbon! (Although how a frame with chrome lugs could ever be mistaken for carbon is beyond my comprehension!)

The only downside is that it does not accommodate 28mm tires. The roads where I live in Northern Ontario are terrible, broken by frost heave every Spring and never repaired until the
Summer is almost over, so the larger tires would have helped against pinch flats.

That being said, 25mm tires do feel fast.

In two words … “Amazing bike !”

Thank you Alessandro.

The hands-on design process was amazing and your passion shows.

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