[VIDEO] From bare frame to Italian dream bike

By Editorial Team

Want to take a detailed look at how a custom steel road bike is assembled?

Then you’re going to love this video.

Today we will be watching Officina Battaglin’s mechanic as he builds a custom Portofino bike in the Battaglin workshop.

Step by step.

First, Alex will introduce this dream bike.

The frame is a custom Portofino built to the owner’s specifications. 

It has been finished in a pink cromovelato that recalls Giovanni Battaglin’s Giro victory.

The owner went for a full Italian build with a 12-speed Campagnolo Record groupset, Campagnolo Bora WTO wheels, and Deda Elementi carbon parts.

After this short introduction, the assembly will begin.

You’ll see the frame inspection made by Giovanni Battaglin in person. 

In fact, Giovanni Battaglin always makes sure that his eponymous frames are built to the highest standards. 

Next, our mechanic will take center stage.

From putting the grease in the headtube to fine-tuning the rear derailleur, every single step of the process has been documented

If you want to see how a custom steel bike goes from a bare frame to a race machine ready to hit the road, this is a must-watch video. 

Do you want to discover Giovanni Battaglin’s secret formula to building a custom steel bike that rides like a dream?

Now you can access our FREE video series “The Man of Steel” and get a behind-the-scenes look at the specific process used by the 1981 Giro winner in his eponymous bike workshop in Italy.

Click HERE to access the video series

14 comments on “[VIDEO] From bare frame to Italian dream bike

  1. Excellent video Alex. It’s the best build video I have ever seen. Officina Battaglin’s true passion always shines thru.


    • Thanks, Tim! The Battaglin owners and fans’ passion fuels ours.

  2. Believe me, I with I was in the position to purchase a completed Cromovelato Portofino in green with the same Campagnolo and Deda components. But unfortunately finances aren’t where I would want them to be. Thanks so much for the mails and these videos. Hopefully one day I’ll have a Battaglin of my own to be proud of.



    • Hi John, so glad to know that our content inspired you in creating your custom Portofino! Maybe we can make your dream come true and work around your budget. We hope to build your custom bike very soon – cromovelato green is one of Giovanni’s favorite finishes.

  3. Beautiful video. Great professional build. Thank you guys for keep the Art of the Bicycle alive!!!

    • Hey Mike, thank you for being part of our community of custom steel bicycle lovers!

  4. I think that is one of the best videos on the internet. What a beautiful bike…it’s perfect.

    Thank you!

    • Wow, Chris! Our team and I are flattered by your kind words. Thank you!

  5. Cool build Alex!

    Greetings from India.

    Yay! A ‘Tutto Italiano’ (excuse the lack of grammar) mechanical, non-disc build is alive and well in 2020!

    I LOVE the combination of pink cromovelato and chrome lugs.

    The fork though, could have been a Columbus one with a sloping crown and classic curved rake. But it’s not my bike! 😀

    Thanks for sharing.

    Best regards to your Dad and all the folks behind these beautiful bicycles.


    • Hey Ashok, it’s great to hear from you! I’ll pass your kind words along to my Dad and all the Battaglin team.

  6. Amazing way to build a bike. I’m already an owner of Power + Disc and loving it, but I should not stop there. Maybe a Portofino cromovelato in fuschia in the future! Good job Alex and everyone at Officina Battaglin!!

    • Hey Jamaludin, I’m glad to know you’re already a Battaglin owner. We look forward to building another piece of your collection – you definitely should complete it with a custom Portofino!

  7. Bonjour, est-ce que vous fabriquez des cadres PORTOFINO en TITANE ?

    • Non, seulement en acier

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