Can a lugged steel bike have a race machine’s aggressive look? Look at this custom build to discover the answer!
In today’s Custom Bike of the Week’s episode, you’ll see a custom Officina Battaglin Portofino, equipped with the latest Campagnolo carbon components.
So, here’s the full story behind this lugged steel bike.
Boyan, the owner, is a doctor from Switzerland who rides one of the 65 limited-edition lugged framesets Collezione Speciale.
These framesets were launched in 2016 to celebrate Giovanni Battaglin’s 65th birthday and sold out in less than 6 months.
But in 2020, Boyan reached out to the Battaglin workshop to start a new custom build project.
Boyan wanted an aesthetically modern bike that would handle just as aggressively as a race machine.
At the same time, he wanted it to incorporate his Collezione Speciale’s unique ride feel.
The Portofino’s special combination of oversized steel tubing and traditional lugged construction was exactly what Boyan was looking for…
And he decided to put his name on one of the 70 build slots available for the Portofino 2020.
Boyan’s Portofino was made from scratch to his measurements, after Giovanni and Alex Battaglin designed the custom frame geometry.
For the paint job, Boyan opted for a deep blue cromovelato finish.
The choice of the components was crucial to meet Boyan’s demand for a contemporary aesthetic and performance.
That’s why we settled for a Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed disc groupset and Campagnolo Bora WTO 45-mm carbon clincher wheels.
The combination of carbon parts, oversized tubing and cromovelato finish and carbon parts is what gives this Portofino its aggressive look!
We completed the build with a Deda Elementi limited-edition Superleggero RS stem and handlebar, and a Deda Elementi Superleggero seatpost.
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.