If you like the look of classic Italian steel road bikes but want to enjoy the benefits of the latest cycling tech…
This new video is for you.
Today, we take a look at an Italian-made custom steel road bike that gracefully blends modern and traditional styles.
So, here’s the story behind this beautiful build.
Chris, is a doctor from Luxembourg.
He reached out to us because he was looking for an Italian bicycle maker to build a special and unique road bike for him.
Chris wanted to stick with a classic look (and rim brakes). But he wanted his custom build to have a modern touch too.
That’s why the Portofino was the perfect bike for Chris.
The classic features like the chrome lugs combined with modern oversized tubing and modern specs stood out above the rest for him.
Chris decided to reserve one of the 70 slots available for the Portofino 2020.
And after we designed the custom frame geometry to his measurements, we built the frame using the Columbus HSS tubing with our own cast lugs – the first oversized lugs in the world.
Chris finalized the custom frame choosing a vibrant red cromovelato.
And for the full build, we couldn’t but keep with the Italian theme.
Chris went with a Campagnolo Record 12-speed groupset, with a 50-34 chainring and an 11-32 cassette.
For the wheels, we opted for the Campagnolo Bora WTO 45 enhanced by some classy tan wall tires.
The finishing kit includes a Deda Elementi Superleggero RS limited edition stem and handlebar, and a Deda Elementi Superleggero carbon 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.