How would you personalize your custom steel road bike if it were created by a legend of cycling?
Erik, the owner of the bike featured in this Custom Bike of the Week’s episode, was excited to have Giovanni Battaglin designing his custom Portofino.
And in this video, we take a look at the custom touches he requested on his bike to pay homage to the 1981 Giro winner.
Erik is an Indonesian businessman who reached out to the Battaglin workshop after discovering the Portofino.
Erik was impressed by the frame’s unique blend of modern and traditional.
But most of all, he couldn’t believe that a legend of Italian cycling would be designing the frame geometry for him!
So, he decided to recall Giovanni Battaglin’s greatest victory, the Giro d’Italia, with a stunning pink cromovelato finish.
And the customizations celebrating our founder didn’t end here…
In fact, Erik requested a custom nameplate on the top tube. In addition to his wife’s name and a nickname he had as a young racer, he wanted it to be engraved with Giovanni Battaglin’s name too.
The full build includes only Italian components.
We assembled Erik’s Portofino with a Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed mechanical groupset and Campagnolo Bora WTO 45 wheels.
We completed the build with a Deda Elementi finishing kit: a Superleggera handlebar, a Superleggero stem 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.