[VIDEO] Triple STEEL ROAD BUILD! Why these 3 custom Portofinos feature the same bespoke paint scheme

By Editorial Team

This new video shows a triple steel road bike build: three custom bikes featuring the same bespoke paint scheme.

These bikes are three Officina Battaglin Portofinos built for three different owners.

So, here’s the story behind this special project.

Teun, one of the three owners, reached out to the Officina Battaglin workshop because he and his two business partners were looking for a new bike.

The three partners are passionate cyclists who occasionally ride granfondos. In the summer, they take part in cycling holidays on the actual Tour de France routes. 

So, they were looking for a modern steel bike with disc brakes suitable for long days in the saddle… 

And they reserved 3 of the 70 build slots available for the Portofino 2020.

The custom frame

Alex and Giovanni designed the best frame geometry to each owner’s specific body measurements.

For the paint scheme, the owners’ desire was to have a unique combination reproducing their company’s colors, red, blue and white.

Alex suggested mixing these colors using the different areas defined by the chrome lugs.

So, we finished the fork, the head tube, and the seat tube in light blue cromovelato. 

Then we finished the top tube and the down tube in red cromovelato. On the rear triangle, we alternated red cromovelato and bare chrome. 

The build

The three bikes were equipped with the same components. 

We went with a Campagnolo Super Record 12-speed mechanical groupset with 50-34 chainrings and an 11-32 cassette to conquer every Tour de France ascent.

For the wheels, we went with the Deda Elementi SL30 DB disc with the new Vittoria Corsa G 2.0 black tires. 

We preferred the traditional shallow rims to deep section wheels.

In fact, Teun and his colleagues live in a very windy area in the Netherlands… And strong wind sometimes makes deep section wheels more unstable. 

The finishing kit includes:

  • a Deda Elementi Super Zero carbon seat post
  • a Deda Elementi Super Zero stem
  • a Deda Elementi SuperZero Carbon handlebar with broad tops, which are very comfortable to hold on a long climb.

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