Is this custom build the ultimate Italian dream bike?
We think so!
And in this video, Alex will show you why.
Today, you’ll see an Officina Battaglin Portofino.
From the frameset’s paint scheme to the bike’s finishing kit, every single detail is Italian.
So, here’s the story behind this custom build.
David, the owner, had no intention of buying a new bike.
He was on a cycling trip to Italy from California.
Then, during the trip, his group visited the Battaglin workshop in Marostica, a small town in the North-East of Italy.
After seeing in person the Officina Battaglin steel road bikes and how they’re made, David decided to purchase a custom Portofino, opting for the disc-brake version.
David came back to the workshop the day after the visit.
Accurate body measurements are the starting point to design a frame’s custom geometry that fits you like a tailored suit…
And David had the privilege of having the legend Giovanni Battaglin take his measurements.
David chose to finish his Portofino in the “Italian flag” paint scheme, with red and green cromovelato fading to bare chrome.
But the frame’s most distinctive touch is the engraved plate on the top tube that David wanted to personalize with his name and the date of the visit to the workshop.
David wanted to build up his Portofino exclusively with Italian parts.
So, we went with the electronic version of Campagnolo’s top-end groupset, the Super Record EPS 12-speed disc.
For the wheels, we settled on the Campagnolo Bora One 35 carbon clincher with Continental GP 5000 25-mm tires.
The Deda Elementi finishing kit includes a Superzero carbon handlebar, which allows David to rest his hands on the broad tops.
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