Italian Bike Show Tech: No Shortage of Carbon Gran Fondo Bikes

 German internet brand Rose has been making a big splash in Italy with their direct sales bikes. The ROSE Carbon X-Lite ORO-8000 has a High Modulus Aerospace Carbon Fibre T40/60 frameset and this 6.4kg Shimano Di2 model with Lightweight wheels costs about $9000.

Italian Ti brand Nevi Bici from Bergamo has been building handcrafted Ti frames for over 20 years. This is their top model, the Spinas in 3AL-2,5V Ti with 1 1/2″ headtube and available in 5 sizes plus custom build.

Although they were absent at Eurobike and Interbike, Swiss cycling wear brand Assos showed their new 2012 collection at ExpoBici Padova. The Assos stand was always packed with Italian bicifashionistas looking for the latest style trends in bike togs.

American motorcycle designer Arlen Ness now has an Italian bike line named after him with this monocoque carbon fiber road bike on show at Padova. Company owner Maurizio Giersztein is a passionate cyclist and decided get in the bike business using the famous designers name.

Prestigio’s sweet gran fondo ride GE-1 Evo model (built by noted framemaker Sarto) is a monocoque frame with integrated seatmast built in Toryaca T700 carbon fiber with a 3K weave finish and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Founded by former Diamond Back product guy Cozy Yamakoshi in 1989, the Park Pre brand still lives on in Italy as a license deal. Quite popular with the gran fondo set, this Park Pre’s K-Light model has a handmade carbon fiber 3K sloping frameset with a 850 gram (claimed) weight.

Lots of interest in the Fizik Kurve saddles at ExpoBici Padova and Fizik reps told RBA that the new model is coming “soon” to a store near you.  The innovative Kurve has a thin foam cover while the shell, made of three composite layers provides the comfort by moving without the rider. Kurve has an all-new continuous loop aluminum rail system where shell tension can be adjusted by changing the nose-piece.

Italian carbon fiber maker ATR has launched their 100% monocoque Leonardo frameset. Best known as a supplier of carbon fiber for auto brands like Ferrari, Porsche and Bugatti, ATR is best know for supplying Italian carbon fiber to Colnago. Made in their state-of-the-art facility in Colonnella, Italy, the ATR Leonardo has an unusual bow shaped top tube that’s reminiscent of German brand Corratec.

Giovanni Battaglin’s eponymous brand was on show in Padova, not far from company HQ in Marostica. Battaglin’s C12 Plus model has been a very popular bike with the gran fondo set over the past few years. years. Sold direct to consumers via the internet, this Battaglin C12 Plus Force with monocoque carbon fiber T1000HM 3K frameset with Mavic Cosmic Carbon SL costs $3500!

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