Wilier Triestina Pista

Wilier Triestina Pista

Very rare and well-preserved Wilier Triestina Pista track bike, from the early 1980s. Original Wilier Cromovelato ‘Ramato’ finish, consisting of a translucent coloured top coat of lacquer applied over a fully-chromed frameset. Difficult to execute and almost impossible to imitate, the Ramato finish was reserved solely for the top-of-the-line Wilier frames.
We’ve built this beauty up with an appropriate selection of components. We started with a period-correct Campagnolo Record Pista groupset, in excellent condition. Steering is precise thanks to a chrome steel, loose ball Record Pista headset. Pedalling power is transferred to the track through a 167.5mm Record Pista crankset, with original Italian-threaded bottom bracket and 50t chainring. The wheels are comprised of Record Pista hubs, 28 front / 32 rear, laced to Swiss-made Assos tubular rims clad in black Continental Podium tyres. A pantographed and enamel detailed Wilier Triestina 27.2mm seatpost supports a black leather 3ttt saddle. Up front a 120mm 3ttt stem with enamel detailed Wilier pantography grips a 38mm 3ttt pista handlebar wrapped with shiny gloss black Ambrosio bar tape.

Bianchi Specialissima X3 road racing bicycle

Bianchi Specialissima X3 road racing bicycle

“Mamma mia! Bellissima! Che bella bicicletta piccola.” This little racer, constructed from Columbus SL tubing, and sporting a fully chromed aerodynamic fork with a sloping crown, is finished in the traditional ‘Celeste’ colour scheme that immediately identifies it as a Bianchi. The bike has been assembled using a complete Campagnolo component group featuring friction gear shift levers on the down tube, and rolling on a tubular wheelset comprising late model Mavic GP4 rims laced to Chorus hubs. There are many nice details, including subtle engravings on the key lugs painted in contrasting dark blue or black enamel, an Ofmega aluminium headset, short reach chromed Campagnolo drop-outs, and a nice 3ttt drop handlebar and short reach quill stem combination wrapped in blue tape. Marco Pantani would most certainly have approved.

’80s Wilier Triestina Super Leggera

We recently refurbished this delightful Wilier Triestina Super Leggero road machine. After having received a loving makeover in our workshop it only sojourned in our display area for a short while before being sold to a new keeper, and making its way back home to northern Italy.

The bike was in remarkably good condition for a machine nearing forty years of age, with very few blemishes to the lustrous copper cromovelato finish. It tipped the scales at a mere 8.6 kilos (without pedals). The frame features unusually short rear drop-outs and six large slotted cut-outs to the bottom bracket shell, and is mated to the fork by means of a Wilier inscribed F.T. headset. The Super Record crankset and stem were suitably pantographed with Wilier engravings.

All in all a most stylish bicycle, a splendid example of the very finest of the breed. We were a little bit sad to let this one go, in fact!

Patelli Champion Special – a silver dream machine!

Patelli Champion Special – a silver dream machine!

With apologies for mentioning a tacky pop hit from’80s UK, we present a sleek, svelte, subtle, silver speed machine of a similar age from the Patelli works. Our store contains more than a few peacocks, in the form of gaudily coloured bicycles all competing for your attention. This is a bike that doesn’t shout in such an unseemly fashion. It features a fair few delightful construction details that set it apart from the competition, such as the discrete diamonds filed into the lugs, or the open tubing at the end of the chain stays and fork blades. It has picked up a chip and scuff or two down the years, which all adds up to a certain charming patina. We’ve added a few diminutive dabs of paint here and there to accentuate the simple styling and dispense a touch of Cicli Berlinetta magic. Neither words nor photos really do this sterling silver speed machine justice. It needs to be seen at first hand, or better yet, ridden, to be fully appreciated.

Colnago ‘Carbitubo’ twin-downtube carbon and aluminium road bike

Colnago ‘Carbitubo’ twin-downtube carbon and aluminium road bike

In the early 1990s Ernesto Colnago, manufacturer of road bikes of the highest pedigree, partnered with Ferarri, constructors of (more often than not) bright red and (in every instance) blitz quick motorcars, to pursue every possible material advantage in state-of-the-art bicycle design. One of the results of this intense research and development exercise was the Colnago Carbitubo, which was produced under licence and in very limited numbers for Colnago by Alan, another long established specialist racing frame builder.

Quite apart from the Rosso Corso, Nero and Oro paintwork, itself a real eyecatcher, this frame is immediately distinct by virtue of its twin downtubes, which make for a seriously stiff and responsive ride. Indeed, the Carbitubo (not this actual one, mind!) was ridden to numerous successes in period by none other than Tony Rominger, nemesis of Miguel Indurain, and it is rumoured that he retains more than one such Carbitubo race bike in his personal collection.

This machine has been assembled with appropriate components from the first half of the ’90s, including a Campagnolo Shamal 16/16 wheelset and an 8 speed Campagnolo Record group. It is equipped with an ITM handelbar and stem combo, shod with sticky Continental Sprinter tyres, and topped off with a nice perforated black leather Flite saddle. All in all a stand-out ride, a real conversation piece, and an investment likely to increase in value.

A pair of delightful classic Italian road bikes

A pair of delightful classic Italian road bikes

After having thoroughly enjoyed refurbishing these two pedigree Italian road racing bicycles we were happy that they both swiftly sold, but also just a little bit sad to see them go! Every bike we build at Cicli Berlinetta is imbued with a bit of our love, so when their new owners pedal out of the store we are filled with a mixture of pride, satisfaction and a twist of regret. The only way to beat the bike sellers blues is of course to put the next worthy candidate up on the workshop stand, and set about building up another beauty. Not that it is always easy to choose which of our wide selection of great bikes from yesteryear will be the next to get the special Cicli Berlinetta treatment!

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