This particular project has been a long time coming. The frameset dates from the early 1970s, and is made from high quality Columbus SL steel tubing. It was recently repainted at the source, Tommasini Biciclette, shortly after which it came into our collection. It’s since been built up, but never ridden.
We built it up with a custom-finished Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, in which most parts have been drilled to save weight. The chainrings have been expertly hand-drilled, as have the brake levers. Both brakes have been highly polished, and the 27.2mm seatpost has been carefully hand-drilled by our in-house machinist. A 105mm Tommasini-pantographed stem and brand new 3ttt handlebar complete the bike. Headset is a chromed steel Nuovo Record, and turns almost frictionlessly. Even the upper race and the locknut line up perfectly.
The wheelset was rebuilt with new lightweight double-butted spokes from DT Swiss and Sapim. 28 holes front and rear, with high-flange Campagnolo Record hubs laced to 260 gram Fiamme yellow label tubular rims. Both hubs and rims have been carefully polished until they shine. Tyres are NOS Wolber Neo Pro with yellow logo and tan sidewall.
Drivetrain is an early 175mm Campagnolo Record crankset (pre-date code) with a 53/42 Nuovo Record chainring configuration. Freewheel is a 5 speed Everest, and chain is a lightweight Regina Record with drilled plates. Shifter levers each have three holes drilled, and sit upon unusual black-anodised cable guides.
Saddle is a black suede Cinelli Unicanitor, in excellent condition with no scrapes or tears.
The cream brake lever hoods are NOS Campagnolo remakes.
Italian-made aluminium tuning bolts from Cobra have been installed on the brakes, brake pads and front derailleur bolt.
The whole bike weighs approx. 8.7kg without pedals – very impressive for an early-’70s ride!
Needless to say, the bike is in perfect condition with no dents, bends or cracks. All components work perfectly.
This is the sort of bike that one would keep for life. It’s already been 45 years since it was built, and will provide service for many more.
Seat tube c-c: 51cm
Seat tube c-t: 52.5cm
Top tube c-c: 52.5cm
Head tube: 99mm
Rear spacing: 120mm
Seat tube diameter: 27.2mm