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Information about Gazelle

Gazelle was founded in 1892 in the Netherlands by Willem Kölling and Rudolf Arentsen. Initially they began importing English bicycles to resell. In 1902 their own production started under the name "Gazelle". They soon became very successful, especially exporting to the Dutch East Indies colony. As well as bicycles, Gazelle also produced motorised bicycles and tricycles, but recently decide to draw their focus back to non-motorised bikes. In 1992 the eight-millionth bicycle was built and for their 100 year jubilee the company was awarded the title "royal".

The expansion of Gazelle

Since it was founded in 1892, Gazelle has become the largest bicycle brand in the Netherlands and has an annual production of 350,000 bikes. Today they manufacture a wide range of high quality city bicycles and leisure bicycles.


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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Guido Gatti/Cesare Rizzato
  • Founding Year: 1908/1921
  • Website: http://www.atala.it/

A History of Atala

Atala bicycles were founded in 1908 by Guido Gatti, only a year before the first ever Giro d'Italia. The brand were direct rivals with Bianchi, who wanted to begin an Italian equivalent to the Tour de France in collaboration with the newspaper Corriere dell Sera. Gatti, however, found out and brought the story to the pink pages of La Gazetta dello Sport who undercut Corriere dell Sera and begun the story of the Giro d'Italia themselves.


Although Gatti had produced bicycles under the Atala name since 1908, the brand weren't formally founded until 1921. Cesare Rizzato joined the company and helped to produce a series of motorcycles between 1924 and 1934, as well as support a series of teams in professional cycling to further establish the Atala name.


Atala, therefore, were a key part of Italian cycling history. Gatti and Rizzato's brand sponsored teams from as early as 1910 to the late 80s, winning 36 Giro d'Italia stages between 1948 and 1987 and taking a series of track World Championships with the Swiss rider, Urs Freuler.


A period of crisis followed the late 80s as labour costs in Italy rose. The brand was sold to the Rizzi family in 2002 to form a new Atala franchise, but before long they too had to sell the Atala name to the Accell group, who continue to produce leisure bicycles with the Atala logo to this day.


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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Giovanni Pinarello
  • Founding Year: 1953
  • Website: www.pinarello.com

A History of Pinarello

Cicli Pinarello S. p. A. is one of the most recognisable names in the history of cycling. Founded in 1952 by Giovanni ‘Nani’ Pinarello in Treviso, Italy, Pinarello is responsible for some of the most important and revolutionary frame technologies in cycling.


Before starting the Pinarello legend, Nani was a successful cyclist himself. Between 1946 to 1953, he won the Giro delle Dolomiti and Rome-Naples-Rome. However, he gained infamy for being the winner of the 1951 Giro d’Italia maglia nera, the black jersey, awarded to the final finisher.


The following year, his team expelled him from the Giro squad at the last moment, compensating him with 100,000 lire for his troubles. Using the very same money, Giovanni set up and opened a workshop to begin building his own bicycles. The Pinarello shop opened in 1953, achieving a few small successes as a team sponsor during the 60s.


It wasn’t until 1975 before the great history of Pinarello’s palmarès would begin, as Fausto Bertoglio won the Giro d’Italia. From here, the heroic stories would begin. Miguel Indurain’s hour record. Jan Ullrich’s Tour de France victory. Multiple successes and grand tours with Team Sky. Bradley Wiggins’ hour record. All achievements conquered aboard a Pinarello.


10 Tour de France victories have involved a Pinarello bicycle, and models such as the Monello SLX, the Paris and the Dogma are evidence that Nani’s legacy is one of the most successful stories in cycling.


Short info about Somec

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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Oliviero Gallegati
  • Foundation Year: 1973
  • Website: www.somec.com

Information about Somec

Somec ist ein italienischer Fahrradhersteller. Das Unternehmen wurde 1973 von Oliviero Gallegati in Lugo, einer Kleinstadt in der italienischen Region Emilia Romagna gegründet, als er entschied eine einzigartige Auswahl an Fahrrädern zu produzieren. Somec Fahrräder wurden nur initialisiert an Radfahrer verkauft. Die Firma wuchs stetig und auch die Nachfrage weltweit, dank der Auftritte bei vielen Fahrradmessen.

Aktuell produziert Somec Carbon-, Titanium- und Stahlrahmen, genauso Mountainbikes, Fahrradbekleidung und Accessoires.


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