Billato is an Italian brand founded in 1954 by Silvio Billato. Part of the great Italian manufacturing tradition, the company – led by Silvio's sons, Roberto and Stefano – still produces high-quality frames in Padua.

Since the dawn, Billato has specialised in lightweight and finely hand-crafted racing frames. Just as the one we had the privilege to see first-hand.

We are talking about a Billato Cromolevato from 1983, a true masterpiece we had on display a few months ago. As soon as we saw this bicycle, we understood that we were dealing with a superb frame and immediately fell in love with it.

The steel-lugged frame is basically made of extra-light Columbus KL tubes which underwent a full chroming and then got painted with a typical "cromovelato" surface.

This classic bicycle deserved more, and therefore we decided to ask Roberto Billato more about it.

Billato Cromovelato 1983 - The Manufacturing

This Billato is a perfect harmony between technology and fine craftsmanship. As for the pre-manufacturing phase, the frame components have been processed as follows:

  • Manual lessening of the Campagnolo dropouts with a file to prevent structural damages
  • Engraving and lightening of lugs and bottom bracket shell
  • Extremely fine polishing of the lugs' internal surfaces for a low-temperature brazing with silver alloys

The same attention to details concerned also the manufacturing phase:

  • Meticulous jointing of lugs and tubes due to the reduced Columbus KL tubes' thickness
  • Bending of the fork blades with a special mould. Low temperatures not to alter steel's features
  • Inner shift-cable housing on the chain stay (Billato patent since 1973)

Beside that, the tubes underwent a special chrome-treatment to prevent corrosion, as well as the special "cromovelato" paint.

The result is an outstanding and unique frame which really shows notable artisanal skills and refined technical precautions, although it was not designed for professional cyclists.

Billato Cromovelato 1983 - The Components

The frame was manufactured in 1983 and thus equipped with an iconic Campagnolo 50th Anniversary group set (No. 6930). Not only that, but also FIR rims and superb Cinelli components, such as an Unicanitor suede saddle.

Definitely one of the most outstanding bicycles we had on display to date, a fine machine to enrich any collection.

Here below are some pictures of this marvellous Billato Cromovelato from 1983.

Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983
Billato Cromovelato 1983