Claudio Chiappucci Team Carrera Bike by Mondonico.
The Mondonico family has served the Italian cycling sport for generations. Giuseppe Mondonico was a skilled Italian frame builder from Concorezzo, a small town close to Milan. In 1929, he started producing handmade steel frames with his brother. After the founder's passing in 1973, the shop was closed but Antonio Mondonico started to work for famous companies like Gianni Motta (where he also was the team mechanic of Sean Kelly) and Colnago. Finally, in 1979, he opened his own shop and the brand Mondonico was revived!
When Paolo Guerciotti needed help with the high demand for frames of his brand, he asked Antonio. And so there was a 5 year partnership between the two until Antonio Mondonico left for good to concentrate on small scale custom frame building, which he did in a small workshop next to where he lived.
It was there where he also made frames for a young shooting star of Italian cycling: Claudio Chiappucci. But since the bikes of the team were made by a different company and had to bear the name Carrera, Claudio's Mondonico frames were simply painted in the team colours and received Carrera decals.
Claudio was a great climber and capable of sprinting as well. His talent washed him up in the ranks of the 1990s Tour de France, where he rode in yellow until Greg Lemond put the hammer down in the last time trial. Nonetheless, Chiappucci was the first Italian after Felice Gimondi who managed to get to the podium of the Tour. The happiness of the Italian Tifosi was accordingly massive. His fierce attacks soon gained him the nickname 'il diavolo' - the devil.
We are happy to offer to you one of the frames which were made for him by Antonio Mondonico in the Carrera colours.
The geometry is quite particular with very short chainstays, a slightly slacker seat tube angle and thus a surprisingly long top tube. Everything seems to have been dialed in for the climber to put maximum power down on the climbs and to descent swiftly through switchbacks.
Regarding the components, this Mondonico is equipped with a complete Shimano Dura Ace groupset which makes this bike not only collectible but also very well rideable!
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