Grandis is one of those traditional Italian brands which are still producing innovative road bikes in Italy to this day. The founder, Silvino Grandis, was involved in lightweight racing bikes since 1930. With the years his expertise grew and he was a technician who was often asked for advice. As mechanic he supported many teams.By 1965 he started to produce and sell high end bicycles under his name, always supported by his wife Ines. His brand was known for its technical brilliance right from the start and his bikes found him some real fame among cycling enthusiasts. Since Silvino had to be present at many races and business was ever growing, his sons Mario and Ezio stepped in. Together they managed to build up advanced facilities in Verona, including laboratories to test and develop new methods of frame building. Their innovative thinking combined with classical expertise made them one of the most interesting bicycle manufacturers in Italy.
And our frame is a nice example of a 70s Grandis indeed. Made of light Columbus SL teel tubes, this certainly is a high-end frame. It makes is also very light with just 1800 g for the frame and 650 g for the fork. The lugs are beautifully filed down and there is the typical Grandis arc brake bridge too. Droupouts are from Campagnolo.
And on top of this it still has the original (or at least very old) and very attractive turquoise paintjob, which makes it a very interesting classic bicycle project.
Tubes: Columbus SL
Rear axle width: 120 mm
Steerer length: 154 mm (threaded part: 35 mm)
Bottom bracket: ITA
Seatpost diameter: 27.2 mm
Front derailleur attachment: clamp-on
Weight: frame 1800 g; fork 650 g
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