Giorgio Morbiato was an Italian track and road racing rider with impressive palmares. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal at the 1968 Olympics in the 4000 m team pursuit and he also triuphed at UCI Track Cycling World Championships in the same discipline.
In 1975 he retired from racing and opened a bike shop in Padua, Italy. We are not sure if Morbiato frames were build directly in the workshop in Padua or if they were made by one of the contract builders, but the latter is more likely.
This frame from Columbus SL tubes is remarkably well made in it features so many advanced details. From the pantographed lugs, the beautifully engraved head tube and fork crown to the "M" cutout bottom bracket shell, you will find quite many Morbiato emblems.
And then there are the aerodynamic improvements. The shifting cables are routed inside the down tube and into the bottom bracket shell (and through the right chain stay) while the shifting levers are to be positioned inside of the main triangle. The fork uses the Columbus Air blades with flat profile and the rear seat stays are also flattened to improve aerodynamics.
The frame is in it's original condition which means that on the surface is has some scars from riding and through time. On the other hand it retained it's honest authenticity and it is still very sound.
Rear axle width: 126 mm
Steerer length: 202 mm (threaded part: 27 mm)
Bottom bracket: ITA
Seatpost diameter: 27.2 mm
Front derailleur attachment: braze on