The story of Marco Pantani is one of struggle, triumph and tragedy. Few riders in recent history have inspired cycling fans around the globe to a point that would be comparable with Marco Pantani's influence in the late 1990s.
His story has often been told and we will not try to repeat it. If you are not familiar with his life, we recommend you watch the documentary "Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist"
When Pantani, il Pirata, won the double of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 1998, he was the first Italian to achieve this triumph after Fausto Coppi almost 50 years before. And like Fausto Coppi, he did so on a Bianchi.
Many people admired the Pirate for his fighting spirit and the way he pushed up the alpine switchbacks on his team Mercatone Uno Bianchi. To no surprise, there rose a certain desire among his fans, to own something which belonged to this star or his team or at least to build a replica of his bike.
And here we present such a bike. This Marco Pantani Bianchi Team Mercatone 1998 is a high-class replica where nothing has been left short. It is based on a lightweight frame made of triple-butted SC61.10A heat-treated aluminium alloy made by Dedacciai. It sports the paint job used by il Pirata in the decisive 1998 season and also most of the parts.
It is equipped with Campagnolo Record 9-speed groupset with titanium and carbon fibre parts. In the front, there is the carbon fibre fork from Time and Pantani's favourite ITM cockpit setup. The icing on the pudding is the Flite Titanium Pantani saddle.
This bike is for true Pantani fans.
ConditionUsed. The bike is in pristine condition. The frameset has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. All of the parts were disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled again., to make sure this racing machine is ready to run.
|Pantani Pirate selle italia Flite
|ITM Italia - pro
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