This Chesini Innovation belonged to the Pro Belgian rider Luc Colyn of the Team La William-Duvel and was ridden in the 1992 season.
Our Chesini Innovation from 1992 is a stunning example of Italian craftsmanship with a sloping geometry that was unusual for road bikes of the period.
Chesini Bicycles was founded in 1925 by Gelmino Chesini in Nesente, a small village near Verona. His Biciprecision model was well received in the Italian market, building the company a loyal following. Flavio Vicentini won the road world championships on a Chesini in 1963.
By the 1980s the company had grown under the stewardship of Gelmino’s son Gabriele & was internationally renowned for the quality of its frames, paintwork & engraving of components.
Today, Chesini models from the 1980s and 1990s such as the Arena, X-Uno, Precision and Innovation are some of the most sought-after by collectors.
The history of Chesini in Belgium started in 1991 when former professional cyclist Frank Hoste opened a bicycle company & paint shop. Hoste raced a Chesini during the last years of his pro career, riding for the La William-Duvel team.
At first, Hoste imported fully painted Chesini frames. But the Italian paint schemes were a bit too flamboyant for the Belgian market, so he convinced the company to allow him to order unpainted frames to be finished locally.
To be allowed to do so he had to follow a paint course and pass an exam at the Chesini headquarters under the watchful eye of Gabriele Chesini. He was then allowed to finish Chesini frames outside of Italy.
It is easy to identify a Hoste-painted Chesini – just look for a small “FH” logo behind the seat tube. I have 6 of the frames from his paint shop in my Chesini collection, some with a unique marbled finish.
Our La William-Duvel ’92 team bike was raced by the Belgian pro rider Luc Colyn during the 1992 season, in events such as Omloop Het Volk, Gent-Wevelgem and the Four Days of Dunkirk. Today Colyn is the Sports Director with the Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise Cycling Team.
The bike features a Campagnolo Record 8-speed groupset, widely regarded as one of the best on the market. This groupset delivers crisp and precise shifting, allowing you to easily tackle any terrain. The bike is also equipped with high-quality components throughout, including Campagnolo Zonda wheels, and a comfortable Selle San Marco Rolls saddle.
ConditionUsed. Frame with original paintwork. Original condition.
|Size (Center-Top)||59 cm|
|Top Tube||56 cm|
|Head Tube||16 cm|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Record|
|Front Derailleur||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Shifters||Campagnolo Record Ergo 8-Speed|
|Brake Levers||Campagnolo Record Ergo|
|Crankset||Campagnolo Croce d'Aune|
|Bottom Bracket||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Seat||Selle San Marco Rolls|
|Tires||Veloflex Master; 23-622|
|Stem||3ttt Record 2000; Chesini pantographed; 115mm|
|Stembar||3ttt Forma; 420mm|
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