Based in Bologna, Patelli is a bespoke frame manufacturer, who in the 1940s started specializing in high end road bicycles and cycling tools. It was in fact a triumvirate of three brothers - Luigi, Umberto and Sergio Patelli. They all worked for a small artisanal brand Testi, where Luigi became a very skilled welder. It was aslo Luigi, who was responsible for frame building, while the other two brothers took care of the business. Patellis manufacturing background led to precision that was second to none. The attention is evident in the refined lugs and excellent design.
Since Patelli was such a small manufacturer, and worked so meticulously on every frame, it lacked the resources to equip a professional team. However, this did not stop many from recognising the craftsmanship of their work, and it was adopted by cyclists in the highest ranks of Italian racing. In the 1980s, for example, several Italian amateur championships - a prestigious title, indeed - were won a Patelli.
This Patelli Professional Road Bike stems from the second half of the 1970s and it belongs to the very best Patelli produced in that time. There is not much to add to the sheer class of every detail of this beautiful frame made of Columbus tubes.
And the same could be said about the equipment. It almost feel like the Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset and Cinelli cockpit has been used as a canvas for rich ornamental decorations, so typical for this Bolognese brand.
On top this exempler is in very nice original condition. Very good choice for those who can appreciate pure craftsmenship and class.
|Size (Center-Top)||58.0 cm|
|Top Tube||55.0 cm|
|Head Tube||15.5 cm|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Nuovo Record|
|Front Derailleur||Campagnolo Nuovo Record|
|Brake Levers||Campagnolo Nuovo Record|
|Headset||Campagnolo Nuovo Record|
|Crankset||Campagnolo Nuovo Record; 170 mm; 52/42|
|Bottom Bracket||Campagnolo Record|
|Seatpost||Campagnolo Nuovo Record; pantographed|
|Seat||Larcia Italy NOS|
|Hubs||Campagnolo Record; 5-speed; 23/15 Regina Extra Oro freewheel|
|Rims||Nisi; 700C tubulars|
|Tires||Tufo S33 Pro; 622/24 tubulars NEW|
|Stem||Cinelli; 105 mm; pantogrpahed|
|Stembar||Cinelli Giro d'Italia; 40 cm|