Trade shows 2001

EICMA Milan, September 20 - 24

Index to tech features    Milan - Part II

By Tim Maloney

If it's late September, it must be Milan, a show that's tradtionally an orgy of all the things that are great about the Italian bike industry: poise, flair, and acres of droolsome Campagnolo in glass cabinets.


Schumacher's pit bike
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"Dude, that must be Schumi's rig!" Well, not exactly, but this is the world premier of Colnago's new CF-2 full suspension carbon fibre mountain bike; just what Michael Schumacher will ride around the F-1 pits next season. With a monocoque high modulus carbon fiber front end and a dual pivot CNC aluminium rear end, hydraulic disc brakes and proprietary rear suspension design, the limited edition (1000 custom bikes only) CF-2 is almost as high-tech as Schumi's Ferrari and just the ticket for some mega freeriding in the infield at Monza after qualifying! For the road crowd, it's gotta be the new B-Stay CT-1 Colnago titanium under your christmas tree, non?

More information: Colnago's website

Battaglin Vortex

Ride the whirlwind
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Giovanni Battaglin waited until Milano's EICMA to unveil his newest Vortex Imperium model for 2002; updated NASCAR-style graphics and clean colors on a custom Deda U2 front triangle and full aerospace carbon rear triangle. The eponymous marque from Marostica has a solid, well-priced range for '02, with the Vortex as top model. This 7.5kg bike is the official team bike of Team Panaria.

More information: Battaglin's website


Record Carbon: wallet-emptyingly light
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More exciting products from Campagnolo; the Record Carbon cranks are brand new additions to the already exciting Record 10v gruppo. Bolt these babies on and you will save 130+ grams over the forged aluminium Record version. Add the new Campy Hyperion crbon fiber wheels and you are da bomb of da bikepath.

More information: Campagnolo's website

Bramati and Garzelli

Italian style
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Miami Vice man and Mapei tempo guy extrordinaire Davide Bramati provides the South Beach flair, while Stefano Garzelli goes cool HR Puffinstuff awaiting the Giro 2002 revenge match with Gibi Simoni...

More information: Colnago's website

Masi and Vigorelli

As good today as it's always been
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Today's 2002 model Masi 3V Volumetrica is like an Avanti car: still advanced almost 20 years after it was launched. The groovy flash of the '70s style logo and very, very red paint job is offset by internal lugs and oversize,d shaped tubes, the first frame design to use those ideas. On the way to EICMA, Cyclingnews parked near Faliero's original Masi shop under the west curve of Milano's historic Vigorelli Velodrome.

More information: Masi's website

San Patrignano

Feeding a better addiction
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San Patrignano is a self-help clinic for Italian substance abusers in the hills above Florence where the residents learned to build bikes from Andrea Pesenti five years ago and today's innovation is impressive. This superlight Sri Lanka steel road frame with Mizuno carbon fork is made in Deda steel.