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Milan, Italy, September 20 - 23, 2002
By Tim Maloney
De Rosa unveiled a few new models for 2003, including the 2003 De Rosa Planet. The 2003 model now comes with carbon fibre seat stays thanks to the folks at Deda.
Ugo De Rosa also showed us the newest model in De Rosa's stable, the Dual. The Dual features a custom Deda U2 aluminium front triangle and a Deda full carbon fibre rear triangle, integrated headset and Mizuno carbon fibre fork. More information can be found at www.derosa.it
Paolo Gadenz, a long-time Cyclingnews reader, Italian bike scene maker and "Promoter" told us that his new Giegi Spider jersey was the most popular model this summer with Americans looking for something "different" in Italian bike shops. For more info, see Gadenz's unique clothes, shades and other accessories at www.giegi.net
Last year, I Fratelli Pegoretti showed off the Luigino, a jewel of a retro road bike. All 30 of the limited edition Luigino's were sold and the next step was to make a Luigino Pista version. Newly located in Cadonazzo, Italy, near Trento, the Pegorettis continue to sustain the fast-disappearing artisan bike building tradition.
The Luigino Pista is made of Deda steel tubing with a unique CNC double plate fork crown. This bike is a sprint version with an upright seat angle, but Pegoretti will build an omnium or pursuit version to order. Check out the Cinelli steel sprint bars and stem, plus tied and soldered wheels. www.pegoretticicli.com
Bergamo based, PMP is a small, innovative Italian firm that always seems to come up with some new and interesting product at the Milano bike show. This time around, PMP has created a Fixed Gear Hub Kit, with an assortment of 5 gear choices, an adjustable hub via spacers and a geared swing-arm that maintains chain tension and alignment. PMP's Fixed Gear Hub Kit is also available in 135mm spacing for mountain bikes. More information can be found at www.pmpbike.com
Eric Dekker (Rabobank), Oscar Friere and Paolo Bettini (Mapei ) and Yaroslav Popovych (Colnago-Landbouwkrediet) will all have new Colnago C-40 HP (High Power) frames underneath them at the upcoming World Championships in Belgium next month. So what better way to promote the fact than to put the bikes on display? Here they are awaiting to be unleashed.
And yes, Uncle Ernesto also makes fat tire flyers! Annabella Stopparo will be riding an XTR equipped Colnago mountain bike for the 2003 MTB season. Featuring the elegant Colnago airbrushing that is normally seen on their road bikes, this is one mountain bike you don't want to crash. Visit www.colnago.com to find out more
Giovanni Battaglin's Tre Cime drew a lot of interest at EICMA Milano, according to the former Giro d'Italia and Vuelta winner. "Tre Cime is a new model for 2003," explained Battaglin. "When we introduced the Vortex two years ago, we were the first company to mate a full carbon fibre rear triangle with an aluminium front triangle and integrated headset. Tre Cime is our new lightweight, affordable bike with sloping geometry, built with Dedacciai SC 61.110 aluminium, full carbon rear triangle and a fork from Dedacciai."
Giovanni Battaglin also presented his new top-end Mantra road bike; carbon fiber tubes with CNC integrated head tube, bottom bracket and seat cluster. "We built a monocoque carbon frame as well," Battaglin told Cyclingnews, "but since we build so many custom made high end bikes for our customers, we looked for a way we could use carbon fibre technology and still come up with a made to measure frame."
The Mantra enables Battaglin to machine the luggged section to the angles required for a custom build, yet still use carbon fiber tubes throughout. The Mantra weighs 1.5kg for frame and fork.
Dogma is defined as "a definite, authoritative tenet", but this new bike from Pinarello is anything but. First of all, the Dogma is made from Magnesium AK 61 tubes from Dedacciai, exclusive to Pinarello for the next two year.
According to the Treviso, Italy firm, their Dogma will mate the light weight and rigidity of magnesium with a full carbon fiber "Onda" rear stays and front fork. Onda, made in the form of a reversed double "S" supposedly offers a ten percent increase in torsional stability, as well as a five percent improvement in shock absorbtion. Pinarello's Dogma doctrine also includes a new chainset and handlebar in carbon fiber.
The unusual look, related to a curly stay Hetchins or a Bates Flying gates, might put some buyers off, and without an independent road test, Pinarello's claims are difficult to substantiate. Clearly this is a bike for wealthy early-adopter road-bike nuts; calling Robin Williams!
Images by Tim Maloney/Cyclingnews