Our new bicycle debuts!
The prototype for our 100% Made-in-Italy full-carbon made its debut at NAHBS today. These photos were taken yesterday, the first time Larry got a chance to see and touch it. It's currently dressed up with a few Campagnolo parts we won't have on the rental bikes you can ride - the carbon wheels will be replaced with URSUS Athon wheels and the insanely expensive NOS Campagnolo seatpost will be replaced with an aluminum 4ZA post. The fancy (not to mention expensive - thanks Albabici!) parts were installed for the bike's entry into the "Best Campagnolo-equipped Bicycle" contest.
Above you see the builder, Michele Favaloro posing behind his creation. He's been making bicycles since he was just 15 years old, so he's well on his way to becoming one of the masters of the craft. Each bicycle is created from sheets of raw carbon fiber entirely by Michele from start to finish. The painting (our bike has also been entered into the NAHBS judging) is done locally by a guy who has painted bikes made by one of the true masters whose name we can't publish here - but let's just say it's beautifully done and has gained a lot of positive comments.
After the show this bike will be shipped to us with the "standard" parts we spec'd so Larry can finally take it for a ride. Once that's done and everything deemed OK, the rest of the fleet will be ordered. Join us and ride one this season*!
More NAHBS posts to come.
*limited availability - first come, first served