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Battaglin Road Bikes

OUR LEGACY

The Italian region of Veneto has been home to memorable moments in cycling. 

As a land with a rich cycling heritage, the Veneto region is also where Giovanni Battaglin, one of the greatest cyclists of all time, was born and raised.

Giovanni Battaglin made history by winning the Giro d’talia and the Vuelta a Espana in the same year, the only Italian cyclist capable of achieving such a feat.

He turned professional in 1973, debuting in his first Giro d’Italia among champions as Merckx ,Gimondi, Fuente, and taking an impressive 3rd place. During his long career, he won 84 races. He took part to 10 Tours of Italy, 5 Tour de France and  8 World Championships.

In 1981, he achieved the top of his cycling career by winning the Vuelta and the Giro D’Italia. The eponymous bike brand was born right after his most important result. Everything started in a little workshop in Marostica, with the help of Giovanni’s most trusted mechanic. In winter 1981 they showed the world their first prototypes, which beared the name of their creator’s most prestigious victories, namely the “Giro” and the “Vuelta”.

The two models received excited responses and positive feedback when they were presented at all the most important cycling exhibitions.The company’s partners included some of the most important Italian and international brands who shared Giovanni’s vision and decided to give him their total support. Soon after many athletes started to use Battaglin’s bicycles, but the real consecration came in 1987, when Stephen Roche won the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the World Championship riding a Battaglin bike.

Business grew over the years, and Battaglin quickly became one of the most important Italian manufacturers in the field. The focus on the research and development of new technologies was the real strength of the company, allowing them to keep responding to modern challenges and launching a lot of successful models: S. Remo, Mirage, Arena, Magnum, which testified for Battaglin’s total focus on carbon properties applied to cycling, in order to build the lightest frames with a unique Italian style.

Interview to Giovanni Battaglin

I love cycling. It’s pure passion for me.

I’ve dedicated all my life to this sport, which has given me so much.

In 1981, after achieving the Giro-Vuelta double, I founded my own bicycle brand. We started out as three people, two mechanics and me. Even if in the following years the business grew, I’ve always taken part personally in the development of new products.I’ve always been fascinated by the mechanics of the road bicycle.

As a bicycle producer, I’ve tried to transfer the feelings and the dynamics of professional racing to my eponymous products.I could say that I came up with my first invention in 1978, when I was still riding as a professional.

At the time, we used to ride 6-speed bicycles. The evening before a stage race that included a very hard ascent in the course, I tried to find a solution that would enable me to climb faster and easier.

I needed a lower gear, so I designed and built an extra chainset. The following day, I dropped my chain on it, and I won the stage.

It was the first time a triple chainset was used. Then, every major brand in the industry copied and started producing it.

There’s another anecdote that describes well why I got into making road bicycles in the first place.

It was 1982, I was riding for the Team Carrera and I was managing the bicycle production at Battaglin Cicli as well. The Battaglins were the bicycles supplied to the team.

We started exploring what was possible to do with new materials, and we created one of the first-ever carbon frames, the Pirana.

Thanks to our collaboration with FIR, we also made carbon wheels and tested the bike in the wind tunnel.

Roberto Visentini was supposed to ride the Pirana at the Giro d’Italia’s time trial. It was so revolutionary and fast that the judges of the Giro banned it!

Their verdict was that it would have given too much advantage to our rider, outperforming any other bike in the peloton.

In the end, the Pirana never saw the starting line. However, many magazines worldwide talked about it, underscoring our attitude towards innovation.  

THE VALUE OF MANUAL SKILLS

With the 2018 collection, we unveil the latest innovations in the field, combined with the finest craftsmanship, the best materials and Italian-made finishes. Our artisans play a fundamental part in the process of frame construction.

It’s the attitude towards sophisticated details that marks the difference between a mass-produced frame and a handcrafted one, built from scratch for you.

TECHNOLOGY

Design, materials and last generation equipment are all crucial to manufacturing a high end frame, but the true added value lies in our expert craftsmen’s ability. Their expertise has been growing and renewing every day for the past 30 years.

All Battaglin frames are strictly made in Italy . They are no-compromise “ Made in Italy “ products in terms of design, materials and finishing options. This ensures each of them complies to the highest originality and excellence standards.

A handmade Italian frame and a mass product are so different , but details are a key differetiating factor, such as Battaglin’s tube -to-tube technology and the autoclave system for air and dust removal during the manufacturing process ensuring a more compact and sturdier frame, or the wrapping that provides impeccable appearance and functionality.

Customized painting , the most spectacular step: your frame takes on the colors of your feelings and emotions. Moreover, our Ermitage service allows you to choose from a wealth of tailored details for your Casanova and Amarcord model and pick your favorite color from a rich palette.

COLLECTION 2018 Casanova, Amarcord, Altair

Casanova, Amarcord and Altair are three frames designed for a determined man, who’s looking for excellent racing performance.

Behind every model of the Battaglin collection, there are people who work every day with passion, looking for unmistakable shapes and details.

CASANOVA = SPEED

All our frames are conceived, manufactured and finalized in Italy.

Casanova is our top performance model, perfect for pro cyclists with an  agonistic approach who need a 100% Italian product with an exclusive design.

Conceived to unload the cyclist’s muscle power onto the ground and to glide on the pavement at maximum speed.

A 3K high modulus carbon fiber frame made using tube-to-tube technology, an aerodynamic adjustable seat post with a locking built into the frame , a monocoque fork : these are just some of the details that make a high end sprinter out of this frame.

SPECIFICATION:

  • Full carbon Torayca T1000 3K high modulus frame built with tube-to-tube technology
  • Full carbon monocoque integrated fork with tapered steerer
  • Tapered head tube with a 1-1/8” upper bearing and a 1-1/2” lower bearing  
  • Aero carbon seat post
  • Caliper Brakes
  • Press Fit 86,5mm bottom bracket
  • Carbon dropouts
  • Di2/EPS compatible mount
  • Internal cable routing   
  • Max Tire 700×25
  • Available also Disc brakes|12mm thru axle
  • 2 color options: White, Red

AMARCORD = PREMIUM COMFORT

Every single frame is designed at our headquarters, all materials are selected for their unique properties and only purchased from Italian vendors.

Amarcord is for demanding cyclists who love to tackle long distances and body- challenging competitions, such as the Gran Fondo races. 

Amarcord frames treasure the essence of  Italian craftsmen’s attention to details, with elaborate finishing and precious materials that make up an innovative product with a neo-retro appearance.

Performance

Both the frame and dropouts are made in UD high modulus carbon, while all components – from the aerospace-grade carbon fiber fork to the tubing and the bottom bracket – are conceived to ensure weight reduction and maximum comfort in every circumstance.

SPECIFICATION:

  • Full carbon Torayca T1000 UD high modulus frame
  • The Columbus Futura Caliper Full carbon UD oversize monocoque fork  is designed for an overall weight – reduction of the structure enhancing its stiffness and precision while cornering  
  • Tapered headtube 1-1/8”-1/2”
  • Seatpost diameter 27.2mm
  • Caliper brakes
  • Press Fit BB86
  • Carbon dropouts
  • Di2/EPS compatible mount
  • Internal cable routing
  • Max Tire 700×28
  • 2 color options: white, red

ALTAIR = FREEDOM

All of our carbon frames are handmade by experienced Italian craftsmen, but each of them has different features to adjust to every cyclist’s style and needs.

Altair  is the Battaglin’s race frame conceived to deliver great value to cyclists looking for a performance boost in both leisure riding and competitions

PERFORMANCE

The carbon fiber made with tube-to-tube technology and the advanced design increase its rigidity and mechanical resistance; the integrated fork allows for a smoother control even when riding downhill, while the high quality finishing and racing details ensure a dynamic high impact appearance. 

SPECIFICATION:

  • Full carbon Torayca T1000 UD frame
  • The integrated fork responds to precise maneuverability requirements, increasing torsional stiffness and allowing more fluid guidance
  • Tapered headtube 1″1/8 -1″1/4
  • The design of the rear triangle with low seat stays increases the stiffness
  • Carbon dropouts
  • Press Fit BB86
  • Direct Mount brakes
  • Seatpost diameter 27.2mm
  • Compatible with electronic groups EPS/Di2
  • Internal cable routing
  • Max Tire 700×28
  • 3 color options : chromed velvety blue , rose gold and chromed red.

ERMITAGE: YOUR CUSTOM BATTAGLIN FRAME, A PERSONAL CHOICE

Ermitage is our customization service offering you the chance to own the frame of your dreams, tailored to your highest expectations. 

Ermitage is a journey through the finest Italian craftsmanship. The materials, the colors, the customizations: we will take care of everything. By choosing Ermitage, you’ll be able to pick your style among a selection of frames, and custom-order yours in a variety of colors and finishes, making it more personal with your name or your printed initials.

Ermitage is our way to express your individuality, thanks to a 36-year experience in building exclusive frames.

With the Ermitage collection, the Battaglin team has created an exclusive package of tools that will allow you to make your frame unique and extraordinary.

The range of colors offered is the result of a research process where aesthetic sensibility merged with creative thinking.

You can learn more about Battaglin’s range of roadbikes and the options available by visiting their website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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