Battaglin is dazzling gravel grinders with launch of its latest gravel bike called the Portofino G, marking the vaunted Italian brand’s first foray into the gravel segment.
Not surprisingly, the Portofino G capitalizes on Battaglin’s Portofino road bike, albeit with greater clearance, with enough room to accommodate tires up to a hefty 40mm.
“While gravel is booming… we didn’t want a bike that resembled a drop-bar mountain bike, or a relaxed geometry for bikepacking. We wanted a gravel bike with the reactive handling of a road bike,” Battaglin points out.
The Portofino G features multi-butted Columbus Spirit HSS steel tubing that’s specially drawn for Battaglin, along with custom oversized steel lugs that allow for sloping geometry.
Elsewhere, the Portofino G sees a 31.6mm seatpost with a new hidden clamp that’s built into the seat-lug, a 68mm wide T47 threaded bottom bracket, upgraded 12mm thru-axle dropouts that incorporate the flat mount disc brake caliper and derailleur cable routing, as well as dropped seatstays. The new frameset can also accommodate a dropper seatpost.
Like all of Battaglin’s bespoke framesets, customers can choose custom geometry (this includes a consultation with the maestro himself Giovanni Battaglin), along with a choice of their signature cromovelato finishes – including components.
Be prepared to act quickly and be willing to lay down plenty of lira, as the Portofino G is limited to just 70 framesets, with complete bikes fetching 8000 to 8500€.
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