In a market that’s heavily dominated by many so-called aero bikes, trying to find a carbon frameset that gave way to a more classic approach to frame design, comprising traditional round/conical shaped tubes and profiles, was difficult enough. Finding one that was handmade in Italy proved to be an even more difficult task.
However, after canvassing Italy from the boot to its most northern regions, my journey finally came to an end with the discovery of Battaglin’s Amarcord frameset.
Not only did the Amarcord extoll everything that I was looking for in terms of frame design, equally exciting, it was handmade in the province of Vicenza in a way similar to that of old-world, artisan frame making, albeit in the magical cloth we call carbon fiber.
Each Amarcord frameset is made to order, comprising Torayca T1000 UD high modulus carbon fiber and Columbus’ Futura Caliper full UD carbon oversize monocoque fork, along with a certificate of authenticity.
As one would expect, the Amarcord gets all of the trappings of a modern-day road frame such as an 1-1/8”-1/2” headtube, a Press Fit BB86 bottom bracket, carbon dropouts, electronic groupset compatibility, internal cable routing and tire clearance up to 700×28.
Weight weenies can also rejoice in the fact that the Amarcord tips the scales at a feathery 820g in a size medium.
Battaglin also offers its Ermitage program, allowing customers to personalize their frameset with a wide-range of color options and custom graphics.
To further satisfy my inner-Italian monologue, I will be building-up my exquisitely made Amarcord with none other than Campagnolo’s new 12-speed Super Record groupset, along with some high-end wheels from the likes of Lightweight or Corima.
In the meantime, special thanks to Battaglin and author Lou D’ Angelo for helping me How to Be an Italian.
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