CINELLI

 

Cinelli is an Italian bicycle manufacturing company based in Milan, producing road bicycles and components. Cinelli was founded in 1948 by Cino Cinelli, a former professional road racer and president of the Italian Cyclists' Association. He was a professional racer from 1937 to 1944, and then started a company under his name in 1948. Cinelli was the seventh of 10 children, the son of a small landowner near Florence. He became interested in bicycle technology after mechanical failures in races. Failure to interest manufacturers with his ideas in 1946 led him to start his own company. His brother Giotto was making steel stems and bars in Florence and Cinelli moved the business to Milan, centre of the Italian cycling industry. He made stems, bars and frames but depended on wholesaling for other companies. By his retirement, Cinelli's own goods were half the business. Stems and bars were 80 per cent of Cinelli's own sales. Cinelli moved to alloy production in 1963, later than other manufacturers because he was concerned about strength. Annual production of alloy stems and bars rose from 5,000 in the 1950s, to 7,500 in the early 1960s. By 1978 the figure was 150,000. He made no more than 700 frames a year. In 1974, he designed an aerodynamic bike on which Ole Ritter broke his own hour record. The staple product was the Super Corsa road model made from 1947. Nowadays, Cinelli continues to be an iconic brand within cycling, what with their MASH range, carbon racing bikes and traditional steel framed racers.

 

COLNAGO

 

Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago in 1954 near Milan in Italy. Instead of following his family's farming business, Ernesto Colnago chose to work in the cycle trade, apprenticing first and subsequently taking up road racing. After a bad crash ended his racing career, he opened his own shop (1954) and built his first frames the same year. Much in demand as a racing mechanic, he was employed as head mechanic for the Molteni team of Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx.The company first became known for high quality steel framed bicycles, and later as one of the more creative cycling manufacturers responsible for innovations in design and experimentation with new and diverse materials including carbon fibre, now a mainstay of modern bicycle construction.

 

DEDACCIAI

 

The Lombard-based company, rose to prominence in the early 90s, with their tubing used to create the framesets that catapulted Miguel Indurain to fame. Like the rest of the world's manufacturers, they now produce their range of frames in carbon fibre, and with their latest offering, the RAN, they have produced a classic style looking racing frameset.

 

FELT

 

It all started in the late 1980�s when Jim Felt, an ace motocross mechanic at the time, designed and built a triathlon bike for motocross star Johnny O�Mara. Johnny was competing in triathlons for training and asked Jim to build him a new tri bike. Since then, the Felt brand has grown well beyond its racing roots, but the guiding principle remains the same. Every Felt bike � road or off-road, high end performance to entry level recreation-is meant to make the cycling experience the best it can be. Whether climbing the steepest peaks of the Tour de France, bombing singletrack trails, racing a first triathlon or commuting to work, each promises uncompromised performance, comfort, and efficiency.

 

FONDRIEST

 

Maurizio Fondriest was born in Cles (Trento) in the heart of the Val di Non on 15 January 1965. During his 12 seasons as a professional cyclist, he added a good 69 victories to his list of successes on the road. The winner of the World Championships at the young age of 23, he won the world cycling cup in �91 and �93, the mythical Milano-San Remo in 1993, and collected countless successes during his career both in traditional championships as well as stages in the Giro d�Italia and the Tour de France. Nowadays, he realizes that every single detail of the bicycle would have to reflect his personality and professionalism. So over the past years, he has registered several patents because he has always believed in R&D, and every new idea that comes to life is a new challenge.

 

LYNSKEY

 

Lynskey Performance Products is a family-owned and operated company with a burning desire to produce high quality, titanium road and MTB frames that are functional pieces of art, all handbuilt in the USA.

 

PINARELLO

 

Pinarello is a bicycle manufacturer from Italy. Originally, all Pinarello frames were steel. Pinarello used Columbus tubing for most of the 1980s. Then throughout the 1990s until 2004, Pinarello produced frames from conventional steel tubing using lugs, oversize tubing, oversize aluminium with TIG welded joints and other materials. In 2005, Pinarello produced its first all-carbon fiber frame. They currently supply frames to Team Sky.

 

TIFOSI

 

The first Tifosi bikes appeared 12 years ago in oversize alloy. They were very lightweight compared with the majority of U.K. produced bikes at that time. It was not long before magazine editors were singing the praises of the new Tifosi brand. The bikes are custom builds, completely tailored to a consumer's requirements. All options are available, whatever you'd like - groupsets, wheels, finishing kits.

 

VAN NICHOLAS

 

the Titanium Bike Company - Van Nicholas specializes in the development, design and assembly of titanium bicycles (mountain bikes, racing bikes and touring bikes). Having started in 1999 with titanium frames, the brand and the company Van Nicholas was founded in 2006. Titanium has the advantage that it is 30% stronger than steel, much lighter and unlike aluminium and steel does not corrode. In comparison with carbon, titanium is also more �flexible� and as a result will not �snap�.