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Does anyone know about Scarfacci Frames?(13 posts)

Does anyone know about Scarfacci Frames?Me Dot Org
Jan 31, 2002 10:58 AM
Yesterday I went by a LBS and saw one of the employees riding away on a beautiful, classic orange-red lugged frame. It was a Scarfacci Stiletto. I must admit I had never seen one before. It was gorgeous in the classic Italian sense. It looked like a late 70's frame, until you got to the carbon fiber ergo shifters.

The guy said that they were very rare, Italian, imported, and mentioned a relationship with Colnago. (I think he said that Scarfacci built racing frames for Colnago, but I know that could probably get me shot, so don't quote me.)

Anyway, I want to find out more about them. Several references to them on the web, but it appears that their web site is down.

Has anyone had any experience with Scarfacci?
yes. (nm)morrison
Jan 31, 2002 12:08 PM
re: Scarfacci history.guido
Jan 31, 2002 12:09 PM
He was a small frame builder who worked out of his garage in Palermo, Sicily during the 80's. His career abruptly ended when, during Francis Ford Coppola's shooting of Godfather 6 or 7, he was killed by a live bullet from a gun believed to be loaded only with blanks, by a moonlighting Palermo policeman, working as an extra on the film.

His family is still trying to keep the Scarfacci name afloat, but, as you found out, they are only beginning a relationship with a world market.
I'm not making this up!Me Dot Org
Jan 31, 2002 12:32 PM
While I'm sure the Scarfacci family was crushed (although I heard they settled out of court for a Coppola lire) this is not the family I'm talking about.

Here's a picture of the noble steed:
Scarfacci, or "scarface"guido
Jan 31, 2002 1:14 PM
The name still has to materialize out of cyberspace. Go to their site and it's a general directory of goods and services like Yahoo.com. These guys are ambitious bike builders, if they aren't some kind of scam.
"a Coppola lira"!?! HAHAHAHAAA.....aigh. sigh. nm.jeebus
Jan 31, 2002 2:49 PM
odd.raboboy
Jan 31, 2002 1:01 PM
There are a lot of web sites with links to their site, but they must have lost their domain name because http://www.scarfacci.com goes to s shit site that wants to sell the name. Too bad, nice bike.
A former racer friend suggested..Lone Gunman
Jan 31, 2002 5:15 PM
I look at the Scarfacci and/or Pegoretti if I get over to Italy this spring. I may shop for a frame while there.
A former racer friend suggested..Me Dot Org
Jan 31, 2002 9:56 PM
Competitive Cyclist is having a sale on Pegorettis (if their site is up-to-date).

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/bike_pegoretti.htm

If not, darn the luck, I guess you'll just have to go to Italy....
A former racer friend suggested..Lone Gunman
Feb 1, 2002 6:40 AM
Thanks, I saw that site earlier this week and book marked it. GVH has a few but nothing in my size.
I've been on the sitegrandemamou
Jan 31, 2002 5:40 PM
It was kicked around on another forum over the summer. Velonews or cycling forum. The site made vague references to his successful racing career and experience frame building. As I remember it nobody had ever heard of him or the shop.

There wasn't a whole lot of info on the site about geometry or frame materials. There was a price list, pretty expensive and an address in CA. You might try an archive search of those two forums.

Sorry I can't be of more help, beer, kids and time have dulled my memory.
I've been on the siteMe Dot Org
Jan 31, 2002 9:51 PM
Thanks - found the thread on Velonews:

http://www.velonews.com/HyperNews/get/archives/archive04/56.html?inline=-1

...more ether...It's wierd, just hard to find facts on this ride. The guy who was riding the bike works for American Cyclery in San Francisco, pretty reputable shop, and has worked there for a while, so I don't think he'd be taken in by a 'flavor of the month' brand, but I can't say I know for sure. Some of the Velonews posts mentioned poor welds. I didn't inspect them closely, but they looked okay, and the bike was definitely light (I did heft it).
If you find anything outgrandemamou
Feb 2, 2002 5:56 AM
post back. I'm very curious.