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Anyone know anything about Battaglin?(7 posts)

Anyone know anything about Battaglin?StevieP
Dec 3, 2002 12:58 AM
I am trying to buy a relatively cheap steel frame in the Uk.

I have seen a Battaglin Columbus Brain tube bike for £300.

Does anyone know much about Battaglin as a builder and if these bikes are any good?

Anyone know where I can buy one other than Ricci?
a little ....Spirito
Dec 3, 2002 9:03 AM
they are a small italian name and made some very nice bikes. they dont hold the same cache as the bigger names and not many made their way here - its usually not due to a question of quality or function but more of marketing, profile and brand awareness.

Battaglin himself was a well regarded racer - i dont think he makes any of the frames but uses his name to sell (ie merckx, moser etc etc).

they have done steel for quite a while so you can be fairly confident that the modern one you are considering will be well made. columbus brain is a good tubeset - ain't light but it will be adequate and long lasting.

http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/battaglin/

if its a good price, your size and the right color go for it - there are many great smaller italian manufacturers around and most do a good job. keep in mind that it isnt exactly a sought after brand if you sell it down the road.

i would rather a new Battaglin than a used 'nago/'rello/'bianchi.

ciao
Change of plan?Eager Beagle
Dec 3, 2002 9:43 AM
here you go:

http://www.bikeframes.com

Harry hall used to do them too - don't know if they still do though....
re: Anyone know anything about Battaglin?DMoore
Dec 3, 2002 10:20 AM
They've certainly been around for years. IIRC, Greg LeMond won one of his TdF's on a Battaglin.
sure that wasn't a Bottechia??pben
Dec 3, 2002 10:48 AM
re: Anyone know anything about Battaglin?Spunout
Dec 3, 2002 11:16 AM
I remember a 1984 Olympic special frame with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary gruppo hanging in my LBS at the time. Definitely a collector's item. As Spirito says, they do good steel work (Status Quo among italian frames in the 70s and 80s).

I saw a new one, surfing the other day but can't remember. Seems that all U2/V107/Airplane tubed italian bikes are the vanilla offering like SL/SLX was 25 years ago. They are all good, but look hard to find something unique and special.

cheers,

Michael.
Geometery commentNessism
Dec 3, 2002 11:34 AM
Battaglin frames use quick steering geometery, particularly in the average frame sizes - 55 cm. The combination of steep steering head angles and lots of fork rake make for great crit geometery but somewhat nervous handling for general crusing.

Nice frames for the most part. I rode a SLX frame for a while and liked it.

Ed