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Vito Ortelli bike from early 80's

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Columbus tubing with proprietary lugs, aero seat stays, flattened chainstays, 57 cm C/C, early 1980's

Pantographed Cinelli 1R stem, Ambrosio handlebars

Ortelli pantographed OMAS headset. Columbus fork with aero fork blades, fork crown similar to Cinelli

OMAS hub, Mavic rim

OMAS hub, Mavic rim

OMAS chainset, Titanium BB

Columbus seatpost, Selle San Marco Regal Girardi

Campagnolo Superleggeri pedals

Ortelli pantographed Campagnolo shift levers, Campagnolo Super Record derailleurs

Custom Campagnolo Record brake levers with internal routing and pantographing

Vito Ortelli raced as a pro in the 40's and 50's and was Italian national champion on multiple occasions. Upon retirement he joined his father who was a bike builder and bike shop owner in Faenza. As of 2013, Vito Ortelli is the oldest surviving Giro D'Italia participant at 92 years of age. This bike was one of the last that he built. It has an engraved head tube,m seat tube, top tube and seat stay. The lugs are unique. the seat stays are what is known in Italy as "schiacciata". Interesting cut-outs in headlugs.

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Such a beauty. Masterful

Such a beauty. Masterful engraving and lug work. And even the headset is pantoed! Talk about that little extra something. Boy that's nice.

What isn't terribly visible

What isn't terribly visible in the photos is that the seat and chain stays, as well as the fork blades have also been modified specifically for this bike.

This bike is too special for

This bike is too special for velospace. So many features is impossible to fit in five little pics...

So Awesome

Just about everything on this bike is rare and beautiful. Love how it's put together.

Fantastic bike!

Fantastic bike!

the chain

Isn't the chain a bit to short? The engraving "maasland" in the stem is probably a name from Belgium or the Netherlands. What a great bike this is,thanks for sharing!

The chain was set up for a

The chain was set up for a smaller largest cog. It does however work in every usable gear (I would never use the large/large combination). I heb de stuurnok zelf laten pantografieren.

Goed Gedaan

nice personal touch.
Looking for a 56 Batavus or Gazelle Track!


She's a beautifull, must be happy


Wow, just beautiful!

I admit that I've never heard of this builder, so thanks for the info on him and his father. I love the color and the way the paint and chrome work together on the fork and stays. The yellow panto and the Benotto tape works great against the green and that engraved head tube badge is really something.

Thanks for sharing her!

The signature on the top

The signature on the top tube and the V Ortelli on the seatstay are also engraved (They are NOT decals). There is a complete book written about Ortelli in Italian. Quite a fascinating man who raced in a fascinating time period.

great bicycle,

love every aspect of this bicycle, specially the paint job on the fork and semi chromed rear triangle is awesome. we are accustomed to see nothing less than this from you, like this high end italian stallion.

best regards Ravi

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