Based in Bologna, Patelli is a bespoke frame manufacturer, who in the 1940s started specialising in high end road bicycles and cycling tools. This manufacturing background led to precision that was second to none. The attention is evident in the refined lugs and intricate engravings throughout their machines.
Since Patelli was such a small manufacturer, and worked so meticulously on every frame, it lacked the resources to equip a professional team. However, this did not stop many from recognising the craftsmanship of their work, and it was adopted by cyclists in the highest ranks of Italian racing. In the 1980s, for example, several Italian amateur championships - a prestigious title, indeed - were won on a Patelli.
This refurbished Patelli frame is a nice base of a vintage 1980s road bike.
Rear axle width: 128 mm
Steerer length: 169 mm (threaded part: 20 mm)
Bottom bracket: ITA
Seatpost diameter: 27,2 mm