80s flair and Italian style, this Patelli SLX is a showstopper!
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 this dream machine.
Since Patelli was such a small manufacturer, and worked so meticulously on every part, it lacked the resources to equip a professional team. However, this did not stop many from recognising the craftsmanship of these frames, 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 a Patelli.
If we take a closer look at the frame presented here, we find what we would expect from an absolute top class artisan. The lugs and the elegant cutouts represent a frame that was made with pride. On the technical side, the Columbus SLX tubing was state of the art in the mid 1980s. The helical reinforcements on the inside of the tubes, contributed to their lightness and stiffness. Key advantages and an obvious choice for amateurs and professionals alike.
This Patelli, however, also adopted forward thinking features, such as internal cable routing drill outs, which left the frame cleaner and more aerodynamic. Fork and rear stays are chromed and engraved, yet another example of this frames unique attention to detail.