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Old 12-07-2021, 07:55 AM
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Pelizzoli GP- Custom Throwback

This was my first experience with a custom frame builder, back in 2015. Visited Sr. Pelizzoli's shop in Bergamo for a fitting and consultation. He was 86 at the time, a recent cancer survivor, and only building in steel- the shop was putting out some carbon but those duties were relegated to his son.

The fitting experience was very pleasant- he was excited to build something in the style of his original Ciocc frames and pulled out some interesting vintage bits from his workshop that he'd been saving. I had some ideas about setback and wanted to make sure it would take 700's to 32mm and 650's to 38mm.

The construction and delivery phase, however, was a different story. Frame delivery was promised in 12 weeks but that didn't happen. Very poor communication, actually zero communication at all, for almost a year. But when the frameset showed up, it was gorgeous. Sr. Pelizzoli is from the 'long and low' school of steel frame design, so this one is somewhat shorter (53.5cm vs, my usual 57cm) but with a 56cm top tube.

I was skeptical at first, but five years later it still rides well. Currently set up with 650b X 38, DA 7700 and Tektro 559's. It travels well, too: been to Cino Heroica, L'Eroica California, Tour de Tucson, Thunder Ridge, Skyline Drive and a bunch of other all-day & weekend events.

Not sure whether Sr. P is still alive and/or building, am pretty sure this was the only frameset (with dual plane fork, no less) he built in 2016. Bergamo was the epicenter for the first run-through of Covid-19 in Italy and communication remains poor.
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Old 12-07-2021, 09:09 AM
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nice, i like this one. will we see it in CA this spring?
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Old 12-07-2021, 10:33 AM
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WOW, what a bike.
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Old 12-07-2021, 10:57 AM
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Love this. So awesome. And the head badge is {chef' kiss} over the top.
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Old 12-07-2021, 01:00 PM
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nice, i like this one. will we see it in CA this spring?
Not likely, as it made the trip to Eroica in 2018.
But, we’ll see.
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Old 12-07-2021, 01:17 PM
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Glad I got to see this in person. That green orange and the bi-plane crown look so great.
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Old 12-07-2021, 01:17 PM
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wow that's a stunner.
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Old 12-07-2021, 03:10 PM
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At my size steel is the only choice, or Ti. That thing trips all my triggers, and the fork is lovely. Lucky you!
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Old 12-07-2021, 04:49 PM
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Love the color! Elegant!
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Old 12-07-2021, 04:58 PM
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Love the color! Elegant!
I have to say that I've never really thought of orange bar tape, orange saddle, or orange cables, but that looks great. Mostly because it complements/highlights the orange in the head tube badge, tube decals, fork crown, etc.

May it ride as good as it looks, and may you enjoy many pleasant miles and happy years with it.
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Old 12-07-2021, 05:51 PM
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Wonderful bike, and story on it’s beginning……’long and low’ for sure, whats the wheelbase, imagining 104 cm’s or thereabouts?
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Old 12-07-2021, 07:40 PM
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just to pile on all the other positive remarks.congratulation,just fantastic from the dt shifters to the great colors and the chrome details.out of the park imo.
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Old 12-07-2021, 09:20 PM
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Top notch.
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Old 12-07-2021, 09:23 PM
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Stunning!
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Old 12-08-2021, 08:14 AM
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Doc, every time you post pics of this bike I find another one of it’s wonderful details. Great bike.
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