Custom Italian carbon – sounds expensive, right? Formigli wants you to rethink that notion. Somehow, the Italian road bicycle company founded by Renzo Formigli, who apprenticed under Cino Cinelli is able to offer custom built Italian carbon masterpieces for less than a comparable Pinarello. While the price is dependent on the build since everything is custom from geometry to the tubes to the paint, Formigli claims their Genesi frame is $2000 less than a Pinarello Dogma frame. Formigli also offers custom steel and aluminum bicycles if a classic lugged steel frame is more your speed.
Formigli recently announced an international shipping program that allows customers from anywhere in the world to ride a custom bike straight from Florence. The big news however, is that Formigli is about to release a new model. Find out more, after the break.
In a month, Formigli is set to release their latest frame – something that they say happens only once every 5 years. Called The ONE, all we have to go by is this small teaser from their Facebook but if it’s anything like the rest of their bikes it will prbably be beautiful. Apparently, the president of Continental Tire in Italy has already bought one – so probably not the one shown here with Mavic tires.
Technically any of Formigli’s bikes could be a women’s bike since they are all custom, but Formigli does offer two different carbon and one steel women’s specific bicycles including the carbon Iris above. Formigli carbon frames are constructed using a tube-to-tube construction with tubes made for them in Florence by a specialist that also makes parts for Ducati and Ferrari. It’s this tube-to-tube method that allows for custom geometry since a rigid mold isn’t needed.
Paint for each model is custom as well, with the final colors and graphics designed to the customer’s choice.
The steel Classic, is indeed well, classic. With gorgeous high polished lugs in gold or chrome, the silver brazed frames are constructed from CrMo4 tubing which Renzo views as the highest quality steel for a Silver brazed frame. Like the carbon bikes, the Classic is a custom bike with individualized geometry and paint.