Italian frame manufacturer Battaglin, who draws its name from 1981 Giro winner Giovanni Battaglin, is bringing their line of Italian-made carbon and alloy road frames stateside, with an initial offering of four models that ooze Italian heritage. Click more to see what Battaglin has in store for 2011.
Anchoring Battaglin’s line up is their top model, the C13. The full carbon machine is designed for pure speed, using 3k carbon weave throughout the frame, and on the full carbon tapered fork as well. The integrated seatmast doesn’t offer much in the way of adjustability, but at this point, it’s performance over comfort.
The frame come’s spec’d with some of the best parts around, being offered in four options. The Sram RED build comes with two options, with either Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels (€3,999) or Mavic Cosmic Carbon SR’s (€4,999).
If you want to keep the Italian theme going, the C13 also comes as a Campagnolo Super Record build kit, with Bora Ultimate tubular wheels and a FSA K-force carbon handlebar/stem set up. It’s a little more pricey (ok a lot) at €5,999, but you get a full Italian build. Can’t beat that.
Finally, for the Shimano faithful, a Dura Ace build with Cosmic Carbone SR wheels and the same FSA K-Force handlebars and carbon stem as the other builds will run you a cool €5,699.
In addition to the red/raw carbon color scheme pictured above, the C13 will also be offered in red/white and blue/white color schemes.
The C14 is very much similar to the C13, but uses and adjustable seatpost instead of the integrated seatmast of the C13.
The C13 also uses slightly lesser components, with just two options; a Sram Force/Mavic Cosmic Carbone setup (€3,399) and a Campagnolo Chorus build with Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels for €3,699.
The 970g C12 frame offers a more reasonably priced frame and build options, offering a Sram Apex (€1,499), Rival (€1,899), and Force (€2,699 w/ Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels) build as well as a Shimano Ultegra setup (€2,399).
The C12 again uses a 3k carbon monocoque mold, with a matching 1 1/8″ fork. Alloy FSA Wing handlebars with SL-K seatposts and stems appear on the higher end C12 builds, with house-branded Battaglin alloy components showing up on the lower end models, like the Apex and Rival builds.
Rounding out the Battaglin carbon offerings is the C11, a budget ride with plenty of Italian inspiration. Campy Athena components, Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels, and FSA components everywhere else make this a good mid-price competitor, listing at $2481 around the web here in the states.
The company has a web store up here, but shipping to the states might get pricey. Battaglin will have a full list of dealers and distributors in the US shortly, so stay tuned for an update on when and where Battaglin frames will retail stateside.