Steven Cascalheira’s Daccordi demonstrates that sometimes it’s OK to mix a little rice with one’s pasta, but while you’re at it, you may as well start with a French apéritif. His Luigi-built Designer sports a predominantly Shimano 105 groupset, which contrasts with the Stronglight crankset.
Information on the Daccordi heritage is scant, there’s not even a Classic Rendezvous entry. In fact, the most extensive documentation available is a page from the Daccordi catalog on Mark Bulgier’s exhaustive archive, accompanied by some photos of Giuseppe, Luigi and their band of handsome young Italians – concentrating very hard and looking very industrious. Giuseppe Daccordi began building frames in 1937 but was halted by the Second World War. Afterwards, production was accelerated, resulting in a number of pro teams riding their bikes to victory. Giuseppe instilled his own exemplary work ethic in his son, Luigi, who joined the business during the 1960s, and they continue to produce high quality (albeit aluminum and carbonio) frames to this day. There is a steel frame in their range, and I’m currently battling Google Translate to discover whether it’s made by hand in their Pisa Workshop. Can anyone enlighten me?
Grazie to Steven Cascalheira for the great Wall Street-esque photography.