Mountain bikers may disagree, but Italy is the spiritual home of cycling: the land of Masi, Colnago, Bianchi, Coppi, Pegoretti, the Giro d’Italia and the Madonna del Ghisallo. The culture is not an obsolete church, there are new frame builders eager to carry the torch. Naturally, with such an esteemed culture, the new crew has a high bar to reach, but Paolo and Gianmaria of Milan’s Ferriveloci, look set to raise it even higher.
Both Paolo and Gianmaria studied at the Milan Poly. Paolo also established a studious relationship with Mario Camilotto, protege of Sante Pogliaghi, while Gianmaria was tutored by Dario Pegoretti. Through Italy’s FixedForum site, a mutual love for the handcrafted bicycle was discovered, and the two guys established Ferriveloci. With Gianmaria’s background in ergonomics and Paolo’s specialty being industrial design, we could be witnessing a renaissance of the Italian scene.
Ferriveloci are a few frames into their catalog, although it’s predominantly track-based, but this is the first of their road racing machines, the Modello B. The shortened seat stays are a regular feature, but this is the first to feature a brake behind the bottom bracket shell — showing off that slender seat tube cluster. Some fine hand carving in the bi-lam seat tube collar is profiled too, a visual asset that’s carried across the range.
Ferriveloci’s mission statement is to preserve the Milanese custom framebuilding scene, but they also look to set it on fire. Have a look through their website for more. Special thanks to Riccardo Volpe and Matteo Zolt for the fine photography.