Fondriest Cu-Status

Fondriest Cu-Status

The X-Status frame was a star in the stable of Fondriest Bici for many years, although it’s doubtful whether Maurizio Fondriest ever considered a copper plated special edition. The Cu-Status, its title referencing copper’s chemical symbol, was orchestrated by Stephan Wijland of The Netherlands.

Stephan has a great passion for Quality Vintage Bikes, with an emphasis on mid-90s Italians, although this project was a little different. He was inspired by La Suprema’s coppered frame, and set about locating a donor. The Fondriest was selected, stripped and dispatched to the coaters.

The Dedacciai Optimal-tubed frame was returned with a shimmeringly perfect layer of copper, which Stephan will enjoy watching as it assumes, over time, the coveted verdigris green. With a Campy Record groupset, it’ll be a sweet ride — provided there’s no electrical storms forecasted.

We’ve previously featured Stephan’s Concorde Squadra, and a rare Colnago MTB, but for the full Quality Vintage Bikes glory, head to the flickr page. The full story of the build can be read here.

Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status
Fondriest Cu-Status

  • Dainius

    all good,but black stem better!

    • Onelesspedestrian

      Yes I think so… or copper seat post, your choice. This thing should patina up great, lets see some photos after a few years!

  • The_Pelotoons

    Very nice. He’s going to have a lot of fun with the Brasso soon.

  • Anton Rodman

    Love it….greasy embedded coppered fingerprints and all. Great frame.

  • phil

    too far foward.

  • g2000

    ummm I have an X Status and the paint job is on par with anything Colnago/Tommi/Somec etc. not sure why the need to copper plate this!

  • dNde

    Awesome bike and awesome paintjob. Just one question. How you resolve the rear derailleur cable housing? i’ve got a frame with that “diver’s helmet” cable stoping and don’t know how to engaje the cable housing!!!