We don’t see a lot of aluminum frames on Cycle EXIF, apart from the odd vintage mountain bike. There just aren’t that many custom frame builders out there who specialize in the metal. Which is a pity because, as in the case of those vintage mountain bikes (in their day), fresh aluminum tubes bonded with fat, even welds were enough to inspire, excite and assure a highly satisfying ride.
Enter Craig Gaulzetti and his aluminum Corsa frame. Craig has developed the design of the Corsa to be a stiff, fast and responsive, all-year, all-weather road rider. There was a time when aluminum was the peloton’s material of choice, due to its superior ride quality and was only ousted because carbon fiber was cheaper to produce than metal frames.
The Corsa is constructed from custom 7000 series tubes from Dedacciai which, combined with its well considered rear triangle construction, contributes to a bike that feels closer to a fine steel race frame than a ‘standard’ aluminum one. The front end, according to Embrocation Magazine, is exceptionally stiff, perfect for long, out-of-the-saddle efforts such as sprinting and climbing.