For Italy’s vast culture of legendary custom bicycle frame builders such as Colnago, Olmo, Pinarello, Cinelli, Gios and Pelizzoli, there doesn’t seem to be too many younger builders ready to prolong the tradition. Mattia Paganotti, of Legor Cicli, is one of a younger generation that seems to have inherited both the skills of his elders and their passion for the craft.
Mattia has already built an extensive portfolio of frames: this fillet-brazed, S&S-coupled tourer is the latest addition. It was contracted by Alessandro Vairo, an illustrator and designer who will doubtlessly approve of the smooth lines, subtle branding and glamorous paint. With a blend of pure function and unabashed flamboyance, it’s obvious the frame shares the same heritage as Vespa and Ferrari.
There’s a consistent theme across Mattias’ bikes — one of innovation and respect. He is aware of the Italian masters that have gone before him, but he also earns their pride by contributing his own style to the craft. Not limiting himself to road frames, Mattias also branches into cyclocross, 29er MTB and track frames. It’s reassuring to see Italy’s frame building legacy is in safe hands.