The 90s were a heady decade. Although, in terms of pro cycling, no more decadent than any other. In terms of pro cycling, it was dominated by the legend of Marco Pantani — ‘il Pirata’: the rise and disastrous fall of one of the sport’s greatest climbers. His team, Mercatone Uno and their Bianchi bikes, are just as iconic for their devil-may-care speed and bravado as Marlboro’s Ferraris.
Andrew ‘FYXO‘ White and Mascot Cycles present this pristine example of a Mercatone Uno Bianchi. Although the team rode an alloy version of this frame, we’ll prefer this one, made from lightweight Boron steel tubes. Marco was a true weight weenie who worked with Bianchi to produce some of the world’s lightest aluminium frames, many with tubes so thin they had to be filled with structural foam.
Recently, Madmen Entertainment released ‘Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist’, a feature film that chronicles his story. Head to the FYXO website for the trailer and Australian cinema screening locations — not to mention the Bianchi’s complete spec sheet and more photos. Epic is one word that can be used to describe this bike, the film and The Pirate.
PS: The Bianchi is for sale. Contact Ray Blucher of Mascot Cycles for details.