am looking for any info on a conti brand road i have just put back on the road ,it appears to consist of carbon tubes jointed to alloy lugs , the bottom of the lower lug tells me it was made in france? there is a fleur de lys emblem & the letters conti on the head tube& stickers saying conti on the down tube. the frame is not painted, the carbon tubes are blackish& the lugs are shiney alloy.i obtained the frame only & have built the bike up using mainly european parts the friction gear shifters are down tube mounted, i suspect this bike would not had flight deck type changers.it certainly looks the part. any info? will post images later
I used to import Conti bicycles from Mario Conti of Florence Italy. The frames are colored with some kind of anodizing process he used. I still ride mine. It is a dream. When I take it in for any kind of service, the shop personnel go wild. It is a super nice machine and I will bet will perform against any current day ride on the competition circuit. I have a race geometry frame and a touring frame. The racing set up was made custom for me by Mario, who I will assume is no longer here on Earth.
Hey Bruno, are you still there? I can tell you about Mario Conti. I spent the fall term of 1985 in Florence, Italy, (college term abroad) and while there, someone directed me to buy a bike at his legendary shop in a suburb north of Florence. I took two buses and walked a few blocks. The shop was amazing, gorgeous, bikes everywhere. He sold me a bike --bright red, yellow handlbar tape, hand-molded suede seat -- and gave me a bottle of wine. The bike was used a lot initially, then hung in my parents' garage for about 15 years, and then stolen a few years ago. My cycling friends always said how gorgeous it was -- hand-welded steel frame etc etc. I also have a letter from him including address in case I ever needed parts. I have that in a file somewhere. His daughter and grandson were also there and I would not be at all surprised if the shop is just where it was 28 years ago. Good luck. Amy
Since the OP hasn't been around since posting starting this thread and it looks like one of our newest members followed a Google trail just help out the OP, I'm moving this from Introductions to Classic & Vintage in case anyone else decides to head down this rabbit hole.
well, it's all beating a very dead horse at this point, but just for historical "beer & skittles", there's another Conti which was a brand that was made at the same workshop/factory that produced Ciocc as well as John brand frames in the '80s....this somewhere in the Milan or Bergamo region, not Florence.
However, even tho the "fleur d'lys" is associated with Florence, it's also used on this Milanese Conti brand...wonder if there was some arrangement with the Mario Conti family?
Anyway, back to the OP's frame: sounds like a re-branded Vitus, maybe an ALAN frame but whichever was sold under this Conti/Ciocc/John enterprise's brand.
Edit: a bit of the history of the Conti/Ciocc/John brand, they still own the brand "Ciocc" which leaves Pelizzoli building under his own name these days. http://www.ciocc.it/en/the-brand
And edit 2: a pic of the Conti catalog with the "Fiori" as used here, not exactly a Firenze style....also seems the the Conti was not Mario, but Luigi (and later Giacomo). http://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/conti/4.jpg