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Old 10-08-15, 10:48 AM
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Anybody else have a Torelli?

Picked up a 98' Countach frame last week that seems to be pretty nice. It has Columbus Brain OS tubing. Gotta go campy, so I will probably buy either Veloce or Athena.. My frame already has a Veloce headset and BB so that might be the better choice to keep things uniform. Anyways If anybody has one, it would be really neat if you can post a picture!
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@Giacomo 1 has a Torelli track bike. I hope he joins here and shows it off, because it's worth looking at.
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I just picked up a 99 Nitro Express Frameset with EL OS tubing for my next project, probably going to build it up with 11 speed Athena as well. It is more of a silver/champagne color in person, yellow lighting makes it look a little more gold. looks like a really nice frame and super excited to get it all built up and on the road Hope you enjoy yours too.
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The sell them new here, but the shop is not one I trust.
For some reason, I don't fit the size I've been riding for 30+ years, but I do fit the two smaller Torelli frames he has in stock.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
The sell them new here, but the shop is not one I trust.
For some reason, I don't fit the size I've been riding for 30+ years, but I do fit the two smaller Torelli frames he has in stock.
Robbie, where are you? I haven' seen a shop selling anything Torelli for years!

Fer the thread, I have two Mondonicos, one older one with Columbus SL (but not marked), and one made with ELOS. The ELOS is a fantastic bike, and the SL is awesome, but not quite as much!
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I have a mid-to-late 80s Torelli Super Strada. Shown in original Gios Blue paint, and after a repaint in gold metallic.

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I love those lugs! What did you pay for it? I payed 200 for mine. Here it is:

Originally Posted by Slybry View Post
I just picked up a 99 Nitro Express Frameset with EL OS tubing for my next project, probably going to build it up with 11 speed Athena as well. It is more of a silver/champagne color in person, yellow lighting makes it look a little more gold. looks like a really nice frame and super excited to get it all built up and on the road Hope you enjoy yours too.
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I have a mid eighties Super Strada in blue, 57 cm, Panto seat post/chain ring/stem in yellow to match the yellow painted hearts.
Campy brakes/levers/hubs/FD & RD/pedals/cages. Ofmega chain ring/headset.
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Tires- Handmade Fortenza (blue) 700 x 23c (160 psi max).
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Chrome Fork/rear stays.
Its a big 57 so i don't ride it at all.
Has a few paint chips.
No pics at the moment, sorry.
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I always wanted a red Countach after I read a magazine review in the late 90's. They said it was one of the best bikes they had ever tested.
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Their shop is only a few miles from me. I was going to build up a new frame from them but I found a better fitting option elsewhere. Seen them in a few bike shops around here, mostly being the only steel option available in the higher end shops that mostly stock carbon frames. I think they have a shop locator on their website, if you want to find someplace local to check out what a new ones looks like. Look at the pics posted in this thread, their design hasn't changed at all.
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I do! I swore I had started a thread somewhere, but now I can't find it...

I picked up a 1990's Mondonico made Countach OS a few weeks ago, and it has quickly become my daily commuter. I agree with the above comments that these frames ride bigger than most. I usually ride closer to 60cm+, but with the rising stem and angle of the seat tube, mine fits me pretty well at 58cm. Currently equipped with Shimano 105 which I am slowly moving over to a DA 7400 group. Campagnolo would be nice looking too, but since it came with Shimano, I'm going to stay true (ans save a fair bit of coin!)



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@thrasher9905 I got mine for $450 a little high, but I couldn't pass it up. You got a good deal at $200 especially if it is in good shape. Here are some more detailed pics of the lugs


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@Slybry Wow if 200 is a deal than it must be pretty good. Yeah it is in really nice condition there is just one spot where the front side pull brake came in contact with the frame. Fairly minor though.
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Well that is good to hear. I ride 58's and this frame is a 56.
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I do! I swore I had started a thread somewhere, but now I can't find it...

I picked up a 1990's Mondonico made Countach OS a few weeks ago, and it has quickly become my daily commuter. I agree with the above comments that these frames ride bigger than most. I usually ride closer to 60cm+, but with the rising stem and angle of the seat tube, mine fits me pretty well at 58cm.
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Torellis were built by various builders, and to different quality levels, but this brand made me a fan of contract-built Italian frames and even the cheaper ones did a good job of imitating the ride character of the best racing frames.

I love going for a fast ride on this one. Built with Oria tubing, an expensive Cycle-Art re-paint and Campagnolo's lowest level Xenon gruppo that imitates the Athena Syncho-7 gruppo well enough.


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Man that's an awesome looking bike, I bet it rides smooth.
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Certainly not a Torelli, but some Torellis were Mondonicos, and I always thought the Torelli geometries matched the
Mondonico geometries, according to the Torelli catalogs in the days of Chairman Bill. This one is a 1984 (or so), that
Chairman Bill actually could not identify. He thought that it may have been imported before he took on Mondonico.
In 1986 I bought it from the first owner, a grad student in Denver. He had bought it in Boulder, CO, but did not share with me
what shop had sold it to him.

This bike has a Columbus sticker that does not have any tubing designators. It is standard diameters, pinned construction, and with no perceptible rifling in the main tubes, so I think it's SL.

Right now it needs a massive frame repair and I might not do it. I had a front crash into a boulder-strewn drainage ditch, at about 16 mph. The tt and dt creased significantly just behind the head tube, and the fork was slightly bent. I got the fork straightened, but still want to find the best price for the frame repair/repaint. It's too bad, this was one of my go-to bikes.


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Originally Posted by thrasher9905 View Post
Picked up a 98' Countach frame last week that seems to be pretty nice. It has Columbus Brain OS tubing. Gotta go campy, so I will probably buy either Veloce or Athena.. My frame already has a Veloce headset and BB so that might be the better choice to keep things uniform. Anyways If anybody has one, it would be really neat if you can post a picture!
That is a really sweet frame. I bought one in '98 actually from the shop I worked at in gold (we were a Torelli dealer) and it was a beautiful build. I really liked the Brain tubing and had it built up with 6500. I honestly still wish I had that bike. Sorry, I don't have any pictures of it anymore though.
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Originally Posted by Vinnems View Post
Their shop is only a few miles from me. I was going to build up a new frame from them but I found a better fitting option elsewhere. Seen them in a few bike shops around here, mostly being the only steel option available in the higher end shops that mostly stock carbon frames. I think they have a shop locator on their website, if you want to find someplace local to check out what a new ones looks like. Look at the pics posted in this thread, their design hasn't changed at all.
They are in the valley now. Charman Bill is no longer involve with Torelli Imports.
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I ride a Torelli Stiletto for some time. It was my go to frame about 10 years ago. I think all of their frame have the typical Italian stable handling including their frames build in the 80s. I know they make a solid product and would not hesitate to purchase another. I have ridden and raced lots of Italian over the years and they all feel pretty much the same.
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Here's mine: Nitro Express Campy Chorus. I've got a cheap steel fork on it now just to test how it handles with less offset (43mm) vs the Columbus Carve fork it came with (45mm). Was a little squirrely at 40+ mph. Much better with 43mm offset. Not sure if I'll stick with steel or go with an ENVE 2.0

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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
I have an older mid-80s Torelli Super Strada.


Hello tyler_fred and other Torelli owners, I have a Torelli Tretubi, and I'm trying to find out more about it. It has the same decal style as tyler-fred's, but I had the bike repainted and used the more modern decals. It appears the decal style changed around '87 or '88.

I contacted "Chairman Bill" and sent him a picture of my frame (I never had the orig fork) before the repaint - he thought it was built by DeBernardi. Does that make sense to you folks? One fairly unique feature of my Torelli based on seeing pictures of others is the fastback design and the double tapered seatstays. I think those were common for SL tubesets. Is that similar to any other Torelli owners' bikes? If so, do you know the year and builder of your Torelli? By the way I removed the wheel decals, so it looks much better now..

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Originally Posted by 1984trek760 View Post
Hello tyler_fred and other Torelli owners, I have a Torelli Tretubi, and I'm trying to find out more about it. It has the same decal style as tyler-fred's, but I had the bike repainted and used the more modern decals. It appears the decal style changed around '87 or '88.

I contacted "Chairman Bill" and sent him a picture of my frame (I never had the orig fork) before the repaint - he thought it was built by DeBernardi. Does that make sense to you folks? One fairly unique feature of my Torelli based on seeing pictures of others is the fastback design and the double tapered seatstays. I think those were common for SL tubesets. Is that similar to any other Torelli owners' bikes? If so, do you know the year and builder of your Torelli? By the way I removed the wheel decals, so it looks much better now..

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What was the original color of your bike? Some if not all Tre Tubis were built in a small shop in Torino, Italy. The Torelli brochure that I have depicts a Tre Tubi, and judging from the picture, it very well could have the fastback stays. Available color was either red/white or blue/white retinato (fishnet).
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It was white with red fishnet. Do you know what year that brochure was from?
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Originally Posted by tyler_fred View Post
I have an older mid-80s Torelli Super Strada.

Lovely Bicycle. Would Love to see a pic of you riding it. Just trying to imagine how the current setup fits.
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