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New Appreciation for Mino Denti

Old 06-24-20, 06:33 PM
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New Appreciation for Mino Denti

I needed a project for an 84 Super Record group and found this Mino Denti Master frame an ideal fit. Im very impressed with the quality of the frame and love the crimped SL tubes, indented seat tube and aero forks. Sadly, there is next to no information on vintage Dentis but they are quite beautiful frames (lady bugs and all)...



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^ That's mint.

They're a bit like Somecs in my opinion - high end craftmanship, but few and far between. Here's a bit of info I stole from SVB:

Professional cyclist in the late 1960s with Salvarani, Faema and Scic teams, Mino Denti left competitions to grab torch and file in 1979. One year later, he partnered with Salvi Ettore of Delta Bike S.N.C who contributed turn the Denti brand into a bigger company. However, Mr Denti left the bicycle industry before the mass-production took over.

I think mass-production is a relative term here. They certainly favoured a tight rear triangle!
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Back in 1985 Denti was co sponsor of a Professional cycling team out of Mexico ,I saw them race once and I remember them because one of the riders was non other than Raul Alcala whom you probably have heard of. They were riding Denti Bikes at the time.

The Team was Denti- Valtron.

https://www.cyclingarchives.com/ploegfiche.php?id=6746
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Great info thanks!
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Great find, that looks spotless.

I agree they are great underrated bikes with some lovely flourishes. I've got a Columbus SL 'road tech five', seen here with modern forks though I do still have the ladybird embossed original chrome ones.

The top, down and seat tubes are all teardrop shaped Gilco tubing. It has fastback seat stays, bulbous seat stays that look like Popeye's arms, and nice looking spear point seat tube lugs

More spear point lugs on the bottom bracket, and finished off in that famous Italian Azzurri blue.

I've had this bike for 11 years, it was my first geared road bike and it made me properly fall in love with cycling. 8 road frames later and that addiction is still in full swing, but I've still got this one, and likely always will. In its current set up its my lightest and most comfortable bike. We've done many 1000's of miles together, and my current longest ever ride in a day of 211 miles was done on this bike, so I am hopelessly sentimental about it and its very special to me.

They are great bikes and I hope you have many happy years and miles on yours.

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Candy cane! Lovely bike.
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