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Old 04-03-10, 10:00 AM
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Marastoni with C-Record gruppo

I just finished putting this bike together and expect to take it for its maiden ride later today.

The frame was built in Reggio Emilia in Italy by Licinio Marastoni. Licinio recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first frame built that carried his name (1939). I have one of his bikes from teh 50's, the 60's, the 70's, and this one is from the 80's. The investment cast lugs predate the ones made by Colnago and Microfusione Italiana by a few years. Take a look at the stays, they were modified by Licinio himself. The bike carries the name Marco Marastoni in honor of Licinio's late son. In fact after 1972, Licinio would put the name Marco Marastoni on his top bikes (if they would go to a customer who he thought was worthy), his more common ones (or ones going to customers who he thought were not sufficiently worthy) would simply carry the name Marastoni.
80's Marastoni right side II..jpg80s Marastoni left side..jpg80s Marastoni rear hub..jpg80s Marastoni drivetrain..jpg80s Marastoni panto stem..jpg80s Marastoni front right..jpg80's Marastoni fork blades..jpg
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I'm speechless. LOVE the Rolls....congrats on such a great build.
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Here are a few more Marastoni bikes that I have. The first one is from 1953 with all original equipment.

53_Marastoni_right_side..jpg

The second one is from 1966 which was apparently repainted in 1970 but for the rest is all original. See how it has the rear brake cable passing through the top tube like the 50's bike.

1966 Marastoni right side..jpg

The third one is from the early 70's which has been rechromed. Check the brazed-on front and rear brake center-bolt mounts. This was commonly done by Marastoni. He also frequently put braze-on front derailleurs at least 5 years before Campagnolo even offered the option.

Chrome Marastoni brazed-on rear brake..jpgChrome Marastoni right side..jpg

You can also see another 70's Marastoni with a full first generation super record gruppo that I already posted previously here: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post10589370

Here is also a further description of the builder as appears on the CR site: https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/marastoni.htm
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Superb.

On our next visit to Bayern I will take some photos to share with you.

My nephew has been a busy lad acquiring a bike or two that you may also have interest in.

Perhaps you'll be of some assistance down the road with identification?

For now, congratulations, you have some of the most delightful bikes on these pages, or any other for that matter.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Superb.

On our next visit to Bayern I will take some photos to share with you.

My nephew has been a busy lad acquiring a bike or two that you may also have interest in.

Perhaps you'll be of some assistance down the road with identification?

For now, congratulations, you have some of the most delightful bikes on these pages, or any other for that matter.
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Indeed, CdM's bicycles and demeanor are of obvious premier quality.
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they are all beautiful! my fav is the imitation Bianchi *giggle*
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Wow, very nice! C Record looks so distinctive and classy, like a 1920's roadster!
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3 daughters, each more beautiful than the next! I love the chrome/green combo. What kind of Mavic rim is that?

Excellent builds.
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3 daughters, each more beautiful than the next! I love the chrome/green combo. What kind of Mavic rim is that?

Excellent builds.
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Excellent bikes! This is a builder I have never heard of. Were/are Marastoni's custom only, as in made to order for individual customers? Were there "off-the-peg" frames? And was Licinio the only framebuilder?
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I am pleased to own the champagne bike on the classicrendezvous page that Licinio is pictured with (the one titled "circa 1950's"). The seller, Stefano Sandoli, was kind enough to obtain for me an autographed copy of that photo of Licinio posing with the bike. I have also seen a number of Citoyen du Monde's Marastonis at close range, and can vouch for the character that I think makes them truly special. Licinio's work is both thoughtful and elegant.
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Originally Posted by kirke View Post
Excellent bikes! This is a builder I have never heard of. Were/are Marastoni's custom only, as in made to order for individual customers? Were there "off-the-peg" frames? And was Licinio the only framebuilder?
They were sold from his shop and perhaps two or three others. All the Marco Marastoni bikes were custom made to order. There might have been some Marastoni frames built for stock but I don't think so. Licinio did most of the work himself, but did have a few helpers and apprentices. He sold his frame building equipment to teh Gozzi brothers of Rauler fame.
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