Updated: June 3/2020
I bought this Marastoni (#242) from Steven Maasland in the summer of 2016. To paraphrase Maasland: This 1966 Marastoni demonstrates how ahead of his time Licinio Marastoni was. The frameset exhibits a modern geometry, with the rear brake cable running through the top tube. The Brooks B-17 seat was modified by Bartolomeo Bittini of Firenze, known to have modified the saddles of many pro riders during his time. Marastoni was born June 15,1922 in the town of Reggio Emilia, and in 1932 apprenticed in the workshop of Mattioli, a frame builder in that city. His first frames were produced in 1939. After the war Marastoni founded Grasselli-Marastoni cycles with Fernando Grasselli (1949). Later on the Marastoni "green" also came into production. Grasselli retires in the 60s, leaving Marastoni to pursue a solo career. In the early 1970s he produced some of the first cast lugs, supposedly inspired by Landi Renzo who used casings for gas systems. Marastoni built frames for a number of pros, including Coppi, Gimondi and later Moser. He passed on December 11, 2015. For more complete history please see a write-up by Steven Maasland ( www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/marastoni.htm). THE BIKE Frame: Frame material unknown. Rear brake cable threaded through top tube. According to Maasland, refinished by Marastoni in the late 60s, early 70s. No alterations done at time of refinishing. Year of construction verified by Maasland "... to prove the production date is that I seen Marastoni's log book and the serial number is listed clearly as being from 1966". Brakeset: Universal Super 68 Handlebars: Ambrosio Champion Stem: Ambrosio Champion Headset: Campagnolo Record Shifters: Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record with non-slotted cable stop. Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record with steel pulleys running on ball bearings.The Record derailleur was introduced toward the end of 1963. Please see www.velo-retro.com/tline.html Crankset: Campagnolo Record No date code, 151 BCD. After 1966 BCD was changed to 144. Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record Pedals: Campagnolo Record Strada with Christophe Special toe clips and Alfredo Binda straps. Wheelset: Campagnolo "no Record" hubs (36 hole) laced to Nisi Montcalieri rims using Robergel spokes and nipples. Record was added to hub barrels in 1963. Skewers are the rare, 1967/68 curved pista version (part no.1036/1A in Campagnolo Catalog No. 15) that came with the high-flange hubs. Note that quick release skewers were permitted on track bikes until the mid 60s. Chain : Everest l Freewheel: Everest Oro 5 speed Seatpost: Campagnolo Record 27.2 Saddle: Early 60s Brooks B-17 saddle modified by Bartolomeo Bittini.