Updated: June 4/2020

1970s Montelatici Special

I bought this Montelatici Special form the original owner, Ann Phillips, in November of 2014. The frameset was painted by Brian Baylis on February 11, 2004. The story about the Montelaticis that made it to the USA - 14 of them - goes something like this. Sometime in 2002, Matteo Brandi discovered a group of unpainted frames in Vasco Montelatici's bike shop in Firenze, Italy. These frames share features such as the "fish mouth" - this drop out treatment is seen on French frames by Rene Herse, Alex Singer, etc., but not on frames coming out of Italy - and distinct indentations on the drive side chain stays (please see Ann Phillips' website for more details: www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Montelatici/annes_monte_p...). For the past 12 years there has been an ongoing debate as to who was the frame builder of the US Montelaticis on the Classic Rendezvous (CR) site, some even purporting that the frames were built in Cino Cinelli's shop, who happened to be a good friend of Montelatici. About the same time when I bought the Montelatici, I imported a Patelli Titanium form a seller in Germany. Upon inspection, I noticed that Ann Phillips' Montelatici, and the ones featured on the CR website (www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/Montelatici.htm) share a number of features (e.g., indentations on the drive side chain stays; bottom bracket with 6 machined oval holes and 3 round holes; fish mouth treatment of drop outs; small diamond cutouts on head lug cheeks; brake bridge reinforcement tangs; seat stay caps), indicating that the frames were built by the same hand. After discussions with CR members Dale B Brown (owner of Cycles de Oro, Greensboro, NC) and Kevin Kruger, the consensus is that Patelli was the frame builder of the Montelaticis featured on the CR website. In the not too distant future I will post pictures of my 1975 Patelli, so stay tuned. THE BIKE Frame: Most likely Columbus SL. Painted by Brian Baylis on February 11, 2014. Brakeset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record calipers, with Super Record levers and brake pad holders. Handlebars: Cinelli Campione del Mondo 66-40 Stem: Cinelli with "flying" C logo. Headset: Campagnolo Super Record Shifters: Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record (patent) Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record with 11 date code in square box (i.e., 1985). Campagnolo dustcaps. Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record bottom Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri Wheelset: 32 hole Campagnolo Nuovo Record hubs laced to Mavic Module E2 clincher rims. Chain : Regina Record Freewheel: 6 speed Regina CX-S Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27.2 mm) Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo