Marco Pantani (13 January 1970 – 14 February 2004) widely considered as one of the best climbers of his era in professional road bicycle racing. He won both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France and in 1998, is the last cyclist, and one of only seven, to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year. Pantani’s attacking style and aggressive riding turned him into a fan favorite in the late 1990s. He was known as “Il Pirata” (“The pirate”) because of his shaved head and the bandana and earrings he always wore. At 1.72 m and 57 kg, he had the classic build for a mountain climber.
Bianchi’s Reparto Corse (Bianchi’s Race Department) facility hand built frames for their top riders and of course Marco Pantani was one of them riding for Mercatone Uno sponsored by Bianchi. Their top model Mega Pro XL was made of exclusive set of Triple Butted SC61.10A heat treated shaped tubes. Aluminum was the material of choice back then, even some of his biggets rivals rode full carbon bikes.
Proudly presenting one of the most iconic bikes in cycling history, the Bianchi Mega Pro Mercatone Uno, very similar to Marco Pantani’s bike on his way to winning Giro d’Italia and Tour de France back in 1998. The frame is shinning in beautiful mix of Bianchi and Mercatone Uno paintjob, build with Campagnolo Record 9s (1998) groupset, Campagnolo Shamal wheels, Record Titanium seatpost, Pantani’s personalized Selle Italia Flite titanium saddle, Time Equipe Mag pedals, titanium bottle cage, so all exact components as used by Marco Pantani at the 1998 Tour de France.
Unique chance for all Pantani fans to get this amazing replica. Vintage Team Mercatone Uno 1998 jersey included.
Frame / Fork: Bianchi Mega Pro Reparto Corse Mercatone Uno (SC61.10A) / Time Carbon fork
-seat tube (c-t): 60 cm
-top tube (c-c): 58 cm
-headset tube: 15 cm
-standover: 82,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record (175mm ; 53/39)
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium 9s
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record
Brake Levers / Shifters: Campagnolo Record 9s
Brakes: Campagnolo Record
Wheelset: Campagnolo Shamal
Chain: Campagnolo C9
Pedals: Time Pro Equipe Mag
Stem: ITM 110mm Big One Mercatone Uno
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record Titanium (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle Italia Flite Titanium ”Il Pirata”
Tires: Vittoria Action 20
Bottle cage: Titanium
Handlebar tape: Bianchi cork
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Some touch-ups signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.