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 XL EV2 Reparto Corse is made of lightweight triple-butted alloy shaped tubeset. Aluminum was the material of choice back then, even his biggets rival Lance Armstrong rode full carbon Trek 5500 that season. XL EV2 met Pantani’s specifications with slightly sloping geometry, and a relatively short head tube to suit his aggressive in-the-drops climbing style. Though not super-stiff as compared to today’s carbon fiber machines, Pantani’s bike was light, even by modern standards.
Happy to present legendary Bianchi XL EV2 Reparto Corse frameset, which dates back to 1999-2000. Comes with Campagnolo Record threaded headset and original Bianchi seat-clamp.
A chance for all Pantani fans to get this legendary frameset.
Frame / Fork: Bianchi XL EV2 Reparto Corse / Aluminium
– seat tube (c-t): 47 cm
– top tube (c-c): 51 cm
– headset tube: 10 cm
Headset: Campagnolo Record 1”
Seat clamp: Bianchi (original)
Condition: Used, but good condition. Some touch-ups and signs of normal use.