Irio Tommasini was born in early 1930s, in Grosseto (Tuscany), not far from Siena. He began his life as a framebuilder under the supervision of Giuseppe “the Magician” Pelà in 1948 while working in his factory in Lombardy, northern Italy. Pelà was a highly respected builder, but usually built for other brands (Pelà was building frames for Faema Team in 1968-1970). Irio Tommasini worked closely with him, so he learned and improved his own craft. At the Pelà’s factory he worked in the Racing Section (Reparto Corse) and turned his hand to whatever was needed. In early 1950s Irio Tommasini build bicycles that would be raced by champions, such as Louison Bobet, the first three-time Tour de France (1953-54-55) winner. In 1957 Irio Tommasini founded Cicli Tommassini and relocate to Grosseto where he started to build his own bikes.
In mid 1980s Tommasini launched a very special model called ”Prestige Air” as a response to Colnago Nuovo Mexico and Esa Mexico. Made of different style profiled and crimped Columbus SL tubing. Like all Tommasini frames also this one shows extraordinray details of lugs and cut-outs which were carefully filled and customized for highest performance. A trully work of art.
Happy to present this beautiful example of Italian cycling craftmanship, the Tommasini Air Prestige. The frame is work of art, extremely rare piece of steel, made of profiled Columbus SL tubing to increase the stiffness. Featuring the perfection and attention to details to providing the best performance you might expect from mid 1980s steel bicycle. Fully build with Campagnolo C Record 1st gen groupset and iconic Campagnolo Delta brakes, 3ttt stem and handlebar, San Marco Regal saddle, Galli clincher wheels.
Nice catch for any vintage bike collector. L’Eroica ready.
Frame: Tommasini Air Prestige / profiled Columbus SL
– seat tube (c-t): 58 cm
– top tube (c-c): 57 cm
– headset tube: 15.5 cm
– standover: 82 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo C Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo C Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Headset: Campagnolo C Record
Shifters: Campagnolo C Record
Brake Levers: Campagnolo C Record
Brakes: Campagnolo C Record Delta
Stem: 3ttt Record (120 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Comp
Hubs: Campagnolo C Record
Rims: Galli Giro d’Italia (clinchers)
Freewheel: Regina CX (6s)
Seatpost: Campagnolo C Record (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle San Marco Regal
Handlebar Tape: Leather, (original)
Tires: Michelin Hi-Lite
Pedals: not included
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.
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