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 late 1970s Tommasini lauched their top model ”Prestige” and immediately became very popular. Like all Tommasini frames also this one shows extraordinray details of lugs which were carefully filled and customized for highest performance: large ”T” cut-out from underside of bottom bracket, Tommasini’s logo engraved on the rear brake bridge and seatstay tubes. A trully work of art.
Happy to present this beautiful example of Italian cycling craftmanship, the Tommasini Prestige. The frame is work of art, made of Columbus SL, featuring the perfection and attention to details to providing the best performance you might expect from 1980s steel bicycle. Build with period correct Campagnolo Croce d’Aune/Chorus 8s groupset, Cinelli Tommasini cockpit, Turbo saddle, Fir wheels. Ready for serious riding or just for Sunday coffee ride.
Nice catch for any vintage bike lover. Fair price.
Frame: Tommasini Prestige, Columbus SL
-seat tube (c-t): 56,5cm
-top tube (c-c): 55,5 cm
-headset tube: 14 cm
-standover: 81 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Croce d’Aune
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Croce d’Aune
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus
Headset: Campagnolo Chorus
Shifters: Campagnolo Synchro 8s
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Chorus
Brakes: Campagnolo Chorus Monoplaner
Stem: Cinelli Tommasini (110 mm)
Handlebar: Cinelli Giro d’Italia
Hubs: Campagnolo Croce d’Aune
Cassette: Everest (8s
Tires: Schwalbe Lugano (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Chorus (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle Italia Turbo
Handlebar Tape: vintage white (new)
Condition: Used, but excellent condition. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Some tinny signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.
Era: late 1980s