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 iconic piece 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 early 80s racing machine. Completelly biuld with top of the line Campagnolo Super Record groupset (PAT.81) with Tommasini engraved stem & chainring + Tommasini bar end plugs and pedal leather straps.
Iconic and collectible. Eroica ready. Fair price.
Frame: Tommasini Prestige, Columbus SL
-seat tube (c-t): 53 cm
-top tube (c-c): 53 cm
-headset tube: 10,3 cm
-standover: 77,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record (PAT 81)
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3ttt, Irio Tommasini engraved (110 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt, Modelo Competizione (new old stock)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (32)
Rims: Mavic GP4
Cassette: Everest (6s)
Tubulars: Vittoria Rally (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle San Marco Concor (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri
Toe cage / leather straps : Christophe / Tommasini leather black (original)
Handlebar Tape: Benotto yellow, Tommasini bar end plugs (new)
Condition: Used, but good condition. The frame has no cracks, dents and is not bent. Some tinny blemishes of the paint and some signs of normal use. Campagnolo Super Record groupset in very good condition. All parts are working fine.
Era: early 1980s