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WILIER Alpe d’Huez Elite Easton – M.Pantani Mercatone Uno (1997) – SOLD

Description

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.

M.Pantani wining stage on Alpe d'Huez at the Tour de France 1997

M.Pantani wining stage on Alpe d’Huez at the Tour de France 1997

 

Marco Pantani rode for Mercatone Uno Team in 1997 and they were sponsored by Wilier. Their top of the line frames for pro riders were made of Easton Elite 7005 aluminum with ProGram Taperwall tubes and were arguably the very best aluminum at the time. The Wilier frame has the Easton label like a badge of honor.  Frames were manufactured in Van Nuys, California. Aluminum was the material of choice back then, even some of his biggets rivals rode full carbon bikes.

Il Pirata at the Tour de France 1997

Il Pirata at the Tour de France 1997

 

Proudly presenting one of the most iconic bikes in cycling history, the WILIER Alpe d’Huez Easton Elite – almost identical to Marco Pantani’s from 1997. The frame is made od Easton Elite 7005 aluminium, shinning in beautiful colorful paintjob. It comes with Pantani’s personalized Selle Italia TCS saddle, . The cherry on the top of the cake is the size of the frameset…almost identical to Marco Pantani’s from 1997.

Unique chance for all Pantani fans to get this amazing frameset. Fair price!

 

Frameset: Wilier Mercatone Uno (Easton Elite 7005)

Size:

-seat tube (c-t): 54,5 cm

-top tube (c-c):  52 cm

-headset tube: 11,2 cm

Saddle: Selle Italia TCS Marco Pantani

Headset: Shimano 600

 

 

Year: 1997-98

Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Some tinny signs of normal use.

Weight: 1.75 kg (as on photos)

PRICE: SOLD (July 2020)