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.
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.
Proudly presenting one of the most iconic bikes in cycling history, the WILIER Easton – very similar to Marco Pantani’s bike from 1997. The frame is shinning in beautiful paintjob, build with Shimano Dura ace 7700 groupset, 3ttt stem and handlebar, TCS saddle, Selcof seatpost. The cherry on the top of the cake is Pantani’s number plate 181, ( same number was used by Pantani at the Tour de France 1997).
Unique chance for all Pantani fans to get this amazing bike. Fair price!
Frameset: Wilier Mercatone Uno (Easton Elite 7005)
– seat tube (c-c): 53 cm
– top tube (c-c): 54 cm
– headset tube: 12 cm
– standover: 79 cm
Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace 7700 (53/39)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Levers: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Hubs: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Seat: TCS Marco Pantani ”Il Pirata”
Watter bottle: Wilier Mercatone Uno
Handlebar tape: cork, red
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.