2018 Passoni Prima
The Passoni Prima is a shout out to their very first non-custom titanium bike frame from the 1980s, which means that it will provide that pot of gold magical mix of great stiffness and even greater comfort. This is a ti bike that will just scream class while helping you pile on the miles.
Made from grade 9 titanium, the frame uses tubes that have been given different thicknesses according to what will be required of them. The titanium is easily weldable which makes it particularly effective when the Passoni builders want to create those super elegant and durable welds. Passoni believe that by doing the welding in a vacuum using a secret mixture of gases, not only it the integrity of the weld upheld, but the beauty as well. For those areas that will take the brunt of the heavy cycling forces, like the bottom bracket, headtube and the dropouts, Passoni have used a CNC machined grade 5 titanium, which gives the frame builder the very desirable combination of strength, weldability and corrosion resistance. The BSA treading for the bottom bracket will then help keep the frame efficient and easy to maintain.
For the rear triangle, Passoni uses tube sizes and shapes with round seatstays and ovaled, tapered chainstays to guarantee the ideal level of compliance while not allowing any flex to hamper your hard accelerations. The expert workmanship and attention to detail is evident in everything down to the dropouts, which have been made from the seriously strong CNC’d grade 5 titanium while retaining a pleasing shape and working with a replaceable hanger so that you can be sure any unwanted tumbles will not result in the hanger damaging the frame. As for the front end, with the tapered head tube and the Passoni customized Columbus FEL full carbon monocoque fork, you will feel confident with the sharp handling that will do exactly what you want it to do. Descending will feel stable and fast, and you will feel in complete control if you are racing this baby and comfortably sitting midpack.
But this is such a beautiful bike, you may want to be choosy about racing it. With the welded rippled joints and the bead blasted titanium tubes, this is really such a gorgeous bike. The vinyl decals will then just accent the frame enough to make it really pop in the sunlight. Available in five sizes, the Passoni Prima is a titanium racing bike that harkens back to that classic era of toeclips to offer a comfortable ride with a huge does of modern technology to end up with a bike that you will want to ride every day and still be able to expect it to last generations.
Frame: Titanium grade 9 (3Al/2.5V)
Fork: Columbus FEL customized Passoni
Rear Stay: Titanium
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Headset Included: Yes, integrated
Bottom Bracket Type: 68mm | English threaded
Cable Routing: External, internal rear brake cabling available, electronic & mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: 31.8mm
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 50cm | 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm |