2016 il Massimo Minturno Italian road bike

Italian style and craftsmenship in a throw back steel frame keeps things simple

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TIG welded Columbus ZONA tubeset and handmade in Italy - Il Massimo Minturno.

TIG welded Columbus ZONA tubeset and handmade in Italy – Il Massimo Minturno (click to enlarge).

Cicli Il Massimo is an Italian brand of hand made bicycles. Cicli Il Massimo’s technical director is Mauro Mondonico, who has spent the last 25 years helping his father Antonio build many fine frames at the Mondonico shop near Milan Italy. Mauro has partnered with Alex Stanek, owner of Smart Cycles in Norwalk, CT and they are the U.S. distributor of the Il Massimo brand. Il Massimo specializes in steel frames (both lugged and tig-welded) but they also have a full carbon frame as well as a carbon/aluminum option.

Shown here is the 2016 Minturno, named after a city in Italy, the Minturno is a TIG-welded frame that utilizes a Columbus ZONA tubeset. They promote this bike as “a true piece of Italy for not a whole lot of money”. The Minturno definitely features a throw-back style and simplicity. Il Massimo even goes so far as to specify what year this bike makes them think of. “This package reminds us all of the glorious year in cycling that was 1986, when a bike was as beautiful to look at as it was to ride. Back then, you could expect your purchase to last decades, not be disposable or out of fashion quickly.”

Il Massimo Minturno features:

  • Frame: TIG Columbus Zona, handmade in Italy
  • Fork: Handmade in Italy Steel Chrome TLS, or Columbus Minimal Carbon
  • Gruppo: 8 piece Shimano Ultegra
  • Stem, Post, Bars: Nitto Aluminum Silver Threadless
  • Headset: Tange Silver
  • Saddle: Selle Italia KIT Mag
  • Wheels, Tires: Suzue sealed hubs, 23mm silver rims, Schwalbe Lugano Tires
  • Tubes, Bar Tape: Butyl Tubes, Black Cork Tape
  • Color Options: Celeste, Red, Yellow, Blue, Cream
  • Sizes: from 48cm to 62cm

For the 2016 Minturno, Il Massimo also includes custom personalization of your frame in the shape of your name/nickname and the seal of the city of Minturno, Italy decals. Smart Cycles will help fit each bike to the personal specifications of each buyer in order to achieve the best bike fit. The special price for orders placed now is $3000.00. Orders placed now (late 2015) will be scheduled for March 2016 delivery. Custom top tube/seat tube sizes may be available when necessary at no extra cost.

For more information visit cicli-il-massimo.com.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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