This is a wonderful post! VERY INFORMATIVE! I had heard about the Ferrari meeting. A gentlemen private messaged me saying that he has a 2007 Divino Frameset he ordered from a shop in SF. He says that SOMEC Framesets are special and handle like no other. So I do believe the "handle like a Ferrari". Now if I can just get my hands on a SOMEC frame so I can create my own opinion. I am sure it will happen one day. Thanks for the reply.KRhea said:Here's a bit of sweet vintage Somec fully pantographed with one the wildest paint schemes ever...enjoy. It was a craigslist find and if I told you what I paid you'd call me a liar. Bike has just over 700 documented miles and is nearly 100% mint.
Some Somec history- The Somec logo you see in one the photos shows a white horse on a black background. Does that logo look familiar to anyone? It should, it's the Ferrari logo with a very slight change. Know what the change is...(see answer after last photo)
Answer: The slight chnage is the horse's tail is pointed down, the Ferrari pony has the tail up. Mr Somec had "stolen" the Ferrari pony for his bikes early and was asked to dinner by Mr Enzo Ferrari one evening. At dinner Enzo asked why he had "stolen" the logo and was using it on bikes. Somec replied that his bikes performed like Ferraris and were built with the same passion. Enzo was impressed and taken aback by Somec's bravado and said great, you can use my logo with one small change, point the pony's tail down and continue with your art. A handshake ended the evening and sealed the "agreement".
Can you imagine what would happen in 2007 if a company "borrowed" another company's logo. I doubt it would end in a handshake and a smile.
Sorry about the long post.
Nice bike.KRhea said:[snip]
Mapei said:I still ride the Somec Supercorsa I bought in 1985. Very soft riding. Slightly whippy. But it's also got at least 25,000 miles on it by now, so I may have softened it up a bit. Anyway, a quality brand. Made with care. If you search through this site for the Green Bike Thread, you'll come across a picture of it.
your somec theory is a fraud cadence baby.. i dated the daughter of mr. somec for 3 yrs (not exclusively). we used to have sex on maranello where i rode the ferrari horse myself many many times. the horse obeyed only to me and Enzo.cadence90 said:Nice bike.
2 things of interest:
1) There is no "Mr. Somec." SOMEC stands for SOcieta' MECcanica. The founder/owner of SOMEC is Oliviero Gallegati, a former Giro mechanic.
2) The "Ferrari" horse was, before becoming the Ferrari symbol (with the tail up), the symbol (crest) of the Italian aviator and WWI ace Count Francesco Baracca, also from Lugo, Romagna. The Baracca family later donated the symbol (which had the tail down) to Ferrari.
Thank would be great! Thanks for the help.dwwheels said:Wow the Somec looks very interesting. I just dropped my wife off at the airport headed for Verona, which happens to be just about 120 miles to Romagna (Somec S.R.L.). When I speak to her in the morning I will ask her to speak with the Italians she deals with over there. A couple of the Italian guys are very big into riding and I assume would have some insight about the Somec. Will let you know what I find out.
Speaking of frauds, you're the guy with that "Pinarello" which is really just a cheap rebadged Caloi, right?colker1 said:your somec theory is a fraud cadence baby.. i dated the daughter of mr. somec for 3 yrs (not exclusively). we used to have sex on maranello where i rode the ferrari horse myself many many times. the horse obeyed only to me and Enzo.
Pinarello means "rebadged" in italian. it's a slang for petty criminal... "tu pinarello!" means ..."yo, street hustler".cadence90 said:Speaking of frauds, you're the guy with that "Pinarello" which is really just a cheap rebadged Caloi, right?