"At the end
of 1948, GINO
left Legnano and decided to race
with his own team, Cicli Bartali. The bicycles, for both
consumer commercial use and the racing team were produced by
Santamaria in Novi Ligure." (The writer lives in this town).
"Bartali probably chose the Santamaria factory due to Fausto
Coppi's advice (who lived in Novi Ligure). Fausto was a great
friend of the brothers Santamaria (the Santamaria brothers built
Coppi's racing bike in 1939 for the Giro of Piemonte, after
which Legnano convinced Coppi to move to them for the 1940 Giro
"The commercial involvement between Santamaria and Bartali
continued until 1955. After that, the Bartali bikes were
produced by a low-level factory, Fratelli Margherita near Genoa.
I don't know who produced the bikes Bartali between 1956 and
1959 for racing department, but I'm sure that starting in 1960
the frames of the racing department Bartali were made by
Galmozzi ... I'm sure because I have a Bartali from San
Pellegrino team of 1961, and the frame is made by Galmozzi."
information was confirmed to me by a professional rider from the
San Pellegrino team. Galmozzi and Bartali had known each other
for many years and were friends from the early 1930s. When
Bartali raced for the Legnano, his track bikes was made by
Galmozzi and not in Legnano factory!
"From 1956 to
1960s, many of the Bartali high-end racing bikes (not the
special racing dept., but normal consumer production) have the
Galmozzi style head tube... But production from Galmozzi's
workshop was extremely limited, so it is doubtful that
Galmozzi actually built all those frames, more likely that
Galmozzi provide some frame components... especially the head