"The company is based in Cuneo, in the southern Italian Alps, just
across the border from Monaco/Monte Carlo. The company is owned and
run by Bruno Tardivo" (son of founder Giovanni Tardivo)
"I recall the company exhibiting at the Paris Show in or about
1980, at a time when Tardivo was in his late 30s/early 40s."
"At that time Tardivo was importing investment-cast lugs from
Brazil and using them in his frames extensively, at a time when such
components had not come into popular use from Taiwanese
"Tardivo was very much an aggressive showman... and his frames
always echoed his personality, and he always managed to design and
build frames that looked even more Italian and more attractive than
many other better-known Italian products. Hence his early frames had
the fluted seat-tube, and chain-stays and seat stays that were
pressed into aerodynamic diamond-shaped profiles."
"In the later 1980s and early 90s he introduced innovative sections
for fork blades for his Krypton model. He was also the first builder
that I came across who offered black chrome plating as a standard
alternative to bright chrome on all models......"
"Although only a medium-sized company, CBT has managed to weather
the storm, and Tardivo has varied his offerings to keep up with
market trends, hence there are scandium-alloy CBTs out there and,
more currently, monocoque carbons just like everybody else is
"His frames sell extremely well in France, which I suppose is to be
expected when the company is situated so close to the Franco-Italian