What is a Monte?
By Ann Phillips
Well no one
can say for sure, but this is what we know so far…
Sometime in the Spring of 2002, Matteo Brandi found a group of raw,
frames in a small bike shop owned by Vasco Montelatici in
courtesy of Matteo Brandi & Les Himel
Vasco Montelatici, the gentleman on
the left, had a long time
involvement with bicycle racing, not only as a shop owner and
sponsor, but as a racer himself. It is known that Vasco was an
old friend and business associate of Cino Cinelli
Montelatici bicycles hanging
in Vasco’s shop for sale.
|Matteo Brandi arranged
to send 14 of these frames to the US, where they were
offered to members of the Classic Rendezvous e-mail
list, a loosely connected group of vintage lightweight
bicycle collectors spread all over the world.
These frames have some
unique features, such as an unusual scalloped rear drop
out and fork drop out attachment. There appears to be
two different styles of lug windows and bottom bracket
cut outs in the group, but all the frames have the
scalloped drop out attachments and fork and rear stays
Construction techniques, materials, geometry and style indicate that
Montelatici frames were made sometime in the 1970s.
Some collectors have
observed that the brazing
pin placement is similar to
in the 1970s. The personal and business
relationship between Cino Cinelli and Vasco Montelatici
could indicate the frames were made by Cinelli for his
Sadly, Vasco Montelatici passed on
recently. Since he threw out all
receipts and paperwork associated with his shop after the required
years, we have no written record of where these frames came from.
of the Montelatici frames sent to the US were painted differently
built up with various components, ranging from the 1970s to modern
Les Himel’s modern
Campagnolo built Montelatici – recently returned to a
Brian Baylis’ traditionally
Whoever made the Montelatici frames,
made a beautiful bicycle that
well. I’ve gotten a lot of joy from mine. So, please enjoy
interpretation of a classic Italian road bike from the late 1970s.
scheme designed by Dale Brown, paint work by Brian Baylis.