made bicycles in Perugia, Italy at home up
until 1987. He handmade each one with his wife who did
the decals and built up the wheels ... According to his
daughter, Claudia, he knew he needed help (sons) with
the business, but soon learned that he would be working
with a daughter. He ended up with three daughters ...
but they were all very enthusiastic about the business.
His daughter recalls that “many of the bikes were made
‘tailored’ for specific riders ... he took the
measurements of leg and arm ... this was a very special
All of Sabatini’s bikes were made with Columbus tubing
and Campagnolo components, mostly Super-Record. The
higher end bikes were all pantographed.
In 1978-79 a Canadian bicycle shop (International Cycling)
told him he would buy many of the bikes (about 30). Sabatini
built all of them by hand and sent them to Canada in two
shipments. .. the first order of about 10 bikes was
immediately paid ... the other 20 bikes was never paid and
he was never able to get the money. There were never any
other shipments abroad and Sabatini never shipped a single
bike to the United States. Many of the bikes we see here are
a part of those original 30 Canadian bikes of which most
were never paid for.
The last bicycles built by Sabatini were for
Gino Bartali and were logoed with Bartali decals in 1987.