Mario Confente (1945-1979)

wpe54.jpg (47613 bytes)
This & the other B & W photos herein are from the original Confente sales brochure.

Updated
8.19.2013              Click on images to see larger view

    Mario Confente was a graduate of the Leonardo da Vinci School of Engineering in Verona, Italy, and competition cyclist for the famous Dillettanti Bencini Team. He became a artisan bicycle frame builder with Grandis and said to have been a sub-contractor to famous brands. He was employed  by Faliero Masi to head up the new California Masi factory on October 12, 1973.
   After some years of managing the Masi operation, Mario struck out on his own. using the playing card "spade" as his signature logo, engraved and printed in various places on his frames.
   Tragically, at the age of 34, Mario died on March 8, 1979. He had made 135 frames bearing his name. Confente frames are now eagerly sought by bicycling aficionados.  
     

Russell W. Howe's article profiling Mario Confente and his life HERE
Originally written and published in Bicycle Trader 1998 

Mario aligning a fork and other details from brochure

wpe58.jpg (41825 bytes)      wpe5F.jpg (31522 bytes)      wpe5C.jpg (27880 bytes)      wpe62.jpg (32947 bytes)

 Confente #5 as seen at the 2010 NAHBS
Original build order was accompanying bike.

confente_no5_1.jpg 
confente_no5_2.jpg    confente_no5_3.jpg  confente_no5_4.jpg

 Confente display at New York Bike Show, late 1970s.
      wpe59.jpg (77935 bytes)

Confente bicycle #19

        

       

Confente bicycle  #22

 
                 

Confente track bike  #24

  
        
        

Confente bicycle #48

48_2.jpg (112363 bytes)
 
48_1.jpg (53779 bytes) 48_3.jpg (34816 bytes) 48_4.jpg (37484 bytes) 48_5.jpg (66237 bytes)
48_6.jpg (15081 bytes) 48_7.jpg (6033 bytes) 48_8.jpg (88050 bytes) 48_9.jpg (141374 bytes) 48_10.jpg (151654 bytes) 48_11.jpg (130532 bytes)

Back to Classic USA