Officina Battaglin has at the moment introduced its first foray into the gravel market within the type of the Portofino G, a customized metal bike with outsized lugs and a special-looking ‘cromovelato’ paint end.
The Italian model was based by former Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España winner Giovanni Battaglin and his son Alex. It specialises in high-end customized metal bikes and has redesigned its road-going Portofino R street mannequin to create the gravel-going Portofino G.
In accordance with the model’s CEO, Alex Battaglin, the model wished to take the consolation of the roadgoing Portofino and switch it to a gravel platform.
“If there’s one factor the Portofino is famend for, it’s the supreme using consolation,” Battaglin claimed. “Reimagining it as a gravel machine that will carry this easy experience on unforgiving roads had all the time appeared just like the pure evolution.”
The Portofino G would possibly use the roadgoing Portofino R as a place to begin design-wise, however it’ll characteristic a customized metal body that includes a newly-designed Columbus metal down tube and fully redesigned head tube lugs. The lugs are completed in polished metal, after all, and the body is topped off with a carbon fibre fork, a 68mm T47 backside bracket and fully built-in inside cabling.
The bike could also be new, however Battaglin appeared again to the customized geometries it created for skilled riders tackling Paris-Roubaix within the ’80s and ’90s to tell the Portofino G’s geometry.
“We felt like a correct gravel model of the Portofino needed to preserve the corporate’s distinct street racing DNA,” Battaglin continued. “We went again to the closest factor to gravel racing our firm had completed: the customized bikes we developed for professional riders within the late ’80s and early ’90s for the Paris-Roubaix. On the time, the Paris-Roubaix was the skilled competitors that introduced lugged metal bikes to be raced on unpaved roads. These geometries had been the place to begin for growing a gravel-specific body geometry.”
Naturally, then, the Portofino G will likely be a extra road-focused gravel bike, with sharper dealing with traits, in addition to 40mm tyre clearance; extra generally discovered on ‘all street’ bikes such because the Ridley Grifn.
“We didn’t need a bike that resembled a drop-bar mountain bike, or a relaxed geometry for bikepacking. We wished a gravel bike with the reactive dealing with of a street bike.”
The Portofino G is a high-end unique gravel bike with 70 construct slots allotted for 2023. Battaglin offers a variety of customized choices for purchasers and every construct will start with a session with each Giovanni and Alex.
Utterly customized metal geometry is a part of each construct, and a brand new customized paint scheme utilizing polished chrome which then fades to a Cromovelato color is used. Cromovelato is a particular colored chrome impact, and clients will be capable of choose customized Cromovelato paint for the body higher part and sure components. Every body additionally comes with an individually numbered plate and certificates of authenticity.
Naturally, such an unique degree of customized manufacture would not come low cost, and Portofino G framesets will begin at €5,000.
Head to the Officina Battaglin web site for extra info.