Located in Cuneo (Piedmont, Norther Italy), C.B.T. Italia has produced high-end racing bicycles since the early 1980s, when Guido Tardivo joined the family business that his father Giovanni established thirty years before. (Costruzioni Bici Tardivo)
This C.B.T. Italia NOS frame had been specially produced for the owner of a well known bike shop in Northern Italy in the late 1980s. Costanzo, the owner, intended to sell them under his own shop brand. Good for us that he did not!
Despite some few signs of the years of storage we can now offer you a great steel frame of the finest provenance!
The tubing consists of Columbus SLX tubing, the famous 'superbutted' tubes from Cyclex steel with helical reinforcements on the inside. These tubes have been the choice of most professional riders back in the second half of the 1980s and the early 1990s.
But what makes the frame really extraordinary is the way it has been profiled. Top and down tubes are each showing four crimps to make the tubing even stiffer (and add to a really rad look). The seat tube has a groove on the back side to leave some extra space for the back wheel to move forward, thus shortening the wheelbase. The chromed chain stays have a 'diamante' profile, a fine detail otherwise known from De Rosa bikes. The rear braking cable is elegantly routed inside of the top tube.
This bike is definitely worth to be built up with the best parts you can spare for this project. When it comes to steel frames, it does not get much better.
Seattube diameter: 26,8mm
Rear spacing: 128.5mm
Bottom Bracket: ITA
Some reasons to choose this frame:
#1: High-end Columbus SLX tubes
#2: It has been hand-made in Italy
#3: Bespoke racing geometry with a groove in the seat tube
#4: Perfect foundation for a post-modern bicycle project
AND... As usual: we package professionally and ship world wide - it's safe & quick!