SOcietà MECcanica was founded in 1973 by Oliviero Gallegati in Lugo di Romagna (Italy). Being a rather small manufacturer, Somec did not produce many bicycles, especially in the beginnings. Besides perfect craftsmanship they became famous in the 1980s for the use of advanced tubings, lugs and their special paintjobs. A fame which they nourished by their flamboyant and technically perfect bikes.
Our Somec Record Time Trial Bike from 1995 is one of these fine masterpieces.
As for the tubing it is the rather rare Columbus SLX New. This was a relaunch of the classic SLX tubing with its internal helical reinforcements but as an air-hardened Nivachrome version.
It is not easy to bring such a tubeset into a softly bending shape. But Somec chose its typical 'plongeant' geometry with a dropping top tube and curved seat tube. Thus the bike offers the proper balance for a rider to propel himself to top speed.
A superb paintjob with fades, cross fades and typical Somec airbrush colours completes this extraordinary frame.
Which groupset would fit such a brilliant piece better than a top class Campagnolo one? Consequently a complete Campagnolo Record Gruppo is installed, turning our Somec into a dream machine.
But it would not be a Somec if there was not a bit of extra glamour:
the rear derailleur and the crankset have been precisely pantographed, stays are chromed and the seatpost is a rare Campagnolo Record titanium one.
Used. The bike is in very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Paintwork and decals are original. Few small paint chips. All parts have been thoroughly checked and are working fine.