(Example: Framebuilders:Jack Taylor)

From: <Carb7008@cs.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 01:55:08 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Bertoni

The post re: Vittoria and Italvega jogged my memory as I thought Bertoni were made in Italy by Italvega when most production switched to Japan?

Anyway, this post is about Bertoni which has to be the least regarded bike ever made in Italy based upon ridiculously low prices they fetch (or more likely fail to) on ebay and other venues. As you may have guessed, I am one of those unfortunates who owns a C-Record Pro Victory Baloni, er...Bertoni. Admittedly, I bought it cheap and mainly for the gruppo but it rides and looks nice, and is not that uncomfortable despite its early-80's race geometry (although I wouldn't want to ride a half-century w/o additional mods). It weighs a lb or 2 more than equivalent bikes but this is flat country anyway. Someone once said the frames were made under contract by Bianchi and this is plausible due to pantographed bits and lugs as well as total chrome-plate under paint (only exposed on DO faces and right chainstay!). Aero seatstays are trick. I imagine these features would be too expensive for a small manufacturer making a competitively-priced bike. Ironically, either they didn't make that many or most have wound-up in a chinese blast furnace because I seldom see them today unlike 10 yrs ago.

Can anyone share info on the unbeloved Bertoni such as model line-up? I believe the Pro Victory was second from the top although I can't imagine what the PV is lacking compared to top (SLX perhaps?).

Jack Romans
Sacramento, CA