Thursday, August 28, 2008

Throwdown: First Impressions... Torelli's Montefalco Frame/Fork

I spent my lunch hour at Torelli's World Wide Headquarters in North Hollywood yesterday while I was dropping some product off to the product manager. While I was milling around I happened across a frame/fork that was half wrapped in foam wrap and sticking out of the box. "Is that what I think it is?" it was...

Yes. This was the Montefalco, not the prototype that has been seen around L.A. harassing Mini-Cooper Drivers and lounging by the pool in Studio City, nay... this was the yet to be released production model that will be introduced at Interbike this September. I wasn't allowed to take pictures, but you can see the spy shot I posted earlier this summer by clicking here. Now it's just a frame/fork combo (With FSA integrated headset) so I can't tell you about ride quality, but I can say that is was very light to hold and it seemed to be very stiff. The stays are beefy and utilize a split wishbone configuration. The downtube and bb assembly look as though they would give a lot of the lateral stiffness that's needed to transfer power efficiently and the steer tube is a 1.25-1.5" taper. The bike is angular and modern, a stark contrast to Torelli's well known traditional steel frames.

I've always liked Torelli for their steadfast adherence to traditional framebuilding in the Italian fashion, but as technology moves forward it's important to offer something for the modern crowd. There doesn't seem to be anything traditional about this bike, but it's a welcome change.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have the new motefalco, its built up w/sram red,fsa eveything else.14.88lbs. the ride is perfect,handling is right on the money,and nice and compliant. better than the giant tcr advanced i just came off of.

Anonymous said...

I am getting one for sure! I have had three different Torelli's, and this one should be the best yet.

Matthew said...

I am getting the new Torelli motefalco with BB30, I expecting to build it under 12 lbs, After seeing a prototype I had to have one it was gorgeous.

John said...

Just Got my Montefalco w/ Ultegra SL & Bormio UL wheels. Great ride, very stable & a real beauty.
Thanks to Steve @ Open Road Bike, Pasadena