Formigli GTF, side

If you’re a fan of custom, hand-made Italian bicycles you’re likely familiar with Florence’s Formigli. Bikerumor has covered Renzo Formigli and a few of his bikes before, such as their first carbon fiber frame called The One which debuted late in 2013. Since then The One has been the company’s top selling model, so I’d bet they’re excited to now have a second carbon bike available.

The new frame is dubbed the GTF, which stands for Gran Turismo Formigli. If you’re familiar with auto racing, you’ll know Gran Turismo races are high speed, long distance events. Suitably so the GTF is designed for grand touring rides, allowing cyclists to cover long days in the saddle in comfort (and of course, style).

The GTF has been in development for the full two years since The One was completed, and is now available to order through Formigli’s website. Check out all the details and customizable options below…

Formigli GTF, black/grey

The GTF frame is constructed from high-modulus T800 carbon fiber, and features proprietary tubing designed and manufactured by Formigli in Florence, Italy. The frame uses a tapered head tube and includes an integrated headset.The GTF frameset is mated to a high modulus carbon fork which, like the frame, can be modified with a disc brake mount.

Formigli GTF, dropout Formigli GTF, head tube

It also has a braze-on for the front derailleur, an 86mm press fit BB shell, and fits an aero-style non-integrated seat post (which comes with the frame). The frame uses carbon for the dropouts and a replaceable hanger is included.

Formigli GTF, seat mast Formigli GTF, signature

Of course with build-to-order bikes there are always customizable options. Geometry-wise, every Formigli frame is custom-sized to the buyer- the company does not produce any stock frame configurations. You’ll also have to decide between internal or external cable routing and whether or not to add a disc brake mount. Furthermore, if you like electronic shifting the frame can be built Di2 or EPS ready with the battery mounted inside the seat mast.

Formigli GTF, stock yellow  Formigli GTF, stock red

Formigli GTF, stock green Formigli GTF, stock blue

As for the aesthetics, frame finish (matte or glossy) and standard or custom paint schemes are also up to you, along with the option for customized decals (custom graphics come at an additional cost). As seen above, standard frame colors include blue, yellow, green or red with black and white accents.

Formigli GTF, front end

Formigli requires a deposit of $500 USD to start building your frame, and the total cost (without custom options) is $5500. Buyers should expect a build time of about 60 days from their order date. For guidelines on how to measure yourself or to place an order, check out Formigli’s website.

formigli.com

11 comments

  1. Veganpotter on

    The fact that this bike comes with the replaceable derailleur hanger is a go for me, unless anyone here can point me to another frame that comes with a derailleur hanger…

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  2. AtlBikeShop on

    For a 5500$ frame this thing is very ugly and looks generic :-/ Looks like the rear tire practically rubs on the frame (which does not even follow the curve of the wheel.) Who wants to pay this kind of money for something so ugly and with a giant unintelligible name/logo??

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    • atlbikeshop on

      Upon further inspection of these bikes, I find it hard to believe they are anything other than a rip-off and a huge joke.

      Can anyone explain how this company can make true CUSTOM carbon fiber bikes using aero/original tube shapes?

      Most custom carbon bikes utilize lugs and have limited customization. (Calfee is the first that comes to mind.) Cheese company here says you can customize all geo numbers on what appears to be a lugless bike. Sounds hard to believe.

      Do they make the seatposts,forks,dropouts? I doubt it. One of the photos on their carbon factory is even clearly photoshopped! Buyer beware.

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      • Chris L on

        Calfee doesn’t use lugs. I know because I remember watching him when his shop was still in SF and he was building bikes for the Z team. It looks like a lug but it’s not. He miters the tubes together and then wraps the joint in long strands of fiber. That’s completely different than using a pre-made lug (such as Trek has done with the OCLV frames in the past)

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      • Tyler Benedict on

        ATLbikeshop, it’s probably worth checking around before assuming carbon bikes can’t be made custom unless they’re lugged. There are a number of ways to make custom carbon fiber without using lugs, and plenty of brands do it. Not only can they miter the tubes’ angles and cut them to different lengths before over wrapping them, but they can also change the layup of each tube to tune the ride characteristics. So, yes, they can make custom carbon bikes without lugs….if you read our NAHBS coverage it’s quite common among small carbon fiber bicycle builders.

        As for this particular builder, here’s a little background on how he does it. We interviewed Renzo Formigli prior to NAHBS here:

        http://bikerumor.com/2016/02/09/road-nahbs-2015-renzo-formigli-formigli-bicycles/

        …and showed some of their latest custom carbon fiber bikes at the show:

        http://bikerumor.com/2016/03/13/nahbs-2016-truly-custom-carbon-paint-formigli-alchemy-sarto-antonio/

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  3. Allan on

    Those paint jobs leave something to be desired, tbh. Agree with ATL above…kinda generic looking, they almost look dept store style in tube shapes and paint/lettering. Even that triple spoke patterned rear wheel looks a bit dated. Maybe they ride really nice, but I’ll never find out for $5500!!!

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  4. Craig on

    They could have done a far better job of presenting the bike for the photo.
    -Seat tilted down
    -Valves on front & rear wheels not lined up
    -Brake levers are on release mode so the lever blade is flicked out far in front of the shifter paddle
    -Handlebar drop too deep for this size of bike
    Yeah, doesn’t inspire me to spend my money on this bike

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