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Battaglin San Luca modern steel road bike mixes the best of old & new

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike
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Following up on their first disc brake road bike this past spring, Italian bike maker Officina Battaglin is back with the new San Luca – a much more affordable modern steel road bike mixing classic & contemporary construction methods. The San Luca takes its name from a race the inspired 1981 Giro-Vuelta winner Giovanni Battaglin to pursue racing himself and mixes a light, custom oversized tubeset, welding & brazing to deliver a modern ride with a classic feel.

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern welded steel road bike

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike

The new San Luca is a modern take on the classic Italian-crafted rim brake steel road bike. As Battaglin puts it, this is a artisanal steel bike that delivers “a comfortable ride that doesn’t make you feel beaten up after a long day in the saddle while allowing you to push harder and faster when you want to.”

Battaglin San Luca, custom fit by the Grand Tour winner

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike geometry

Like every bike that comes out of the Officina Battaglin workshop, the new San Luca is made-to-order. Giovanni Battaglin himself reviews each buyers body measurements before it goes into production, so the five stock sizes are just a starting point, with each rider getting a bike custom sized to fit their real needs.

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike

How many frame makers can say you were professionally fit by a dual Giro & Vuelta winner?

Battaglin San Luca Tech Details

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike

The San Luca is crafted in Italy from a lightweight, oversized Columbus Spirit triple-butted Omnicrom steel tubeset, custom drawn for Battaglin to deliver a modern look and ride. The main triangle is TIG welded, while it still gets a set of brazed-in lugged dropouts. The result is a steel frame with a surprisingly low weight, claimed to be just 1670g for a size medium.

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike

The steel frame features an oversized 44mm headtube to fit the 1.5″ tapered steerer tube of Battaglin’s full carbon monocoque fork. It sticks with classic tech like traditional external cable routing, a threaded BSA bottom bracket, and a 27.2mm seatpost. One more modern touch, the rim brake bike has enough clearance to fit up to 28mm tires.

Officina Battaglin San Luca modern Columbus Spirit welded steel rim brake Italian road bike

The new welded San Luca steel frame is also much more affordable than their fillet brazed bikes, with the San Luca frameset retailing for just €1229 / $ 1420 / £ 1090. Get yours now, direct from Officina Battaglin.

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Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago

This frameset w/ a record groupo w/ comfortable low profile wide rims would be a blast to ride. Keep all parts blacked out and Italian. Very elegant.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago

Here is a Cinelli version in disc… pick your color: https://www.cinelli-usa.com/cinelli-nemo-tig-disc/

Wonder what the max tire size is on both these bikes.

James Grosser
James Grosser
4 years ago

That’s some strange geometry. 395.7 mm reach on a frame with a stack of 515.5? No thanks.

blahblahblah
blahblahblah
4 years ago
Reply to  James Grosser

all of them are a bit ,what the ?

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  James Grosser

Probably works for those with short legs, which is the opposite of me. Good thing there are lots of options for the long legged or long torso folks among us.

Eric
Eric
4 years ago
Reply to  James Grosser

These are custom geo, so they’ll build to fit you. Those are just examples/starting points.

But, yeah, strangely long. I almost wonder if those reach numbers are correct.

Morten Reippuert
Morten Reippuert
4 years ago

Loved my battaglin’s SL201, SL HT, Max & Exagon’s from the 90ies… geometry is just super sweet and my current Merlin Work’sTi frame is a replica in terms of angles, chainstay length, BB drop, axle length, reach and fork rake.
His take on a handmade steel gravel frame is on the top of my kist allong with Richey’s Outback (waiting for a teell breakaway). https://www.full-dynamix.com/en/gravel-s/

Javan Roy-Bachman
Javan Roy-Bachman
4 years ago

You can get a gunnar from Wisconsin with an enve fork for the same price and it weighs less.

Robin
Robin
4 years ago

That must be important to someone. On the flip side, it’s well known that price varies across the spectrum of available bikes, as does weight. Price and weight do not necessarily have a correlation coefficient of 1.

Nelly
Nelly
4 years ago

You can also choose your frame color. Without hesitation, Gunnar all the way…

jvesik
4 years ago
Reply to  Nelly

Whoaa, you can choose your frame color? I’m on it!

oldmanfran
oldmanfran
4 years ago

Just looked at the Gunnar website, it’s $1450 for the stock frame and fork, $450 up grade for the Enve. If you gonna talk smack, at least be right

Nick Edwards
4 years ago
Reply to  oldmanfran

$1100. if you gonna talk smack, at least be right.
$1450 is for a full custom geo version.

oldmanfran
oldmanfran
4 years ago
Reply to  Nick Edwards

did you miss the part where they said each bike is made to order from customer measurements? and stock frame size is just a start?

Bmx
Bmx
4 years ago

It is very pretty. However what would I use a frame with no fender tabs and rim brakes for. Fair weather friend or wall candy. It would be totally wrecked in the Irish weather

pm732
4 years ago

never understood straight 44 headtubes on premium metal frames. Ritchey’s headtubes seem much nicer for example.

Rick Gowen
Rick Gowen
4 years ago

Customer service is very poor. My Battaglin limited edition; their first bike, has not finished properly. My lbs had to ream the head tube, it was a bit oversized to accept the hs cups and the bb threads had to be re-cut as they were barely cut. Battaglin promised to reimburse be the cost and NEVER did despite numerous e-mails to them. I wouldn’t buy another!

Rick Gowen
Rick Gowen
4 years ago

I’m happy to report I received a phone call from Alessandro Battaglin to resolve my customer service issue and I have assurance I will be compensated for the repairs/ installation issues I had a year ago. Fast response and very appreciated!

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