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Here's a rare treat; a whole family of Italian frames in steel with chrome plating. Mmm shiny.

It's not strictly accurate to treat Ciöcc frames as 'heritage' items because their Italian maker has never stopped building in steel with intricate lugs and delicious chrome-plated highlights. Not to mention that there are also some pretty modern carbon-fibre frames coming from their workshops near Bergamo.

Nevertheless, to make a point, they've launched a range of models they're collectively calling 'Steel Vintage' and individually named after highlights in their history to remind everyone that even if they're small, they're very much alive and still doing it old style if that's what appeals to you. It certainly appeals to us.

The word 'ciöcc' is native Bergamo slang for 'poker face' which was the nickname of the founder of the brand back in the 1950s. Giovanni Pelizzoli  might not have been a laugh-a-minute but he obviously had a sense of humour in that the joke was carried on in the 'four aces' detail adorning the lug cutouts and elsewhere.

Ciöcc frames are distributed in the UK by Racescene in Barnsley. They also sell them in their own shop which specialises in Italian brands like Casati, Gios and Somec as well as Ciöcc and they've also just started stocking Colnago bikes and frames.

The three models in the Steel Vintage series are the Mokba 80 track frame at £1,095, the San Cristobal road at £1,195 and the Replica road frame - for folks who prefer no chrome - at £1,095. There is also a TIG-welded model named Retro coming for £595.

Details: Ciöcc at Racescene

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farrell [1950 posts] 5 years ago
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And how do you pronounce Ciocc?

Chee-ock? Key-ock?

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 5 years ago
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It's 'church'. Meant to put that in the article. Went for years thinking it was 'chee-ock'. Got straightened out at my first Milan show. How they laughed!

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farrell [1950 posts] 5 years ago
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Thats put to bed something that I've been pondering for a while now, cheers!

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captain_slog [340 posts] 5 years ago
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Those are gorgeous.

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TheHatter [770 posts] 5 years ago
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too pretty  1

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simonaspinall [10 posts] 5 years ago
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Reeeeeally nice looking bikes. Racescene's service is cracking too! You'll ride away from there feeling happy  1

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u4jef [20 posts] 5 years ago
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Just lovely. There are many ways to enjoy the bicycle and all of them are equally good. But these frames are what I want a little bit more than anything else I've ever seen (and I ride a pristine '85 Colnago). I'm going to give up my job and build bike frames.

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 5 years ago
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Do it!

We ran a story the other day about The Bicycle Academy which starts courses in the new year: http://www.thebicycleacademy.org/

And Downland Cycles in Canterbury already run a framebuilding course: http://www.downlandcycles.co.uk/frameBuilding.htm

There are bound to be others. Anyone?

Of course, you could always beg to be taken on as an apprentice to one of the frame-building names.

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chromo1990 [41 posts] 5 years ago
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I just brought a steel frame Guerciotti, its an absolute pleasure to ride

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nick_rearden [436 posts] 5 years ago
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Mmmmm Guerciotti! Lovely...

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stealth [254 posts] 5 years ago
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skinny, steel, lugs. Simply beautiful. And you know you will still have a fully functioning frame in 30 years time!

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mb429 [73 posts] 5 years ago
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I can vouch for the still fully functioning in more than 30 years time bit, just rebuilt my dad's first bike (about 35 years old, steel framed peugeot) and its a dream to ride! Plus, it's only a 5 speed  1