Manolo Saiz is selling his bike collection - want it?

Ex ONCE, Astana and Liberty-Seguros Directeur Sportif looking to offload 57 pro peoloton classics

by Dave Atkinson   May 14, 2012  

You're going to need a big garage and an even bigger wallet, but if you're interested in the classic bikes of the pro peloton then what better way to start your collection than with 57 hand-picked classics from the stable of none other then Manolo Saiz?

Saiz was Directeur Sportif of ONCE from 1989 to 2003, and during that time he steered the team to the very top of the pro peloton, with Laurent Jalabert, Alex Zülle, Abraham Olano, Igor González and Joseba Beloki among his charges. He's picked up a few bikes along the way too, and 57 of them are apparently now for sale.

Apparently? well, the ebay auction page is a touch confusing. It's live, with a starting price of $50,000 and bids coming in, but little information on the bikes. "Special collection all bikes bikes have racing history," says the page. "Example Belocki's bike that he took his fall on the Tour with Armstrong.I have a collection about 70 bikes will sell the entire collection ONLY. Will provide any information needed.Most are one of a kind NIKE bike made by LOOK in titanium.Again this are collectors bike will sell entire collection ONLY. Will provide pictures of entire collection."

Despite being for 57 bikes (not the 70 mentioned above, a note further down the page corrects that) there's only eight pictured; there's some beauties among them though including an ONCE-stickered Lotus, a Giant MCR TT bike, an extraordinary Nike one-off with the swoosh as the top tube and a heavily fared Look in dashing yellow.

The provenance of the collection is revealed further down: "I am Manolo Saiz, I auction my private collection by personal motives, I want to auction it complete, and whom ever would buy it or show a good interest I would be glad to show this collection and providde further documentaions.  The bike are Personal design and passion, therfore I have provide Andres the ability to sell my collection," says a note further down the page. And there's another one too, which suggests the ebay auction will be closed (currently it's still open, although it ends this afternoon) and that the bikes will be available to view from May 25 to May 28 in Santander. Certainly it's a collection that deserves a better airing than a few snaps on ebay...

Do you recognise any of the bikes in the gallery at the top? if so, comment below and tell us who you think they belonged to!

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Must be a wrench to part with a collection like that.

Guess his defence team for the forthcoming Operacion Puerto trial hasn't come cheap.

Thinking

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7933 posts]
14th May 2012 - 14:55

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Now if he'd been the Mapai team manager and was auctioning a brace of colnago's I'd be tempted to bid a few quid.... Can't afford much more than £75 squid in the current climate though!

posted by Glossies [29 posts]
14th May 2012 - 15:06

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He'd get more selling his pharmaceutical cabinet Nerd

posted by Decster [246 posts]
14th May 2012 - 15:16

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collection of bikes can be seen here

http://barredamuseum.shutterfly.com/22

wonder how many riders got screwed by Saiz for their bonuses and they still had to give their team bikes back Sad

posted by Decster [246 posts]
14th May 2012 - 15:20

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Seems a bit desperate / mad. Surely you'd get more setting up a real (non eBay) auction with each bike as a separate lot?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1333 posts]
14th May 2012 - 15:21

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I'll put a hundred quid in Big Grin

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
14th May 2012 - 20:25

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It's not about the bike! Wink

Looking at some of those mad Look Aero bikes that Jalabert rode makes me wonder what the landscape of cycling would look [no pun intended] like now were it not for the Muppets of Aigle.

posted by Matt_S [182 posts]
15th May 2012 - 10:40

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Not much legal stuff in here it seems, bikes or otherwise. 6 of the 8 pictured are banned species now.

posted by RTB [47 posts]
17th May 2012 - 13:29

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is darella the name of his dog?

also, it would appear that MS has a keen eye for ugly bikes....

posted by dwbeever [31 posts]
18th May 2012 - 6:28

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