A rare Bianchi Pista track bike given to a former professional cyclist who rode alongside Marco Pantani when the Italian became the last man to win the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the same season is up for sale on eBay – but it has a hefty price tag.
The bike is one of a very limited run given to members of Pantani’s Mercatone Uno team, including four-time Giro d’Italia stage winner Fabiano Fontanelli, and is painted in its iconic celeste and yellow colours.
Rare bikes attract a premium when sold online, and all the more so when there is a link to one of the biggest names in cycling over the past quarter century, as there is here with Pantani – Fontanelli, nicknamed Mortadella, rode alongside il Pirata in both the Giro and Tour in 1998.
Even if you don’t have the Buy It Now price of $6,799 burning a hole in your pocket – to which, according to the seller, you’ll face an additional 22 per cent fees for taxes and import duties to the European Union, though we’d recommend you check with HMRC first – the pictures are worth ogling.
Here are the details of the bike from eBay.
The Bianchi Mercatone Uno Pista has been made only for the team and it wasn't available for private consumers. So there are only a few of them in the world.
Size 53 seat tube x 54,5 top tube (centre to centre), 12,4 cm headtube and 79,8 cm standover, used but in very good conditions. The tubes are Dedacciai steel tubing.
Some scuffs and missed points of paint, but No rust and No dents.
The groupset is a Campagnolo Record Pista in very good conditions and fully operational with New Old Stock (NOS) crankset.
- Bianchi Mercatone Uno 1998 Pista/Track, Dedacciai steel tubing
Groupset and components:
- Campagnolo Record Pista New Old Stock crankset (165mm arms)
- Campagnolo Record Headset 1"
- Campagnolo C-Record Sheriff Pista hubs
- Campagnolo Record seat tube
- Campagnolo Barcelona 92 Pista tubular rims
- Gipiemme Bianchi saddle
- 3TTT Pista steel handlebar
- 3TTT steel stem
- Vittoria Atlanta 3D compound yellow track tubular
This is a unique piece for real collectors!
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