Bikesales4u have just launched a new urban bike from Bella Ciao called the Reporter. Handmade in Italy from double-butted Columbus cromo steel, it’s available either as a singlespeed or with an 8-speed Alfine hub gear.
With a horizontal top tube and slim tubes, the Reporter has a classic look. It’s a lugged construction while the quill stem and brown suede saddle from Selle San Marco add to the retro impression. Most of the components are polished aluminium, including the 28in wheels, Stronglight chainset, and Bella Ciao’s own flat bar.
The singlespeed model, which weighs 11kg (24.2lb), costs £949 with the Alfine-hubbed version coming in at £1,199. For all the details go to www.bikesales4u.com.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.