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First look at a lovely new Italian handmade steel frame

As some of you might know I’ve got a soft spot for a steel frame, and here’s a lovely looking new steel frame from long-running Italian bike brand Officina Battaglin. It has unveiled the San Luca, a frame described as an “an artisanal steel frame with a clean and essential modern look.”

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The company has been busy this year. Back in March, it unveiled the Power+Disc, a steel road bike designed around disc brakes and using a Columbus HSS Spirit tubeset. If you missed it you can read it here.

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The new San Luca frame “blends the Italian frame building tradition with modernity to deliver what you would expect from a steel road frame coming out from the Officina Battaglin workshop: 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,” says Giovanni Battaglin.

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A Columbus Spirit tubeset has been used, with customised tube profiles to meet Giovanni’s specifications. The result is a triple butted Omnicrom tubing that apparently offers weight and strength benefits.

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Those tubes are then TIG welded by the company’s experienced frame builders and a carbon fibre fork is popped into the tapered head tube. Other details included simple external cable routing, an external headset and a threaded bottom bracket.

There’s space for up to 28mm tyres and claimed frame weight is 1,670g for a medium. Five frame sizes from S to XXL will be offered.

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Like what you see? The frame will cost you £1,090.

More at http://officinabattaglin.com/san-luca-modern

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.