Chesini is the oldest bike company in Verona, dating back to 1925. Today, Chesini continues to offer bikes ranging from full carbon, Ti, alu/carbon, and steel. The INNOVATION model dates back to approximately 1992. It has many attributes that appealed to me to build a project around: Colombus EL-OS tubeset, chromed lugs, chainstays, and seatstays, engraving, and a patented sloping design which is quite interesting in terms of how it was executed. It's very unique and that's something I like in a bike as well. When I purchased it, for a ridiculously low price as steel is being abandoned in Italy faster than the speed of light, there were things I didn't like such as the yellow paint and unicrown fork, but clearly it had a lot of potential:
This INNOVATION was on Italian ebay in January, 2008. It was apparently one of a serialized edition. It has a very nice chrome fork, aero type shifters on the down tube, cut-out BB, and a fully chromed rear triangle. It did not have chromed lugs and I notice that it does not have bladed chainstays:
This Innovation EL-OS frame was on English ebay in March, 2008; the chainstays are rounded and the seatstays are fully chromed:
Addendum: In December, 2007, I learned of a similar design that was created in England, a 1991 Dave Lloyd Concept 90 frame. The details: "Dave Lloyd was one of the best and promising British road riders in the early 1970s riding for Peter Post’s all conqeuring Raleigh team but his career was blighted by an irregular heart rythym which forced a premature retirement. He came back four years later as an amateur winning 125 time trials out of 133 entered and several important road races before turning pro again in 1985 for two years. He opened his first shop in the mid 1970s and whilst riding as a pro had learnt some framebuilding from the fabbled Harry Quinn. He went to learn the trade properly from Terry Dolan in the mid 80s before setting his framebuilding business up in 1986. The Concept 90 sloping top tube design was custom built (and silver brazed without lugs) to fit each rider. The sloping top tube was used to reduce the size of the main triangle and thus improve frame stiffness. And the seat tube of the Concept 90 was quite normal in length – with a long extension above the top tube. It was only the rear end of the top tube that was dropped to meet the seat tube further down. The rear stays are brought in to meet the seat tube at the height of the top tube in a clever and very stylish fashion with a wishbone arrangement for the seatstay top end – this was very was novel on a road frame in the early 1990s and looked exceptionally neat. The head tube height was quite conventional. Overall the result was a tremendous looking frame which was at the time quite original in appearance and is already a true classic design." The frame is believed to have been built with either Reynolds 653 or 753.