For me, part of the passion is the Italian bicycles themselves. I want to bring to your attention the small fifteen-person workshop near Venice (Venezia) that is SARTO Cycles. SARTO was founded by Antonio Sarto who traces his framebuilding history back to 1959. Today, the workshop produces 100% handmade frames, made completely in the Veneto.
As fate would have it, sarto is the Italian word for tailor. Not surprisingly, SARTO specializes in building custom frames, like a tailor that creates a one-of-a-kind garment for his client as so beautifully captured in this video:
Like a one-of-a-kind garment, a custom frame can have many elements of customization. At SARTO Cycles, where the tube-to-tube construction method is used, custom geometry needs can be met and tubes can be selected for stiffness, shape and weight, and the amount of joint strengthening can be decided upon all in order to create the desired ride characteristic.
Of course, it is very nice to have a frame built to your exact specifications. For many, that may not be necessary. To meet this need, SARTO has standard models that are handmade to the same high level of quality as are their custom frames. All frames, custom and standard, have a lifetime warranty.
I encourage you to visit www.sartocycles.com (or click on the SARTO image to the right at any time), explore the website carefully, and use their "CONTACT US" button to ask for additional information.
The SARTO workshop:
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