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Officina Battaglin unveils new San Luca steel frame - and it’s a looker

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.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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