A 'Pro Strade' lightweight touring bicycle by Mario Confente, American,
Lot 197
A 'Pro Strade' lightweight touring bicycle by Mario Confente, American,
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,437) inc. premium

Lot Details
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A 'Pro Strade' lightweight touring bicycle by Mario Confente, American,
24 inch custom built diamond frame No5915, (known as the 1st Confente frame in Britain), metallic blue with transfers, Mavic 27 x 1¼ rims on Campagnolo hubs, Suntour Cyclone five speed driven from Shimano double chain ring on Dura-ace crank set and Milremo pedals, Universal side pulls and Cinelli saddle.

Footnotes

  • Mario Confente (1945-1979); A graduate of the Leonardo da Vinci School of Engineering in Verona, Italy, and competition cyclist for the famous Dillettanti Bencini Team. Confente was well regarded by his team-mates as a man with an eye for perfection. He carried that passion for cycling and attention to detail with him when he moved to California where he built custom made bicycle frames for the Masi project and then under his own name. Regarded as "one of the finest frame builders that ever put torch to steel". While he was working alone Confente entered into correspondence with George Daniels about a frame that George Daniels wished to order. Photocopies of a letter and the build card are offered for sale with the lot, as well as a file of other correspondence about 'The first Confente in Britain' between George Daniels and another Confente frame owner. One letter dated 2003 lists the frame as the only Confente in Britain. Sadly Mario Confente died aged just 34, leaving a legacy of only 135 bicycle frames that bear his name and 'spade' symbol, this frame is one of those rare few.

    For more information about Mario Confente Lightweight Bicycles go to http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Confente_Mario.htm

Saleroom notices

  • SALE ROOM NOTICE: The frame number is not as published in the catalogue, there are several different stamp marks to the underside of the crank hub 58, 59.5, and 6/1. The frame number is believed to be number 58. Making this 58 of the 135 bicycle frames made by Mario Confente.
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