Bottecchia, one of the best known bike manufacturers in the world, started with a famed legend. This legend’s name was Ottavio Bottecchia. He was born on the 1st of August, 1894 in Borgo San Martino di Colle Umberto, Treviso, Italy. Ottavio competed in prize competitions ever since he was a young boy. In one of these competitions, he won a golden watch for winning first place.
Ottavio Bottecchia joined the Bersaglieri corps of the Italian army for World War I. He was part of a special regiment called “esploratori d’assalto”. This regiment was a small scouting and raiding group who used folding bikes for movement. He was later rewarded for his efforts in the military with a bronze medal for military valour.
He then became an avid cyclist and won the Giro del Piave, the Coppa della Vittoria, and the Duca D’Aosta in 1920 and the Coppe Gallo a Osimo, the Circuito del Piave and the Giro del Friuli in 1921. Then in 1923 he raced in the Giro d’Italia. In this race he was the leading ‘isolate’ rider, a rider without a team. The press noted his accomplishments and claimed him to be “best man in the race”. This race grabbed the attention of a famous French rider named Henri Pélissier, who asked Bottecchia to join his professional team Automoto-Hutchinson. Later in the same year, he went on to win a stage in the Tour de France and placed second overall. In 1924, on the front page of “Gazzetta dello Sport” July edition they wrote about Ottavio Bottecchia. They wrote: “Bottecchia triumphantly wins Tour de France and gains the aim which the best routiers(cyclists) have followed in vain for 20 years.”
Then towards the end of Bottechia’s cyclist career, he bagan to work closely with bicycle frame-maker Teodoro Carnielli to manufacture racing bikes. The business grew under the Carnielli family after Bottecchia died in Gemona, Italy, on the 14th of June, 1927.
Bottecchia was not only the first Italian to win the Tour De France but also a champion in the Italian sport for the highest level of accomplishment achieved.
Bottecchia Company History
The famous Bottecchia bicycle company started with the workings of Ottavio Bottecchia and Teodoro Carnielli. Ottavio Bottecchia used his cyclist experience to implement new ideas on how the bikes should perform. Teodoro used his extensive experience of bike frame manufacturing to make sure those bicycles were able to perform where expected.
Teodoro was an experienced craftsmen, who repaired and constructed bikes. He was from Vittorio Veneto, Italy. He was first a supporter and then President of Local Bikes Association. He recognized Ottavio Bottecchia’s talent and, not too long before Bottecchia died, he asked him to help produce a Bottecchia bike.
The Carnielli workshop started off small and soon bustled into an industry. In the years of 1930 and 1940 there were about 100 workers in the Carnielli workshop who constructed Bottecchia bikes. There was a wide variety of Bottecchia bicycles, however the most important model was the racing series. As time passed, Carnielli started to grow a liking to race competitions. He then started to promote some cyclists who used Bottecchia bikes.
In 1951, Guido Carnielli came up with a genious creation. He created the first,in the world, stand-still bicycle, meant for physical rehabilitation. Then later in 1963, Carnielli produced another huge success. They started to manufacture a new model called “GRAZIELLA”. This bike model was foldable so people could easily store bicycles in their cars. The reason this model became such a hit was because during this time period people were buying cars left and right. It was a very successful time for the Italian economy which allowed some extra spending money for it’s citizens.
At the end of the sixties, Teodoro Carnielli passed away. He left the company in the hands of his sons Guido and Mario Carnielli. To this day, they continue to keep the company thriving to achieve new heights.
Bottecchia Bike Models
Bottecchia bikes are not only one of the best bicycle producers across the world, but they also manufacture bikes in a variety of different styles that suit any riders’ needs. The bicycles range from racing/professional to casual everyday riding.
The racing series is made mostly for high speeds and the ability to take curves easily. The way these bikes achieve high speeds is because of how light weight they are. Also, because of the dynamics and shape that the bike is made into.
This Bottecchia bike is a prototype. It is the most recent idea and creation that Bottecchia has come out with thus far. This is a racing bicycle that was, of course, made in Italy. The frame and design of this bike were made to satisfy the needs of their professional team, Acqua&Sapone. Acqua&Sapone worked closely with Bottecchia manufacturers to come up with this new racing series bicycle. The ingenuity of this bicycle come from the rigirous testing and experience of professional riders. The new technology in this bike include aeronautical derivation for both tubes, which is all hand made. The one-way fibres, M46J, have a flexible module which is equal to 450 Giga Pascal. This gives the break resistance the ability to perform up to 4200 Mega Pascal. This model allows the bike to reach an outstandingly low weight and a maximum level of resistance.
The Supernova SP9, technique and design, is made with the most progressive technology. This professional Bottecchia bike series includes features like integrated carbon dropouts, differentiated headset, a TCC structure with a double mould. It also has a new seatpost Dynamic Integrated System abling the rider to adjust it up to 70 mm. This bike is perfect for gaining the speeds you need!
The Mille professional racing series, the lightness shiver, is build with Calibrated Carbon Technology (TCC) and a double mold. This bike frame has the essential lines and shapes to give it an ultra light performance. The technique, thickness and internal surfaces control and carbon fibre, that this frame was produced, allow it to only weigh 840 gr. This bike is as light as a feather! This bike is ideal for anyone!
This bike is manufactured with new Nanocarbon technology. It’s high performance areas are stability and resistance. It only weighs 1040 gr. This bike makes you feel as if you are riding on clouds. It is so light you can barely feel the road beneath you! It also provides that feeling of security to know that it can easily take any turn.
This model is made mostly of carbon. It provides a very unique style with a monocoque structure. This bicycle provides a perfect blend of comfort and a twisting stiffness. This bike is reliable and very easy to peddle. It also provides superb quality and affordability.
This bicycle model is idea for any cyclist that is just starting to dabble into racing. It has a weight of 1480 gr. It offers complete reliability. It comes in six sizes with a variation of sloping geometries. This bike also comes in two colors.
This bike is ideal for Triathlons. It allows the rider to quickly reach maximum power and speed. Crono also offers light weight and great dynamics with it’s monocoque structure. This bike’s internal cables and integrated fork give it a polished and refined look.
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The top qualities of this model are resistance and reliability. The cross carbon frame gives it exceptional potential. It can easily cross the most rugged terain, due to it’s light weight. This bike is available in five sizes.
This bike’s frame is manufactured from aluminum. It comes with a classic look. It also has special cross geometry. This model was carefully manufactured to give it strength, good reliability and excellent drive posting. Only in one Color.
This bike has a unique look compared to other bicycles, Bottecchia included. It has an aero seat and large tube dimensions. The principle features of this model are hardiness and reactivity. These features are the most important when it comes to racing. The Pista offers the maximum level of athletic power with the ingredient of 7005 T6 aluminium. Only in one color.
This model, one of the strongest, has monocoque with double mould and UD high module carbon just like the SP9 series. These materials give this bike amazing lightness and frame strength. This bike barely weighs over a kilo. This bike offers the max resistance by using materials that save weight rather than using other more traditional constructive materials. The big size of the down tube and the conical 1.5″ head tube give it maximum sprint and agility. The rear stay is reinforced with 15% extra stiffness so that it can easily withstand stress. Also, this model comes with a 160 mm post mount brake fit system to offer instant stopping and to eliminate any vibrations when braking. This bike model has an aggressive but appropriate look with it’s harmonious shapes and integrated cables.
This series is an almost exact replica to the Zoncolan. The difference between this model and the Zoncolan is the look and setup. This frame has been enlarged on many levels so to satisfy certain demands.
This series has some technical upgrades. Pordoi exhibits potential to reach inconcievable heights and performance. The stiffness and weight qualities are the most important values when looking at this model. The price is very reasonable, considering the quality.
The frame of this series offers triple the thickness. The Scandio X9 series aluminum Stelvio MTS frame is light and offers disk brakes. This bike focuses mainly on stability and speedily reaction. Due to it’s low barycentre, it handles extremely well when in strenous situations. It easily handles all the stresses on the frame. This bike is a wonderful alternative to the carbon frames with a reasonable price.
This full suspension model has TCC technology and UD carbon with the monocoque double mould frame. It offers light weight(size 44, 1680 gr) and great reaction/handling. This bike can be used for sporting and for competitive events and circumstances. The geometry of this bike has four links in the rear stay with allows it to damper any stress. It also has a carbon swing-arm and low stand over to improve the stability. The down tube has a dimension of 1″ 1/5 head tube to reinforce the frame, giving it a very strong front triangle. This allows the bicycle to have extreme agility. The chain stays of the model are asymmetrical with a lower chain side and a post mount brake system. This model has a fun, sleek look.
The biggest features of this bike model are strength, reliability, and easy handling. These advantages give this full suspension bike a step up on the competition.
Achievements for Bottecchia bikes
Since the founding and creation of Bottecchia bicycles, there has been many accomplishments. These accomplishments were gained through perseverance and dedication. It all began with something small and, with patience, it flourished into a world-wide corporation.
The Bottecchia bike brand has proved itself through many generations, about 80 years. It started with the famed Ottavio Bottecchia, winning race after race. Today, racers across the world use the trusted bike brand. The most known racing team is the UCI Continental Acqua & Sapone Professional Team. They ride the Bottecchia SP9 and Mille bikes in their races. In 2010, this team won 1st in Stage 5 of the Tour Méditerranéen, 1st Overall of the Tirreno-Adriatico, 1st in Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, 1st in the Tunisia Road Race Championships, and 2nd Overall in the Three Days of De Panne. Thanks to the skill of the riders and superb quality of the bikes, this team was able to do excellant in their races.
Bottecchia bikes come in a variety of different styles. The SP9 and Mille series are the most popular racing bikes. The Supernova SP9, technique and design, is made with the most progressive technology. This professional bike series includes features like integrated carbon dropouts, differentiated headset, a TCC structure with a double mould. It also has a new seatpost Dynamic Integrated System abling the rider to adjust it up to 70 mm. The Mille professional racing series, the lightness shiver, is build with Calibrated Carbon Technology (TCC) and a double mold. This bike frame has the essential lines and shapes to give it an ultra light performance. The technique, thickness and internal surfaces control and carbon fibre, that this frame was produced, allow it to only weigh 840 gr. This bike is as light as a feather! This bike is ideal for anyone!
Bottecchia bikes are for everyone, from racing down to casual riding. They currently offer fourty models: racing bikes, mountain bikes, “verde natura” and “city” line, super light and junior bikes. They are all made with quality, and creativity to provide you, the rider, with the best bike possible to match your preferences. Most of these bikes’ chassis is made of carbon fiber which makes them ride smoothly. It also allows them the potential to gain great speeds.