This is a custom (slightly longer and lower) version of our stock 50cm Corsa. The Gun Metal Grey continues to be one of our signature colors - it just never looks anything short of great in any configuration. In this case, it's matched with logos in Embro Blue, which, as it turns out, matches quite nicely with Chris King's limited edition Turquoise edition headset.
This is a freshly completed Corsa, in our stock 56cm size with a unique color combination. Our Majorca Green is complimented by a custom grey front end and specialty purple logos and accent stripes.
The build is also quite specialized on this bike. Campagnolo Super Record, including Campy's new OverTorque BB30 cranks and matching Shamal Ultra wheels in the elusive tubular version. Vittoria Corsa CX tubular tires are the natural addition to this build, as are the Deda cockpit parts and Selle Italia SLR saddle. Of course, we've complimented this build kit with Chris King's I7 headset in the limited edition purple colors.
This is a wonderful example of the good things that result from an American-made frameset combined with an all-Italian build kit.
A very custom build here for an avid rider and racer coming off a Specialized Venge. We built this 48cm Corsa specifically to accept Campagnolo's internal EPS battery and cable system. Master Carbon wheels from Luxe Wheelworks are Enve SES 6.7 clincher rims built around Chris King R45 hubs in their deep red color. To make matters more interesting, this build also uses Cannondale's Hollowgram crankset with Rotor chainrings - a bespoke build indeed and one intended for going very fast.
Color is our now-classic Belgian Blue with standard black logo suite.
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It's a rare beast we have here - the elusive and rarest of red Corsas.
This is a stock 54cm Corsa in a very non-stock Candy Apple Red color with white logos and some smart-looking white accent stripes.
The frame is set up for electronic cable routing and will be receiving an Ultegra Di2-based build kit. Really, this is enough said - just look at the pictures.
This bike was built for simplicity and purpose. Aesthetics are not the focus here - function is. Custom matte black paint and minimal logos in white adorn this race bike. The groupset is a mix of Campagnolo parts again, chosen for function.
We don't typically make a big deal about weight around here, but we'll say this bike weighs out at 14.9 pounds as shown. Not bad for a burly rig to be ridden hard and raced for multiple seasons and survive all kinds of use and abuse.
It's often the case that it's the simplest, most classic-looking and timelessly functional machines that are most special to us. Such is the case here: a stock 55cm Corsa in Belgian Blue with Gun Metal Grey logos, standard cable routing and no real special features to speak of. It's a pure road race bike in the spirit of what we do here at Gaulzetti Cicli. This bike is destined to Berkeley, CA to a rider whose first Corsa met an unfortunately premature end in a bad car vs. bike scenario. Fortunately, rider is ok and back on a new generation Corsa. Enjoy.
The black with Belgian Blue colorway has been a popular one this season, and for good reason, we think. It blends the subtle, classy and purposeful with a splash of color. We've always been smitten with every bike wearing such a scheme.
In this case, we have a stock 58cm Corsa. Matching the frame, this cyclist has opted to have a Ritchey WCS Monocurve handlebar / stem painted to match the frameset. It's a nice touch that ties the frame module together in a way just not possible with a separate bar and stem. It's not for everyone, but it sure as hell looks good.
We showed this Corsa a couple weeks ago in its frameset state, and now we've been able to finally complete the build. This bike is to be used in a long term evaluation of road disc brakes and the build proved challenging. Despite these challenges, which we will outline in greater detail later, we're pleased with the results.
Complete details are below:
- Frame: Stock 51cm Corsa
- Fork: Enve Composites Tapered Road Disc
- Wheels: Easton EA90XD
- Gruppo: Campagnolo Chorus 11
- Brakes: Avid BB7 SL Road Disc w/ HSX 140mm rotors
- Handlebar: Deda 35 Alloy
- Stem: Deda 35
- Saddle: Selle Italia Superflow 135
- Tires: Michelin Pro4 Endurance 700x25
- Bar Tape: Prologo Leather
In our minds, the jury is still out on the viability of the disc brake road bicycle, at least as an alternative to caliper brakes for road racing applications. We're exploring that concept right now as we collect data in support of our Road Disc Brake series. This Corsa is our test bike that we'll be using for that article series. It's a standard Corsa in every respect, just built around a disc brake platform.
This bike is a stock 51cm frameset with Enve's disc version of its Tapered Road Fork and a Chris King I7 headset in navy blue. Just for fun, we've painted this up with a custom Candy Blue color that is more vibrant than we had anticipated. Logos are our standard Embro Green color. More on this bike and the disc brake series coming soon.
When we first started posting pictures of this bike on various corners of the internet, the reaction was universally positive but also curious. A number of people referred to this as a "retro" look. True, this was a paint scheme that we featured prominently a few years ago on the original Embrocation team bikes, which not coincidentally were also the first Gaulzetti prototypes. But that was only in 2009. We're not so sure 4 years ago counts as retro, but we appreciate the sentiment, which seems to be that this paint scheme is a modern classic and that can't be a bad thing.
This is a custom 55cm Corsa destined for a cyclist in Auckland, New Zealand. It's headed down there as a frameset only but we're really excited to see how it comes together.
This is a custom 54cm Corsa in Gun Metal Grey with Embro Blue logos. This rider has opted to omit our traditional seat mast logo because he may, at some point, choose to cut the mast off and use a traditional seat post, which is an option on the Corsa frames.
One of the latest batch of Corsas to come out of production, this is a 48cm frameset in Belgian Blue with Gun Metal Grey logos. This bike is headed to Wisconsin where we expect it will be hitting race courses throughout this Spring and Summer. We've installed Parlee's BB cups for Campagnolo cranks so the rider can just pop his Campy cranks in when he's building the bike up.
We love a bike with a good story behind it. More than this we love knowing that bike we build is going to ridden often and ridden hard. This is a case where both are true. This bike belongs to a cyclist who originally contacted us last fall. Like most of our customers, he had some racing experience and felt that his recent bikes, while light and stiff, lacked true race geometry and more importantly, were bereft of the visceral feel and soul of the bikes he had liked most during his racing career.
The design process for this custom build was easy once we had the desired fit parameters in hand. Like many of our custom bikes, this ended up being a slightly modified version of one of our stock geometries, in this case a 58cm with a 1cm reduction in head tube length and a corresponding adjustment to the c-c seat tube measurement.
The paint choice was a different story and proved to be the most complicated aspect of this frameset project, as is so often the case. To make a long story short, we ended up taking some inspiration from this cyclist's first real road bike when he was a kid, in this case a Cannondale SR400. We essentially applied this color palette to what we have come to call our "Team" paint scheme. This was not a project of retrogression; it was fulfillment of an experienced cyclist's desire for an American-made race machine with an aesthetic inspiration from said rider's youth.
The build on this bike reflects its intended use, which is a full season of riding and racing here on the east coast, with all our decaying infrastructure, unpredictable weather and variable road conditions. Full specs on this bike:
- Frame: Custom 58cm
- Fork: Enve Composites Tapered Road
- Wheels: Ambrosio Nemesis rims, Royce Hubs, Sapim CX Ray Spokes - built by Luxe Wheelworks
- Gruppo: Dura Ace 9000 mechanical, full group
- Handlebar: Ritchey Curve Classic
- Stem: Ritchey WCS Classic
- Saddle: Fizik Antares in Chalk White
- Tires: Challenge Strada 700x25 Tubulars
- Bar Tape: Fizik Microtouch in blue
And in the end, did it fit the bill? Well, we got a short note from the rider about a week after he received the bike. It read, simply: "Sublime. That is a bike made to race."
We're all familiar with the concept of cyclocross racers having a collection of bikes to survive a season of rough and various conditions. We have to admit that we're enamored with the concept of having a couple road bikes at our disposal to tackle a full season of riding, training or racing.
Here's the scene. Two bikes: One for training that will receive 90% of your miles in all sorts of terrible conditions, that will be used, abused, not cleaned often or well enough - you don't care how much it weighs and you're not too concerned by the vintage or matchiness of its parts. The other bike is your race machine and bears the higher-end parts package, the race wheels, the light bits and pieces. You break this one out when you pin on a number, maintain it fastidiously to keep it working optimally.
The key to establishing the quiver is to make sure the bikes are identical in geometry and extremely similar in ride quality and handling. Switching to the alpha bike for races or rides cannot be an experience that requires adjustment or acclimation. Switching bikes needs to be accomplished without thought or prevarication.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: The Corsa is a race bike in its purest sense. It's designed to be ridden hard, used, abused mistreated and crashed - and then come back for more. We love building up super high end builds such as the previous gallery featuring a Campy Super Record EPS build. We share this feeling that the Corsa is dream-bike worthy with it's hand-made construction, racing pedigree, ride quality and customization. We also happen to believe, and we have no shortage of customers who also believe, that the Corsa is the ultimate workhorse race bicycle.
To this end, we've put together our Joe Racer kit, which features a parts mix that optimizes the balance between cost and performance. We've chosen a group based on SRAM's new Red drivetrain with its redesigned shifters, derailleurs and shift action bringing an extremely light, fast shifting and predictable performance. We've paired this drivetrain with some down-spec parts - items where the second or third tier SRAM parts cost far less without causing any noticeable degradation in performance, so Force level cranks and cassette, Rival level brakes and chain. We've also chosen the SL S wheels from Mavic, which are the current incarnation of Mavic's legendary workhorse Ksyrium line of wheels. We top this off with bar and stem from 3T and a saddle option from Prologo. All in all, it's a race-worthy, made-in-US, nearly indestructible bike package for less than $5k.
This bike is a stock 56cm frame size and features our standard solid paint scheme in black with an Embro Green logo set.
Full specs on this bike:
- Frame: 56cm Corsa
- Fork: Enve Components Tapered
- Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium SL S Clincher
- Drivetrain: SRAM New Red w/ Force BB30 crankset
- Brakes: SRAM Rival
- Shifter: SRAM New Red
- Handlebar: 3T Rotundo Pro
- Stem: 3T Arx Pro
- Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo TS
- Tires: Mavic Yksion Pro Front / Rear specific, 700x23
- Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP 1.8mm
We show a lot of studio shots of brand new bikes here, but sometimes it's nice to show some bikes in their natural habitats. This is a 54cm Corsa belonging to one of our long-time team members, Colin Murphy. It's painted in our Belgian Blue with black logos in the standard suite, with the exception of the Embrocation moka pot logo in place of the Gaulzetti cocks. Colin has built up his bike with SRAM Red and Mavic's Cosmic Carbone SLR wheelset. He's also using the rare Embrocation edition Cinelli Ram bars.
The latest bikes to come out of our Medford, Mass facility, this is a 53cm Corsa in our Gun Metal grey color with classic white logos. Something about the grey really brings out the large welds characteristic of aluminum bicycles. We like that and it seems that those of you who, like us, see aesthetic beauty in raw functionality appreciate it as well.
This bike has all the 2013 features, including our new dropouts, Chris King headset standard and the latest iteration of our Dedacciai 7005 series aluminum tubing. Enjoy.
Here we have our latest Corsa in a size 51cm. This seems like a good opportunity for a couple notes on Gaulzetti geometry: We offer 14 stock sizes and if you dig a little into the geometry chart you'll see that it's really two distinct geometries at work. Our odd sized frames, like the 51cm featured here, are bikes that are longer and lower in the front end whereas the even numbered frame sizes are decidedly within the curve of what would be considered normal head tube lengths for bikes with race pedigree. For example, the 51cm is essentially the same geometry as the 54cm, but it has a shorter head tube and stand-over.
This is a unique build and one of the most impressive complete bikes we've put together yet. This bike is a 53cm Corsa, which like all of our odd sized bikes features a longer, lower geometry than the even sized bikes. The Campagnolo EPS group is typical Campy: very functional, well-built and extremely beautiful in its attention to detail. We found the setup to be relatively easy - both the wiring and the programing were intuitive and streamlined. On this bike we mounted the EPS battery unit on the back side of the seat mast, which was the preference of this client and is one of several options we can employ for the mounting.
Aesthetically, we matched our Gun Metal paint to Chris King's Pewter colored headset. The wheels were custom built by Luxe Wheelworks with the matching Pewter hubs from King laced up to wide, semi-aero section alloy clinchers from H Plus Son on which are mounted 25mm Michelin Pro Optimum front and rear specific clincher tires.
Full specs on this bike:
- Frame: 53cm Corsa
- Fork: Enve Components Tapered
- Wheels: Luxe Alloy Clinchers (Archetype Rims from H Plus Son, Chris King hubs in Pewter and Sapim CX Ray Spokes)
- Gruppo: Campagnolo Super Record EPS, full group
- Handlebar: 3T Ergosum Team Carbon
- Stem: 3T Arx Team
- Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo TS
- Tires: Michelin Pro Optimum 700x25 with latex inner tubes
- Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP 1.8mm