Monday, August 20, 2007

Belgian Bike Porn 4: Sportivo


Here's a bike you won't see floating around Beach Road. i have no idea where these bicycles are made, but there were a few pro and amateur teams riding these over in Belgium. they had a few different models. One being that pictured, with a compact frame and onda style forks. There was also another more traditional style frame (that I will feature later). I bet they have are made in the same factory that manufactures Pinarello- or maybe they are just a direct rip off.

This was one of the better looking team bikes floating around. You may notice yet another Concor Light saddle. I don't know how anybody can find those saddles comfortable. If you have no penis, and incredibly narrow sit bones you might find them comfortable. Just looking at the rocker of the saddle is enough to make me cringe. But the Belgies love these saddles (which probably says something about the anatonomy of the average Belgian cyclist).

I'm not sure that the photo truly shows how much seatpost this guy had going. His riding position was pretty obscene. Other features of the bike include full campy record gruppo, pro pilot stem and seatpost, and Kysrium SL wheels.

The mechanic seems to have done a nice job with the cable routing which will please Cam no end. Altogether a very well presented bike, but it gives me a back ache just looking at it.

3 Comments:

Blogger larson_b said...

that's a beautiful bike timboy.

6:57 AM  
Blogger C-MAC said...

It looks sweet. It's just a really nice paint job on a Taiwanese alloy/carbon frame. Probably out of the same factory that does Pinarello, as you say. The bikes are a Belgian bike shop's in-house brand.

They sponsor:

- CT Lispanne De Haan
- Del Sol Team
- Veranda's Clochet
- Foronex Cycling
- Keukens Buyse CT
- Avia Team

Website: www.sportivo.be

That is indeed an uncomfortable looking saddle. Probably an effective contraceptive.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Rollo Tommassi said...

Happened upon your post here by accident! Sportivo bikes come from Italian factories. The shop is in Bavikhove, Belgium and is owned by Lieven Malfay. He rode with Maertens

5:49 PM  

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