52cm Chesini Gran Premio Vintage Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 3 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Chesini have been building bikes by hand in Veneto since the 1920s, and are still today custom building some technologically advanced, finely crafted steel frames. The company grew from humble origins and had a period of racing success through the 1960s, choosing to concentrate fully on hand-built custom bikes shortly after. Chesini built some incredibly beautiful but also innovative frames, the X-Uno was one of the first frames to route all of the cables internally and their patented 'Innovation' frames dropped the top tube for a stiffer front triangle.

Although the Gran Premio was the entry level bike in Chesini's line up, it was still built by one of the most innovative small scale builders in Italy, which is quite a statement. The Gran Premio was produced through the 1960s right up until today, and like all of Chesini's bikes since the 1970s, custom sizes, paint and braze-on options were available.

Built from Columbus SL, this frame dates from the mid 1980s. With typical Chesini attention to detail and the famous engraved head tube logo, it shares the DNA of a super bike but for a more wallet friendly price. This compact, reasonably subtle (for Chesini!) frame will build up into a lovely quality period Italian road bike.

If you're taking part in L'Eroica or a similar vintage event, this frame is of the correct age, so you won't be disqualified for being a rule breaker!

The frame's been carefully checked by one of our mechanics to confirm the alignment's correct and there's no damage to the threads. If there are any minor issues worth noting we will do so in the overview section below. Please take a good look at the detailed photos so you can see the cosmetic condition of the frame before you buy.


Era - 1980s
Country - Italian
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Columbus SL
Weight - 2.965 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R36V


Size Guide* - Small/Medium (Approx 30 1/2" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 52 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 53 cm
Head Tube - 114 mm
Chainstay Length - 40.5 cm
Wheelbase - 97 cm

*This is just a guide, not a guarantee the frame will fit as every rider is different. If you're unsure of your size we'd always recommend trying out a bike with similar frame dimensions first.


Rear Spacing - 128 mm
Front Spacing - 101 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 26.4 mm
Wheel Size - 700c/28"
Brake Fixing - Recessed Allen Key
Brake Drop - 45 mm
Bottom Bracket Thread - Italian Thread
Headset Thread - Standard ISO (24 TPI - British/Italian)
Headset Stack Height - 34 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Braze-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.0 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)


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