52.5cm Benotto Vintage Road Bike Frame

✓ Original vintage frame - built in the 1980s
✓ Lightweight for the era - just 2.5 kg
✓ Suitable for historic cycling events such as L'Eroica
✓ Thoroughly checked over & photographed in detail
✓ Worldwide shipping

Benotto have an enviable race pedigree having been ridden to World Championship, one day classic and stage race victories by such legends as Francesco Moser and Freddy Maertens. Like other top Italian marques a Benotto is often instantly recognisable by the colour, the ‘Champagne’ grey finish being used for their top bikes for many years. As well as producing finely made race bikes in Italy Benotto produced frames in Mexico and were extremely popular in South America. Benotto are also well known for their shiny bar tape which was available in a wide range of colours and was extremely popular through the 70s and 80s.

This high end frame set is more than likely one of the Italian built ones from a time when Benottos were producing a lot of their models in Mexico. The Columbus SLX tube set was the best available at the time and the frame has all the hallmarks of a top end race bike with the typically racy geometry Benotto are renowned for. The blue and white paint job with World Champion stripe decals is pure 80s and though the fork is we suspect a replacement the chrome matches the rest very nicely.

If you're taking part in L'Eroica or any other 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.


Condition Notes - One top tube cable guide damaged - see photos
Era - 1980s
Country - Italian
Frame Material - Steel
Tubing - Columbus SLX (Reynolds 531 Fork)
Weight - 2.521 kg
Stock Code - U-F-R4V


Size Guide* - Small/Medium (Approx 31" Inside Leg)
Seat Tube (ctc) - 52.5 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 53.5 cm
Head Tube - 123 mm
Chainstay Length - 40 cm
Wheelbase - 98 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 - 125 mm
Front Spacing - 101 mm
Seatpost Diameter - 27.0 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 - 38 mm
Fork Crown Race - 26.4 mm (ISO)
Shifter Fittings - Downtube Braze-On
Headtube Internal Diameter - 30.2 mm
Steerer Internal Diameter - 22.2 mm (Standard)


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