✓ Original 1980s Race Bike
✓ Made in Italy
✓ L'Eroica Compliant
✓ Professionally Serviced
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.
The Benotto 850 Paris Roubaix recognises the brand’s success in the famously tough one day classic, most notably the wins by Antonio Belivacqua and Francesco Moser. While lacking some of the finesse of the higher end models the 850 still shares the same race winning geometry and attention to detail you would expect from a company with Benotto’s reputation. The specification of these bikes was always a good mix of mid-range parts that worked well and offered value for money, it was always about the ride no matter the budget.
This mid 80s bike was probably built with Columbus Zeta tubing in Mexico and is finished in the classic Benotto champagne colour. The spec is period correct but eclectic with Campagnolo shifters and rear mech, a Shimano front mech and an Ofmega chainset. The wheels comprise Maillard hubs laced to Rigida rims and stopping comes courtesy of a Dia-Compe brakeset. This beautiful, original bike would make a great vintage commuter or fair-weather weekend warrior.
If you're looking for a bike to ride in L'Eroica, Anjou Velo, Velo Retro etc then look no further, this Benotto Modelo 850 is a great choice. It’s fully compliant with the rules and will certainly turn heads at any of the retro rides out there.
The bike's been taken apart, inspected & re-built in our workshop so we know everything's working as it should. The frame is straight & true without any dents or dings - please inspect the photos for cosmetic condition, we've photographed the bike in detail so you can see the exact condition before purchasing.
Seat Tube (ctc) - 59 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 57 cm
Head Tube - 184 mm
Standover - 84.5 cm
Era - 1980s
Weight - 10.56 kg
Tubing - Likely Columbus Zeta
Country - Italian
Frame No - R9206
Brakes - Dia-Compe sidepull
Brake Levers - Dia-Compe Non-Aero
Chainset - Ofmega Forgiato - 52/42 - 170 mm
Shifters - Campagnolo Record
Rear Derailleur - Campagnolo 980
Front Derailleur - Shimano 600EX Arabesque
Freewheel - Shimano - 6 Speed - 14-28
Chain - Sachs
Pedals - Not supplied
Bottom Bracket - Miche
Hubs - Maillard Large Flange
Rims - Rigida Clinchers
Tyres - Michelin Dynamic Classic skinwall - Clinchers - 700c x 25c
Headset - Rino
Handlebars - Sakae Road Champion - 28 cm (ctc)
Stem - Sakae - 100 mm Extension
Saddle - Unknown
Seatpost - Rino Fluted - 26.6 mm