53cm Somec Air c.1988 Vintage Road Bike

✓ Original 1980s Race Bike
✓ Lightweight - 9.37 kg
✓ Hand-Built in Italy
✓ Professionally Refurbished

Born out of a pure passion for cycling, Oliviero Gallegati introduced Somec to the world back in 1973. When we say world, we actually mean the lucky few from the small town of Lugo in the Romagna region of Italy who had the pleasure of being the first cyclist to own these magnificent bicycles. With a name derived from the ‘Societa Meccahnica’ (Mechanic’s society), it’s no surprise that technology was at the forefront of everything that Somec produced, and over the years they became famous not only for their exquisite paint but also for what could be described as futuristic design features, such as the arched brake bridge and integrated seat collar. This kind of detail results in a rare ability to look at a Somec and know that it’s going to be a killer bike to ride, it sounds weird but we’re yet to be proven wrong.

The Air is a very special model, combining Columbus SLX with their profiled Air tubing, the reason it gets the name of course and one of Somec's finest frames available at the time. With wonderful cut-outs & engravings all over the place, a generous helping of chrome & the trademark Somec paintwork it's a real work of art. We don't always see top-end Italian bikes with Shimano kit, but the Sante group was a desirable one back in the 80s and Somec were noted for their support of the Japanese kit, so it's actually quite refreshing to see and certainly makes for an impressive build.

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) - 53 cm
Top Tube (ctc) - 52.5 cm
Head Tube - 128 mm
Standover - 80 cm
Era - 1980s
Country - Italian
Tubing - Columbus SLX/Air
Weight - 9.37 kg
Frame No - E160


Brakes - Shimano Sante
Brake Levers - Shimano Sante
Chainset - Shimano Sante - 52/42 BioPace - 170 mm
Shifters - Shimano Sante
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Sante
Front Derailleur - Shimano Sante
Freewheel - Shimano UniGlide Cassette - 7 Speed - 13-26
Chain - KMC
Pedals - Not supplied
Bottom Bracket - Shimano Sante
Hubs - Shimano Sante
Rims - Mavic GP4 CD Sprints
Tyres - Vittoria Rally - Tubular - 23mm Width
Headset - Shimano Sante
Handlebars - Cinelli Criterium - 38 cm (ctc)
Stem - Cinelli 1A - 70 mm Extension
Saddle - San Marco Rolls
Seatpost - Gipiemme Fluted - 27.2 mm


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