Stelio Belletti founded Stelbel in 1973, and quickly became an internationally recognised custom frame builder. His experience as a TIG welder in the aeronautic and racing motorcycle industry led him to develop TIG-welded road frames, which at the time was unheard of. His unique and patented fork made entirely of steel tubing without the use of lugs has become an iconic symbol of the Stelbel brand. He still remains a mentor for the Stelbel brand, offering knowledge and experience to the frame design process.
In 2013, Andrea Cimò and Alessandro Caccia, owners of the Italian Cycling Company Cicli Corsa Snc, breathed a second life into the Stelbel brand producing frames with the same attention to detail and technique that set the Stelbel brand apart. The modern Stelbel models have a clean, simple aesthetic that let the technical and mechanic characteristics of each frame shine through.
All of their frames are custom-made to order in Italy out of custom-developed Columbus tubing. There are 8 different models to choose from: Pista, Strada, Strada Super, Ortica, Nina, Rodano, SB/03 and Antenore. All designed with modern manufacturing techniques to satisfy both the classic bicycle lovers as well as those who like modern vibes on steel bicycles.
The Rodano, which can be described as their endurance model, is one of their best-selling frames. Stelbel put a lot of effort into the research and development of this bicycle, and it is safe to say that the final results are magnificent. A geometry designed for long-rides, with a carbon fork and custom tubing developed in collaboration with Columbus specifically for the Stelbel line. The Rodano has a relatively long wheelbase and a classic geometry with a level top tube, making this bike the perfect endurance road bicycle.
We tested the Rodano with two different tubular wheelsets on various road conditions and it was a very comfortable ride, provided excellent power transfer in acceleration, and has great cornering. With a perfect balance between reactivity and comfort, the surprisingly lightweight steel frame makes it a dependable companion that left me feeling confident speeding down hills and racing around tight corners.
If you’re looking for a trusted steed that is great on descents and provides you with comfort on long rides, then this is the right bicycle for you. The Rodano model also has a great price point for a custom steel frame.
When you order your personalised frame, not only is the geometry and size customisable, but you can also choose any color under the rainbow. However, if you think you’ve already decided on a specific color, we don’t recommend you look at their social media accounts because each bike looks better than the last, and it will almost certainly make you doubt your color choice. At this point, we can’t but compliment them on their remarkable paint jobs.
After you decide what model to order, you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
After placing a deposit with them, it take approximately 4 months for the frame to produce. Not only can you customise your new frame, you can also customise the groupset, wheels, and accessories to match the frame.