3 GENERATIONS IN THE MAKING
Since 1920 Casati workshop has been manufacturing frames for bikers from all around the world. But if one hundred years refined the skills and building techniques, for sure it didn't ruin the passion that had always branded Casati frames.
HAND MADE OR MASS PRODUCTION?
Massimo and Luca Casati make a small number of customized steel and carbon frames in Monza Italy. They know the Art of staying a small company. Not seeking for big numbers allows them to build frames with their own hands.
HAND MADE IN ITALY MEANS BUILDING YOUR BIKE… NOT JUST A BIKE.
No human being is alike. Not everyone likes the similarity of a commodity. A cyclist looking for his bicycle wants more than a standard sized frame. A certain model may be perfect if it is made a little stiffer or more comfortable to fit the personal riding style. Design and colors have to match the customers individual taste. All this is only possible if the frame is made by hand.
Founded by Pietro Casati, winner of the 1913 Tour of Lombardy, Casati has remained in the family throughout its existence, and is now run by Massimo and Luca, Pietro’s grandsons. 1991 and 1992 World Road Champion Gianni Bugno is among the more contemporary champions to have begun their careers in the saddle of a custom-built Casati.
Handmade is not just a trendy buzzword, but a way of life at Cicli Casati. Their current output is about 50% steel and 50% carbon frames. Casati’s carbon frames do not come out of an Asian mold, but are fully custom for size, geometry and colors, and are crafted in Casati’s Monza facility, just outside of Milan. Their steel frames run the gamut of production styles and tubesets, from chrome-lugged vintage to modern fillet-brazed Columbus XCR stainless steel. Every step of the fabrication process, from bike fitting to paint and finish, is done in-house in Monza.
One thing you won’t find among Casati’s offerings is an anachronistic blend of trends, styles or materials. Casati vintage frames are made exactly how they were in the 1970s or 1980s. By contrast, the modern stainless steel and carbon offerings are suitably advanced and cutting-edge, with era-appropriate paint and graphics.