Nine years after his death, here’s a closer look at Pantani’s historic machine.
This is an exact replica of the bike that Marco Pantani rode at the 1997 Tour de France. He finished third that year overall, despite winning two big mountain stages, including a record-setting time up l’Alpe d'Huez. The following season, "il Pirata" went on to win both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.
We found the bike on display at Easton Cycling's world headquarters recently—it’s constructed of Easton Elite 7005 Aluminum. This bike has been on display at the company’s headquarters for 15 years. And since today marks nine years since Marco Pantani's death, we thought this would be a good time to share pictures of this bike.
Pantani's biggest challengers—Olano, Ullrich, Indurain, Armstrong—looked like robots compared to the animated Italian. Where those guys were deliberate and tactical, Pantani seemed to ride on emotion and guts alone.
This frame wore the Easton label like a badge of honor. Easton Elite 7005 aluminum with ProGram Taperwall tubes was arguably the very best aluminum at the time. And it was all made in Van Nuys, California.
Selle Italia went to market with its own hubs for a spell in the 1990s. This front hub captures 32 straight pull spokes with radical butting. At their thinnest point, these spokes are 1.2-millimeters! The rims are Ambrosio Eolic. The tires are VeloFlex Corsa.