Firenze, Italy

Vasco Montelatici and Cino Cinelli raced together as Juniors before WW2. After the war, Vasco opened a bicycle shop and sponsored racers, Cino opened a shop and made frames and components. When Vasco needed “house” frames to put his name on, he sometimes went to his old friend Cino, as well as Galmozzi and Patelli.

In 1955 Sante Ranucci won the amateur world championship (riding a Montelatici bike), thus earning Montelatici the coveted ‘World Championship stripes’.

In 2011-12, a “stash” of new but never painted Montelatici frames was discovered in Italy and a small number (12?) were imported into the USA. Brian Baylis painted most of this group and these below are representative.

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Updated 9.2.2022

Vasco Montelatici passed away in 2003

Anne Phillips “What’s a Monte?” story HERE

Vintage frame road bike with modern components

Anne Phillips road rocket!

First as a frame alone

This frame built up into a complete bike:

Brian Baylis elaborately painted Monte!

Frame set from this same approximate era.