Mario Confente (1945-1979)
This & the other B & W photos herein are from the original Confente sales brochure.
Mario Confente was a graduate of the Leonardo da Vinci School of Engineering in Verona, Italy, and competition cyclist for the famous Dillettanti Bencini Team. He became a artisan bicycle frame builder with Grandis and said to have been a sub-contractor to famous brands. He was employed by Faliero Masi to head up the new California Masi factory on October 12, 1973.
After some years of managing the Masi operation, Mario struck out on his own. using the playing card “spade” as his signature logo, engraved and printed in various places on his frames.
Tragically, at the age of 34, Mario died on March 8, 1979. He had made 135 frames bearing his name. Confente frames are now eagerly sought by bicycling aficionados.
Russell W. Howe’s article profiling Mario Confente and his life HERE