Wilier Triestina Marco Pantani – Tour de France 1997

Marco Pantani rode for the Mercatone Uno team in 1997, sponsored by Wilier at the time.
Their best frames for pro teams were made of Easton Elite 7005 aluminum with ProGram Taperwall tubing, and were arguably the best aluminum at the time. The frame of the Wilier is adorned with the Easton label like a badge of honor. The frames were manufactured in Van Nuys, California. In those days, aluminum was the preferred material for professional teams.

We proudly present one of the most iconic bikes in cycling history, the Wilier Triestina Easton Alpe d’Huez 1997 Marco Pantani bike.

Selle Italia hubs Alpina Slim RS-16 on the front and rear hub Alpina RR-1 with Ambrosio Nemesis rims with Vittoria tubulars. Only the top components were good enough for such a machine: Selcof Titanium seatpost, “The Pirate” saddle, custom Selle Italia TCS Kevlar, Stem 3TTT Pro Titanium Ahead, LOOK PP286 Road pedals, used by Marco Pantani during the 1997 Tour de France.

“Marco climbed the Alpe d’Huez in 37 minutes and 35 seconds, which is still a record for climbing,” says Gastaldello, Wilier’s CEO. “It was a very good time for Wilier, a big boost to our growth in the international markets as everyone was watching this stage and this guy and looking at this bike. The frame weighed 1,200 grams was one of the first TIG-welded frames.

Inside Lance Armstrong TREK 5500 OCLV US POSTAL 1999

In 1999 Trek Bicycles became the first bike manufacturers outside of Europe to win the world’s most prestigious bicycle race, the Tour de France, with US Postal Service leader Lance Armstrong‘s triumphant performance.
Armstrong and his unrelenting teammates race on stock Trek 5500 OCLV carbon frames, making them the only team in the Tour de France to race on frames identical to those that are available to consumers around the globe. Thanks to Optimum Compaction, Low Void (OCLV) technology, the 5500 was the world’s lightest production frameset, weighing in at a scant 912g.

Lance Armstrong’s Trek 5500 was the first full-carbon frame to be piloted to Tour de France victory.

Lance Armstrong was the first man to Win the Tour de France on a full-carbon bike (1999).

Shimano supplied the groupset for the first time and, by 2000, the quill stem had also been replaced by a tapered steerer as the modern bike took shape. In 2003, Shimano Dura-Ace went to ten-speed and the Japanese firm’s latest gruppo was used for the first time on a machine said to be the lightest ever used in the Tour – Armstrong kept weight down further by using a downtube shifter on mountain stages.