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Frejus is an ancient brand that enthusiasts deeply revere. The Frejus factory was opened in 1896 in Torino, Italy, by Emmo Ghelfi, who ran the firm until 1946.

From 1935 to 1956, Frejus was the main sponsor of a highly regarded professional cycling team. It was on a Frejus that Giovanni Valetti won the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) in 1938 and 1939. The great Gino Bartali rode Frejus in 1935. And, Cino Cinelli, who went on to his own fame as a builder, rode for Frejus in 1939.

Giovanni Valetti

Giovanni Valetti racing his Frejus to victory in the 1939 Giro d'Italia.

Another Italian firm with a long heritage, Emilio Bozzi of Milan, acquired Frejus sometime in the 1950s. Bozzi already owned Legnano and Wolsit. In the 1980s Bianchi acquired the rights to produce Frejus and Legnano bicycles. While Bianchi produced Legnano bikes, and even equipped a pro team featuring Maurizio Fondriest (1988 Pro World Road Champion) we believe Bianchi never produced Frejus bikes. Frejus production ended sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

In the 1960s and '70s Frejus bikes were imported by New York businessman Thomas Avenia. On the west coast, the importer might have been San Francisco's Murphy Company.

60cm Frejus "Tour de France" frame and fork $100.00 (used)
60cm seat tube x 58cm top tube
Wheelbase: 106cm (41.3")

This is a difficult frame to date, but judging by the fork crown, lugs and cable routing, we'd put its production to the 1960s. It would have been equipped with Huret (Allvit or Svelto) or Campagnolo Valentino derailleurs, steel cottered 3-pin crankset and either Ballila or Universal brakes.

It has a long wheel base and generous fork rake, making for a luxurious ride.

60 cm black Frejus

The flat fork crown makes for a more forgiving fork.

Frejus Tour de France

From the front. The high-quality Ofmega Competizione headset was surely a replacement of the orginal headset.

60 cm Frejus black

From the back. The frame's generous clearances should allow the mounting of fenders.

Bottom bracket

A view of the bottom bracket show housing is used to get the cables around all the turns.