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52cm Mirella Frame

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Mirella frames are built in the Leri shop, founded in 1898. The Leri company is in Muggiò, just north of Milan and west of Monza. It's here in Lombardy that the tradition of careful hand-crafted frames was strongest. Perhaps the names of some of Lombardy's other great builders will be familiar to the reader: Masi, Mondonico, Pogliaghi & Colnago.

The Rinaldi family, which founded the company and still owns it, created the Leri and Mirella names in 1923.


52cm Mirella frame and fork with Campagnolo headset $400.00 (used)
52cm seat tube x 54cm top tube.

The Leri shop used both Falck and Columbus tubing. Because this frameset has been re-painted, its tubing decal is long gone. But it is not a great leap of faith to assume that a frame exhibiting this high level of workmanship from the 1970s is made of Columbus tubing.

Mirella frameset

We date this frameset to the early 1970s. Note the long Campagnolo dropouts with eyelets and chrome-plated cast flat fork crown. This is a classic Italian road frameset that will eat up the miles, yet jump when you get out of the saddle.

Mirella frameset

The frameset comes with this Campagnolo Gran Sport headset. The workmanship is very good. Note the brass around the fork tips has been shaped and smoothed.

Mirella Frameset

The frameset has been re-sprayed, but not by just anybody. Note the decal on the left chainstay. This is a CyclArt paint job. CyclArt is one of the most highly regarded frame-finishing shops on the planet. You can see the classic Campagnolo cable guides and the nicely lugged chainstay bridge.

Mirella frame

View of the rear triangle. There are scratches. But again, the rear dropouts are beautifully brazed and finished into the stays. And is there anything lovelier than chrome-plated, cut-out Prugnat lugs?