South Salem Cycleworks, 4071 Liberty Road South
Salem, OR 97302-5752
(503) 399-9848
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM; Closed Sunday

Torelli Bikes and Frames, new old stock and beautiful used frames

We have a few new Torelli frames built by Antonio and Mauro Mondonico in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These frames were built by the masters in their small shop in Concrezzo, Italy. These are steel frames with an extraordinary ride that possess a beauty that only Italian master can bring to their art.

Here's a photo gallery and history of this remarkable framebuilding shop

Torelli Frames posted on this page: 53 cm Corsa Strada | 54.5 Torelli-Cinelli Project | Bill McGann's 55.5cm EL-OS Nitro Express | 56cm Carbonio | 60cm Nitro Express EL-OS | 62cm Torelli Countach

Torelli 20th Anniversary bike and frames are posted here

Torelli Gran Sasso complete bike: with Mirage triple groupset, 50 cm and 62cm

53cm Torelli Corsa Strada complete bike. $2,500, barely used

53cm seat tube x 54cm top tube

This bike is not new, but it had almost no use before we bought it.

53 cm Torelli Corsa Strada

A lovely example of the Italian framebuilder's art

53cm Torelli Corsa Strada

Front view showing the hand-built wheels and carbon forks

53 Torelli Corsa Strada

Close-up of the rear triangle

Torelli Corsa Strada

Close-up of the head tube. The Torelli Triumph rims have machined sidewalls for ultra-smooth braking

Torelli Corsa Strada

Close up of the bottom bracket and Columbus Zona tubing decal. Though the frame is mostly tig-welded, it does use an investment-cast (lost wax) bottom bracket shell.

54.5 Torelli-Cinelli Project frameset

54.5 seat tube (56 center to top) with 56cm top tube.

In the mid-1980s Torelli Imports developed a close working relationship with the Italian Cinelli firm. Cinelli made most of its money from its handlebars, stems and tape.

But at that time, there were still a few of the famed Cinelli steel frames built in world-renowed Cinelli shop. Torelli founder Bill McGann had made it clear that if there was ever any production capacity available, he wanted Cinelli to produce a Torelli professional frameset.

Around 1985 he did get a call that Cinelli would accept an order for twenty frames to be made by Cinelli with Cinelli cast lugs, BB shell and fork crown and Columbus tubing. McGann visited Andrea Cinelli (son of founder Cino Cinelli) in Milan to make sure the frames would be Cinelli-produced. Andrea assured McGann that the frames would be crafted in the Cinelli Atelier. The result was a consignment of extraordinary frames.

The frame for sale here is the frame McGann took for his own use. McGann says it is one of the two finest-riding frames he has ever had the pleasure of riding. He rode it until Antonio Mondonico made a custom frame for him. The original paint is a crazed and there are a few scratches. But for our asking price of $600, you will not get a better riding bike.

Frame and fork: $600.00

Torelli Cinelli frameset

The frameset has traditional chromed lugs, chainstay, fork crown and fork tips.

Torelli-Cinelli project frame

Front view showing the cast external sloping fork crown. This makes for both a very comfortable bike and a solid steering feel.

Torelli rear triangle

View of the rear triangle showing traditional cable routing.

Cinelli project decals

The seat tube showing the "Cinelli Project" and Columbus tubing decals. It is made with Columbus SL.

Torelli bottom bracket shell

The Cinelli name is cast in the bottom bracket shell, which has lost some of its paint.

Bottom bracket shell

Top view of the bottom bracket shell. Some of the paint crazing can be seen.

Torelli 55.5 cm Nitro Express built by Antonio Mondonico for Torelli founder Bill McGann

This frame was built in the early 1990s by Antonio Mondonico for his best customer, Bill McGann, founder of Torelli Imports. That is why the frame has a 55.5 cm seat tube. Mr. Mondonico wanted this bike to be perfect for McGann.

McGann so loved this frame he nicknamed it "The Baby". It has a 55.5 cm seat tube and 56 cm top tube and is built with Columbus EL-OS tubing. A look at the photos will show that this extraordinary example of the framebuilder's art is in lovely condition.

Since health considerations prevent Mr. McGann from properly enjoying this frame, he felt a bike this extraordinary should be owned by someone who can give it the miles it deserves.

Here's a quote from Road Bike Action's July 1994 review of the Nitro Express:

"The Torelli can rekindle the most hidden passion to go fast and take chances. It delivers awe-inspiring confidence on fast and twisty descents. Everything feels so right."

We are offering the frame, fork and headset for $1,200.

Torelli 55.5 cm notro express

The frame was built in Italy by Antonio Mondonico and painted in the U.S. with Dupont Impron

Torelli 55.5 cm Nitro Express

The bike's paint and chrome is in excellent condition

55.5 cm Torelli Nitro Express

A view of the Nitro Express' rear triangle

Torelli 56cm Carbonio frame
56cm seat tube x 56cm top tube
Frame only $950. Please call for fork price.

Torelli carbonio

This lightweight road frame was made for Torelli by the renowned Alan firm of Padua, Italy

torelli carbonio

Front view showing the aluminum head lugs.

Torelli carbonio

Torelli chose Alan to make its carbon frames because few firms can match Alan's experience in making nonferrous frames. The firm began in the early 1970s and several world championships have been earned on frames made by the company.

Torelli 60 cm EL-OS Nitro Express
60cm seat tube x 59cm top tube
Frame $2,079, fork $299
Torelli 60 cm ELOS framset

60 cm Torelli EL-OS Nitro Express

Torelli EL-OS seat tube

Seat tube detail showing EL-OS seat tube decal

Torelli Nitro Express

Torelli Nitro Express showing lugless fillet-brazed fast-back seat stay attachment. Beautiful!

Torelli TIG Countach, 62 cm
Frame only, 62cm seat tube, 60cm top tube, $1,250
This late-generation Torelli Countach was TIG-welded in Italy. While most Countach frames were made from Torelli/Columbus 747 tubing, the 62s were made with Columbus Zona Nivacrome tubing to keep the ride quality high, with the thin section of the tubes drawn to 0.5mm.

We have lots of forks, both steel and carbon, in stock to go with this frame.

Torelli 62 cm Countach

Built in Italy and painted in the US. Note the traditional horizontal dropouts.

Torelli 62 cm Countach

Front view. Note reinforcement rings brazed to the top and bottom of the head tube.

Torelli Countach

Torelli Countach rear view. Though most of the frame is Tig-welded, the use of an investment-cast bottom bracket shell makes for a stiffer bottom part of the frame.