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CUSTOM BICYCLES CREATION
The Sarto Workshop has been making custom bicycles for over 30 years. As the first company in Italy to specialize in the production of tube-to-tube carbon fiber frames, Sarto is proud that every aspect of the process is controlled in-house, from inspecting and mitering the tubes to painting the finished frame. A finely-tuned team of 15 young and old specialists produces over 2500 hand-made frames per year.
Antonio Sarto, the family patriarch and undisputed head of the shop, is eighty-two years old, but he is still the first one to arrive at the workshop each morning. "I have been building bicycles since I was 17," he says. "I don't know what else I would do if I didn?t come to work."
Antonio Sarto, apparently inspired by his last name, which literally means "tailor," creates custom bicycles that are fashioned specifically to each customer. "Each rider is different, unique," he explains. "We make a frame as if it were a fine suit: cut and joined to the precise measurements of the customer." He has instructed his son Enrico in the science and art of frame manufacture, and they now work together, along with a small number of long-time employees, to produce some of the most impeccable frames available.
Custom frame building
One could be forgiven for thinking that an old-time business like this might be resistant to new-fangled technology, and cling to the old ways and the old materials. However, Sarto and sons have embraced the advent of carbon fiber heartily. Antonio says, "When the best material available was steel, we used that for building our custom bicycles. We were master brazers. When it was clear that carbon fiber could outcompete steel, we studied how to cut tubes, join and wrap them, until we were satisfied that we could create a frame even stronger than the best steel ones."
Carbon fiber sheets