If you’ve ever had an Italian frame under the Ciocc marque, it’s origins are of the hands of Giovanni Pelizzoli.
Back in 2011, between our drive from Milano to Bormio we visited the workshop of Giovanni, if only to confirm or deny all of the chinese whispers on forums of what and who he built for under various names.
If you blink you’d miss it from the road, and it was the Ciocc showroom that gave us directions to Pelizzoli.
The Ciöcc name still remains, though it was traded like playing cards in school and to this day also made in Bergamo – a stone throw down the road from Pelizolli. Ciöcc references it’s steel past but one look inside and the emphasis is on more modern materials and shapes in alloy and carbon.
The ‘Ciöcc’ tag was Giovanni’s nickname, and means ‘poker face’ in the local dialect and is referenced iconically with the playing card suits.
Giovanni also built frames under the CONTI, Concorde, Coppi and Pelizzoli names before the sale of the Ciöcc name. Many have passed through my hands over the years in both road and track, and I’ve dug a few from the vault.
Additional words in the image captions of the gallery above.
Conti Super Record Road bike.
Concorde Track Bike with Campagnolo C Record pista groupset.
PDM Concorde Track.
My PDM Concorde road bike. Campagnolo C Record 8s ensemble. This one can tell some tales.
Conti FIXIE Special. Work bike / Winter training bike.
Ciocc Road with pantographed Campagnolo Super Record and Cinelli components.
Thanks to Giovanni for welcoming us into his workshop.
Find out more at Pelizzoli World.