In the 1990’s, if you owned a mountain bike there was a few elements that it featured on it’s steel tubes, and one that resonates louder than any other was splatter paint schemes.
These outwardly messy and unique designs forced the eye to look with pops of contrasting colour, and while seem simple are complex and laborious to execute well. These designs translated far and wide to what I’d still consider the ultimate in vogue from that era – The Mumbo.
Giovanni from Alfa Cicli and I first crossed paths on the internets, then at L’Eroica and have stayed connected via electronic means ever since. A professional photographer by trade, he lived in Melbourne in the 90’s and understands the unique sense of humour that is Australian. Ticino is his little pocket of the world, an Italian-speaking nook of Switzerland and a true haven for adventuring on two wheels.
Ticino is littered with palm-lined lakes and sharp Alpine peaks. Its architecture, cuisine and culture is closely related to that of neighboring Italy. Bellinzona, the capital of Ticino, is home to medieval castles. Lugano, a town on glacial Lake Lugano, is known for its waterfront promenade and Piazza della Riforma, a square lined with neoclassical buildings.
Giovanni is also fluent in many languages – Campagnolo, Shimano, SRAM and even Suntour.
The latest ALFA creation is simply known as ‘One’ and it’s owner Max might argue it’s the only ONE you need if you ever had to commit to a single bike in your stable – heaven forbid that day should come.
Comfortable on the road, dirt, trail and even snow when the weather turns particularly nasty.
A list of details randomly organised.
The inspiration for the paint finish was positivity, joy with a dollop of nostalgia and splash of fun. The paint fade is a modern wrap on what is a classic frame design (horizontal TT and seatstay caps).
Dual wheel/tyre size: 27.5 -2.2 and 700 x 45c
Campagnolo style seat tube bolt; front-facing to stay out of the way of dirt, and bikepacking seat bags.
Integrated headset cartridges top and bottom.
Unique and beautiful 3T Luteus II through-axle fork.
Cross axle-to-crown distance, with MTB tire clearance – 50mm rake.
Paragon Machine Works rear dropouts (TA 142mm) with interchangeable axle inserts (DT, Shimano) and replaceable derailléur hanger.
Columbus Spirit front triangle, Zona rear triangle (MTB S-bend stays).
All external cable routing, for practicality and longevity of the frame.