|The VeloBase History of Stelbel
|Throughout the late ’70s and ’80s, Stelbel built a reputation for using
unconventional tube sizes and shapes, oversized or non-circular, and
occasionally for surprising the cycling world with special projects like
the iconic Punta dell’Est, which was first created in 1983 and then
grabbed the cycling world’s attention at the 1985 Milan bike show. By
then, a number of large brands had starting using TIG welding in their
construction process. Stelbel went from success to success, and when
production was at its peak there were people employed at the workshop.
There were also some experiments with aluminium and MTB frames. Sadly,
personal problems forced Stelio to close the doors on Stelbel in 1990,
and nothing more was heard from the famous Telaista – until 2013.
In September of that year, there was talk of a return. The foundations
were laid, and work began on returning one of Italy’s finest
frame-building brands to its former glory. 2015, thanks to a collaboration between Cicli Corsa and Stelio Belletti, saw a new and innovative Stelbel model range – incl. a limited 40th anniversary model of the brand’s initial Integrale frameset.
source: stelbel.it, 05.12.15