Fondriest's Story

Maurizio Fondriest announced his arrival on the world stage of professional cycling in Ronse, Belgium when he won gold medal at the 1988 Road World Championships. He followed that with two World Cups, one La Classicissima (Milan—San Remo), Flèche Wallonne, Championship of Zurich, and more than 60 other victories during his 12 years in pro peloton.

He retired from racing in 1998 and founded a bicycle manufacturing company — Fondriest Bici. The frames produced by Maurizio’s company gained immediate success among cyclists all over the world. Fondriest bikes became known for thoughtful geometries, refined craftsmanship and discrete paintwork.

In 2006 Fondriest Bici joined Cicli Esperia group to boost the development of high-performance bicycles for professional and enthusiasts’ markets.

To this day, Maurizio Fondriest’s involvement in R&D of the frames that bear his name is hands-on. His fascination with fine-tuning of bike geometries is legendary. Careful and meticulous about technical elements that make or break a good bike frame, Maurizio’s input into development process inspires the entire team to produce remarkable bikes that satisfy the most discriminating cyclists.

Torpado's Story

Torpado traces its roots all the way back to 1895 when it was founded by Torresini of Padua (hence, its name — Torpado).

By the 1960s, Torpado is one of the main sponsors of professional peloton with a team carrying its name to the biggest races in Europe.

In 2001 Torpado was bought by Esperia Cicli with significant resources channeled to revive the brand and attract discerning, well-informed cyclists from around the world to its innovative products.

2011 saw Torpado transformed into a mountain bike brand with Impudent high-quality range of products offered to competitive marketplace. To refine and advance its products, Torpado Surfingshop Team is formed, captained by an Olympian Yader Zoli with a score of young, talented riders.

By 2012, Torpado Impudent becomes an icon of technological finesse and Italian quality craftsmanship in the mountain bike world. With great intuition and foresight, Torpado is the first company to produce 27.5” mountain bikes and among the pioneers of fat bike revolution.

Inspired by its achievements and industry leadership, Torpado launched the Torpado Factory Team in 2014 to test the company’s products in the rigours of professional racing.

Torpado’s goal is to become the global brand dedicated to the enthusiasts and professionals of the two-wheeled world, providing high-quality, reliable, and most importantly, enjoyable products.

Early Fondriest Frames

Fondriest 1996 Status
Fondriest 1996 Status
Fondriest 1996 Toplite
Fondriest 1996 Toplite
Fondriest 1999 Toplite
Fondriest 1999 Toplite
Fondriest 2000 Don Racer
Fondriest 2000 Don Racer
Fondriest 2002 Carb Level
Fondriest 2002 Carb Level
Fondriest 2002 Top Level
Fondriest 2002 Top Level
Fondriest 2003 Carblevel Plus
Fondriest 2003 Carblevel Plus
Fondriest 2003 TF1 Top Carbon
Fondriest 2003 TF1 Top Carbon