I was in Tuscany recently , and for my birthday , a good friend arranged for me to visit the Tommasini factory .
I had met Mr Irio Tommasini previously , and we talked about his builds , the type of steels he used and who in the current sphere of artisan frame builders he liked …
On this occasion I was unable to see him as he was attending matters on his olive farm , instead , I was fortunate to meet his two daughters , Roberta and Barbara …
The bike in hand is the iconic ‘Diamanté model , named by Roberta on the right , because that is what she saw in the multi shape tubes ..
I was given a tour of the factory very kindly by Barbara , a lady of in-depth knowledge of the science of frame building , fascinating to talk to , aware of geometry , physics and able to predict a frames performance from it’s movement , like a professor ….the gentleman bellow is involved in the iconic frame painting process …
Forks and frames , Tommasini provides restoration services to older frames ..
As well as tailor made frames , a prime example of serendipity striking , at that moment one of Tommasini’s highly skilled in-house frame builders was actually working on Barbara’s personal gravel bike frame ….
Barbara also explained the Tommasini ethos to me .
Irio Tommasini has selected the best of the best to work in the in house production process , all are long serving staff , numbers have applied to work within , but only those that reached Mr T ‘ s exacting standards got accepted .
Only the highest grades of Italian steels , aluminium and titanium are used to produce the frames , no carbon ones are produced as Tommasini are unable to source Italian material .
The lugs are produced in house … one of the latest model , steel framed gravel bike , the , the ‘ fire ‘..
This an anniversary edition Super Prestige made from Columbus SLX steel , only 10 more will be made
It was an unforgettable birthday experience , a chance to see behind the scenes of an iconic artisan’s factory , and learn so much about what it takes to understand the true art of fine frame building , many , many thanks again.
A long time ago I bought a neglected early 80s Tommasini bike (in close to original condition) for really cheap at a flea market. I used it for a year or so and then forgot about it as I moved out. When I ‘rediscovered’ it I had the frame restored at the Tommasini factory and they did an absolutely incredible job. I built it up from scratch again using only period correct components. It turned out perfect and looks stunning.
An awesome “pellegrinaggio”, well done and thanks for posting! I love their classic frames and always lust after them when I see them about. One day I’ll snag one…