LEGEND BY BERTOLETTI
Marco has over 40 years experience and runs a state of the art production facility in Bergamo, Italy. But more importantly, many pros and pro teams trusted Marco to build their frames prior to the widespread adoption of carbon frames. Marco would build made-to-measure frames individually tailored to the rider’s specific needs and traits.
Now no matter what material you decide, Marco will translate his experience, craftsmanship, and expertise into your dream bike. With LEGEND you get a made-to-measure “fatto a mano” frame built using the latest technology that is perfectly adapted to your style and riding requirements.
WHAT’S THE PROCESS?
Each made-to-measure bicycle starts with a conversation.
- What will the bike be used for?
- How do you want it to ride?
- What frame materials have you considered?
- What do you want the bike to look like?
- What components will be fitted?
- What budget are you working to?
This process can take days, weeks, and sometimes months and should not be rushed. It’s worth getting the details right from the start.
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When you are ready to go ahead, we will bring you in for a pre-design fitting using the Retül motion capture system and adjustable Müve bike. During this process, our head fitter will assess your current riding position and discuss and test the improvements that could be made.
This is an interactive process whereby we test a number of different positions before settling on the final fit position. Your feedback is critical at this stage as it helps to narrow down the fit window.
Once the final position is identified, we take key measurements of both you (height, shoulder width, etc) and the adjustable bike.
Once the pre-design fitting is completed, we will begin to draw the frame geometry. In order to complete the frame drawing, we will require a final decision on the make and model of certain components as they will impact the frame design:
You are welcome to be as involved in this part of the process as you require. If you have specific geometry requirement this can be incorporated to alter either the look or handling of your frame. Geometry can be fine tuned to offer different handling characteristics as required. As Marco is the expert framebuilder, we leverage his expertise during this phase.
During this time we will discuss paint and graphic design using Legend’s configurator. You will be given a log-in to test different configurations before making a final decision. Note: the frame can begin the manufacturing phase prior to the colour and graphic design approval. Only when the frame reaches the paint shop (final stage), does the colour and graphic design need to be finalised.
Once your frame drawing has been approved and deposit paid, Marco will schedule it into production and provide us with an initial delivery lead time. Typical lead times are around 6 to 8 weeks (except during the August and Christmas holiday periods).
By the time the frame reaches the paint shop (final stage), your final colour and graphic design are required. When painted, Marco will send us a picture of the frame for shipping approval ensuring the colour and graphic design meet your expectations.
During this period we will run a parallel discussion regarding the final build requirements (i.e. cassette ratio, bar tape, etc.) and order the parts for the final build.
Once we receive approval of the frame picture, Marco will ship the frame and we will schedule it in our workshop for the final build as per the customer’s component spec’s and frame drawing. Also at this time, we will schedule the final fitting and delivery date.
Collection day has finally come! When you arrive we will show you the bike completely built ready for inspection and admiration.
We will fit you one last time, now on your bike, ensuring the build matches the frame drawing. Then we will measure your bike using the Retül system for your and our records.
CARBON BY BERTOLETTI
Carbon is incredibly light compared to other frame materials, but strong enough to withstand some of the harshest road conditions in the world. Legend uses a bonded and joint wrapped tube-to-tube construction to make each made-to-measure frame. The choice of tubes depends on the model chosen, the desired ride qualities, and the rider’s weight.
Carbon fibre is anisotropic: strong in one direction making it is possible to lay the fibres only in the directions where they are actually required, saving both material and weight. Marco’s years of experience with the construction and the manufacturing of carbon fibre are indispensable making the Legend frame a benchmark for quality and performance.
1K: is lighter than other fibers and provides a more supple ride than a larger weave.
These smaller carbon fibers also require an incredible amount of craftsmanship when manufacturing a bike frame.
3K: is the most common carbon fiber used by Legend providing a comfortable ride while still allowing the bike to be stiff and strong enough to handle a powerful rider in the midst of his/her best sprint. 3K is heavier than the 1K carbon weave.
TITANIUM BY BERTOLETTI
Well, it is a strong, light metal with outstanding corrosion resistance properties that offers a timeless look and an incredibly smooth ride compared to carbon or steel.
Grade 2: is considered a “commercially pure” titanium that is light weight and highly corrosion resistant, but has much lower strength than alpha-beta or beta titanium alloys (Grade 5 or Grade 9).
Grade 5 (Ti 6Al-4V): contains 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium and offers the highest strength while still remaining light of the titanium grades used by Legend. All Legend titanium bikes are built with a Grade 5 bottom bracket to minimise flex. Grade 5 bottom brackets are what separate Legend from the mainstream titanium bike manufacturers.
Grade 9 (Ti 3AL-2.5V): contains 3.0% aluminium and 2.5% vanadium and is an ideal compromise between the ease of welding and manufacturing of Grade 2 and the high strength of Grade 5. It is the main tubing choice for Marco.
STEEL / STAINLESS STEEL / SCANDIUM BY BERTOLETTI
Steel and stainless steel have come a long way and are making a comeback. The new tubing is considerably thinner than previous generations now with only a slight weight penalty compared to carbon frames; while maintaining its superior road dampening qualities.
Columbus Life tubing is marginally heavier than aluminium while still possessing the strength and ride qualities of steel. Spirit tubing is a further 20% thinner with tube walls as thin as 0.38mm.
XCr stainless steel tubes have high stiffness/weight and strength/weight ratios (better than titanium and aluminium alloys), plus its higher corrosion resistance compared to regular steel tubing.
Scandium improves the welding characteristics of some aluminium alloys with its superior fatigue resistance permitting the use of smaller diameter tubing lowering its weight without compromising its handling or durability. A perfect choice for Crit racing.