Benotto 3000 1978 restauration

Benotto 3000 restauration project

Some history on Benotto:

The 1960’s to 80’s were the golden years for Benotto bicycles. By the mid 80’s Benotto riders took impressive victories including 11 world championships and countless local, national and international races such as the Giro d’italia. In 1968 Ole Ritter famously broke the hour record while riding a Benotto bicycle. He road a staggering 48.653 km in one hour. It took four years before the great cyclist Eddy Merckx was eventually able to beat that hour distance riding 49.431 kms. (source:Wikipedia)

We bought this frameset from a friended bikeshop owner Thomas de Vos (a.k.a. Vossi.nl).

It was fitted with a dura ace 7200EX headset and bottom bracket. As you can see on the photos it still has the Dura-Ace decal on the seat tube. In combination with the Portacatena dropouts, With some help from Facebook connections we got to date this frameset to early 1978, it has the old style Columbus SL decal which changed in ’78. Keep in mind that De Rosa and Benotto were close friends back in the day.

Benotto 3000 1978

This frame was made during a colaboration between Ugo De Rosa an Mr. Benotto, this one has been made in the De Rosa factory. This is not your everyday Mexican Benotto 2000 that cracks at the bottom bracket as soon as you think about riding it…

  • Columbus SL tubing
  • Campagnolo portacatena dropouts
  • diamond shaped chainstay (like De Rosa)
  • damaged seatlug (will be restored)
  • 56ct 55cc toptube

future build list:

  • new paint, new decals, new chrome, the original badges will be glued back on the fork
  • Cinelli panto stem, handlebars and unicanitor n°3 saddle
  • full super record first gen groupset with titanium pedals and steel bracket spindle patent 78
  • Regina titanio freewheel and perforated oro chain
  • Alfredo Binda straps (white)
  • blue Benotto bar tape
  • REG watterbottle holder
  • a matching Sanson Gelati jersey would be nice too…

The frameset is at our local framebuilder Jan weymans right now to fix the seatlug.

Next step is to paint it in Toyota champagne which you see on the sample card below. It is a 99% match with a benotto that hasn’t seen much daylight.

 

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  1. Paul Evans
    July 25, 2017
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    Just in case you haven’t seen it I was delighted to hear the De Rosa connection confirmed by Francesco Moser himself when interviewed for the Italian cycling series ‘One to One’
    Beautiful beautiful bikes!

  2. Anthony Vink
    June 25, 2017
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    Hi, glad to see another Benotto being appreciated. I have a 3000 purchased in Italy in 2010. All original with all super record and original rims(not usable ,cracks) only non original parts were seat post and saddle. Have the correct seat post now but still need the saddle. Beautiful ride. I havent found an original jersey but purchased a period replica Sanson cap and jersey from Prendas in the UK. Good luck

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