Francesco Moser was born in 1951 in Giovo (Trentino-Alto Adige) and was a professional road bicycle racer. His professional carrier began in 1973. Just few years later he became one of the most dominant riders of his generation. He had amazing power and was big-boned. That is why he was not a good climber. He won two stages in the Tour de France, the whole Giro d’Italia in 1984, plus further 23 stages. He won the Milan - Sanremo race, as well as the World Road Racing Championships in San Cristobal, Venezuela in 1977.
The world hour recordPerhaps the most interesting of Francesco Moser's achievements is when he broke the 1972 hour record set by Eddy Merckx. He beat this record in 1984 in Mexico City, after a long period of training and preparation. The record was made on an aerodynamic bike which no one had seen before. It had oval steel tubing and disc wheels, so his record of 51.151 km in one hour was widely discussed.
Classic bike productionThe bicycle which caused this discussion was made by his own company, Cicli Moser, founded in 1979. The record of 1984 was celebrated by Moser adding different frames to his range. In 1987 the classic bicycle, the ‘Francesco Moser 51.151’, which was named after his record, went into production. It was made of Columbus SLX steel and equipped with the Campagnolo Super Record and Triomphe series.
Francesco Moser 1987
Frame & Fork Francesco Moser; Columbus SL tubing
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Super Record
Headset Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset Campagnolo Super Record; 172.5; 53/42
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Super Record
Stem 3T 90mm
Bar 3T; 42cm
Shifters Campagnolo Record
Brakes Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Levers Campagnolo Super Record
Hubs Campagnolo Record; Freewheel 13-18
Rims Nisi 700c tubular
Tires Wolber; 700c tubular
Seat Post Campagnolo Super Record
Chain New YBN Classic
Pedals Campagnolo Super Record