Passoni are introducing a new finish to all their titanium models. The Italian premium frame maker decided to omit the numerous man-hours required to get silky smooth joints on their bikes and as a result offer a reduced price option.
From now on, every titanium model will be available with a raw finish.
This particular machine is a Top Force with that exact new look. It was built with a Campagnolo Record groupset with a PMP crank and Rotor Q Ring chainrings, Passoni’s own wheels (built up with Passoni branded PMP hubs) as well as Cinelli bars and stem and a custom Selle Italia saddle. The cost saving made from the simplified finishing process equated to around €1,500 making this Top Force in raw ready to sell for €9,500.
We really liked the matte titanium finish, it is something Moots have been doing for a while. What Passoni bring to the ‘look’ is their subtle detailing, such as the sand blasted and glossed logo on the downtube and slightly distressed head tube badge. Together with a raw finish it adds an understated elegance to this bike.
Riding it was very enjoyable, the Campag groupset seemed to compliment it perfectly, although the Q Ring chainset didn’t seem to make much of a performance difference. The ride was very smooth and controlled; apart from the strong winds you normally experience in Lombardia, the bike gave plenty of confidence when attacking the descents from the Passo del Ghisallo.
We want to apologise for the photos of the bike with the chain in the small ring, having just ridden up the Passo del Ghisallo and paying respect at the chapel of Madonna at the top, our emotions must have made us commit this grave error in cycle photography. Read all about the ride here, and maybe you can forgive us!