Posted on 20 May 2009
Editors note: still one of the most beautiful (and expensive!) bikes we imported. Abici paved the way for companies like Linus who saw great design, light weight but knew they could lower the price through overseas manufacturing. Overseas manufacturing was everything Abici was against, but since both Abici and Linus (which we imported for three years) tended to rust with the same speed (fast) we had to ask whether Italian craftsmanship actually meant greater durability - and it didn't.
- February 2016
It's been about six months since we first stepped into to the Abici showroom in Parma Italy. As lovers of quality and craft, we were immediately taken by the handbuilt frames, the rich paint and the classic Italian design. Abici started several years ago with three friends and several bottles of fine wine. Lamenting the loss of classic Italian worksmanship to Chinese factories, the three set up shop and hired some of Italy's finest metal brazers - once employed by the finest racing brands on the market. The classic Italian city bike has never been an export product, but Abici set to do just that, and they succeeded rapidly. With its lightweight frame, gorgeous colours, and comfortable upright ride, the Abici not only took the bicycle world by storm, but also the fashion and design world too. The bikes have been shown at NYC Design Week, Design Week Milan and several other international shows. Word is that MoMA might even carry them!