Tuesday, March 24, 2009

For Sale: De Bernardi "Brain" Road Frame & Fork w/ Headset

Note: This frame is now sold, but I'll leave the photos up for the world's general edification.

Seat tube: 59cm c-t
Top tube: 56.5cm c-c
Tubing: Columbus Brain (steel)
Dropouts: Columbus
Bottom bracket threading: Italian (of course!)

The fork is fully chromed, and the seat and chainstays are chromed, as are the dropouts (the paint in that area is very nice!). The frame has internal cable routing for the rear brake — very fancy! Columbus Brain tubing (strange as its name may be) is an "updated" Columbus SL — nice, light road racing tubing.

This frame is brand new and has never been ridden. It has been built up, however. It came to me fully assembled, and I removed all the components except the headset (a beautiful, also brand new Campagnolo Chorus 1" threaded headset). There is one small paint chip, shown below. Beside that, the frame is perfect.

De Bernardis are handmade in Italy. As the Yellow Jersey site says, they don't look like Italian racing frames or ride like Italian racing frames — they are Italian racing frames! Lugged steel frames of this quality are increasingly difficult to find. Indeed, De Bernardi no longer make these; the steel bikes they make now use threadless steerers and are generally less attractive.

Read more about De Bernardis on Yellow Jersey and Road Bike Review.

And see many photos, in numerous environments, below:


Columbus Brain tubing decal

Made in Italy

Internal brake cable routing and pump peg

Lugged, chromed fork. Downtube bosses, for STI/Ergo stops, downtube shifters, etc.

Lower headlug with heart cutout.

Downtube decal.

"Fastback" seatstay attachment.

Chromed Columbus rear horizontal dropouts.

In the sunlight.

Top view of top tube paint job.

Headtube decal, etc.


Side view.

Decals, brazed-on front derailleur tab.

Chorus headset and pump peg.

The small white spot is a paint chip. The frame has a white base coat; the red has chipped here.


MichaelV said...

Hi do you stil have the frame for sale? I'm interested.

AH said...


Yes it is! And I just updated the link in the post to a current Craigslist ad... so email me via there! Thanks.

Steve said...

Gorgeous bike. I just bought one that looks the same on eBay (used, though). Any idea what year this frame was made?