The Fondriest brand is named after the legendary Italian cyclist Maurizio Fondriest. He won World Road championships in 1988 at the age of 23.
Dure ace Groupset Mavic Elites built around a sensational frame. 950 gram frame 345 gram fork
The test below is from Bicycling Australia
It’s targeted at the high performance end of the market, for those looking for every advantage. The first thing that struck me when looking at the frame was the incredibly large and square down tube. There is a lot of material there and yet the low weight of the frame is impressive.
Finished in ubiquitous red white and black colour scheme the finish and attention to detail is superb from all angles. The black sections of the frame are actually clear coat over the carbon weave and highlight one of the technical features of this frame, known as 4x4 twill. The way threads of carbon fibre are formed into fabric has certain characteristics to the resulting frame structure. The 4x4 twill fabric provides less stretch than traditional twill weaves and results in a stronger product.
Up front the seemingly backward raking fork is solidly joined to the differential headset incorporating a 1 1/8” top bearing and 1 ½” bottom bearing. The overall effect on the road is an incredibly stiff chassis. This is perhaps one of the stiffest bikes I’ve ever tested.
During out of the seat efforts every watt of energy goes into propelling you forward with absolutely no flex. On smooth tarmac with rolling hills this bike excels. It’s no slouch on long uphills either where the solid platform allows for no waste in power, whether you stay seated or climb standing.