The Bottecchia Emme 695…
“Production for Bottecchia’s top-tier frames continues in Italy to this day. As the frame decals state, the Emme 695 is “fatta a mano in Italia” (made by hand in Italy). These bikes are built “on demand” at the company’s factory near Venice, and customers can make alterations not only to the components but also to the frame dimensions. Any reservations about the bike’s asking price should consider this key point. You won’t get much change from $12,000, but you will get a frame custom built to your exact specifications.”
– Read all of Greg Chalberg’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #60.
Detail of details…
Click the image below to view more images of the Bottecchia Emme 695.
Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Bottecchia Emme 695:
We’re sorry to say that there were some data entry errors in the bike review section of RIDE #60.
Our ‘Sum Of All The Parts’ table at the end of the Bottecchia review listed the incorrect wheelset weight.
• 1,479g is our measured weight for the pair of Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels.
• The published weight of 2,225g includes tyres, tubes and skewers.
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