Take a look at the steel Portofino from Battaglin

A modern take on the classic lugged steel frame

(Image credit: Photographer: Mirco Vettore Photograpy)

Making lugged steel frames is a bit of a dying art, with many modern steel frames being brazed tube-to-tube rather than having lugwork at their joints.

But Officina Battaglin has gone against the trend with the Portofino, which uses a lugged construction. Since the Portofino uses oversized frame tubing, that means that the lugs need to be oversized too, and Battaglin was the first framebuilder to develop these.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.