Chesini Gran Premio Custom review

We put this Italian custom build to the test

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Chesini has designed a modern steel bike with a quality build. Although carbon is lighter and stiffer, it will ultimately deteriorate, making a steel frame a longer-term investment. There are many options available in the market for those looking for a custom steel-framed bike, but not many offer the outstanding construction and Italian heritage of the Chesini GP

Reasons to buy
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    Custom options

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    Beautiful paintjob

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    Great build quality

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    Comfortable ride

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    Built to last

Reasons to avoid
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    Looks not for everyone

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    Not as stiff or light as carbon machines

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Chesini is named after its founder Gelmino Chesini, who started creating bikes in his workshop near Verona, Italy, in 1925.

Over 90 years on and much history, including a change of premises from Nesente to Via San Paolo and a flirtation with servicing Singer sewing machines, Chesini is flourishing at what it does best: making bikes, especially the steel-framed variety such as the GP Custom.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.