Fondriest is the “racing” brand which joined the Cicli Esperia group in 2006 and which contributed to the sharp change in the company's mentality.
As a matter of fact, the company faced an important increase in the strategic sensibility linked to production and marketing of high-end range bicycles. This allowed the company to concentrate a part of its resources in the development of high performance bicycles and frames, dedicated to the most demanding 2-wheel professionals and enthusiasts.
Maurizio Fondriest was born in Cles (Trento) in the heart of the Val di Non on 15 January 1965. During his 12 seasons as a professional cyclist, he added a good 69 victories to his list of successes on the road. The winner of the World Championships at the young age of 23, he won the world cycling cup in ‘91 and ’93, the mythical Milano-San Remo in 1993, and collected countless successes during his career both in traditional championships as well as stages in the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.
Today, as in the past, he continues to be a great fan of this sport. Careful and meticulous about the technical aspect of bicycles, his focus on the seated position -in search of the “perfect” geometry - is legendary.
After dedicating a professional career to sport, he put his family first, but the life of a great champion needs to carry on into the future and this is why Maurizio now transfers all his advice and experience to numerous up-and-coming young cyclists through his extraordinary example.
Ever since he started putting his name on the first frames, he realized that every single detail of the bicycle would have to reflect his personality and professionalism. Over the past years, he has registered several patents because he has always believed in R&D, and every new idea that comes to life is a new challenge.