Champione was developed 5 years ago by BikePro as a high
end custom steel & stainless steel brand. The geometry of the
frames were designed by us here in Melbourne to the needs and wants
of the customer, then were built by a reputable European frame
builder. All Champione frames are subject to stringent quality
control at every stage of production, and hence meet the European
CEN standard, ensuring you get the highest quality frame. However,
due to the ever increasing demand of steel frames, BikePro are now
proud to introduce the new range of Champione production frames.
They are hand built, frame by frame, by the same people, so the
quality and attention to detail of these 'production' frames are
just as high as the custom frames that have been built over the
past 5 years. During these 5 years, much experience has been gained
and relationship with the frame builder improved, so you know
you're getting the highest quality frame. We have been using the
best tubing such as the Reynolds 953 and the Columbus XcR to build
our frames since we launched in 2006. Some people thought we were
crazy for launching a custom steel frame brand, but in reality, we
were just 5 years ahead of our time.
Our move towards a so-called 'production frame' is due to the
lengthy wait on customs frames, due to the supply limits of the
work shop. By providing our frame builder with a set template of
geometry, they'll be able to build frames almost instantly without
the need for contact back and forth between us and them regarding
geometric limitations. As such, all our frames will still be
'customly built', just not customly designed for the
inidividual.The quality of our frames also translates and applies
to other products in the Champione range. As mentioned above, every
Champione product meet and exceed the European safety standards
(CEN), so you can be sure that Champione = quality.
Origin of "Champione"
The name "Champione" was suggested to us by an Italian customer,
meaning "champion". After the first production frame was
manufactured, another Italian customer came in, and told us that it
is in fact "Campione" and not "Champione". Out of curiosity, Andy
did some research on the word champione. He found that "Champione"
is used by a lot of Australian Italians, and is almost the
"Australian" way of say champion in Italian. It is then that we
decided to stick with the Aussie Italian "Champione". The Italian
sounding name is by no means a ploy by us to pretend to be Italians
to increase the prestige of the brand. Rather, we like to think of
the name as "Aussie Italian", representing what we're about and
just what influences our designs and geometry of "Champione"
frames. In essence, Champione is the pinnacle European workmanship,
coupled with European inspired geometric design, specifically
tailored for the Australian market. By the Australian market, we
refer to a multipurpose frame that is tough and durable, which can
be used however you desire (racing, training, commuting) while
maintaining its elegance and class, ie. a bike that does it