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Alain and Florent Ferraroli started Cycles Ferraroli SA in 1978 in the Swiss watch making town of La Chaux-de-Fonds. Ferraroli specialized in custom, silver brazed and lugged road bicycles and probably started making mountain bicycles by 1983. By the release of their 1987 catalog, Ferraroli had five different models of mountain bikes on offer. As most Ferrarolis were custom, “sur mesure,”, model names were rarely used. Ferraroli's production never exceeded 600 frames per year, which were a mix of road and mountain. Custom Ferrarolis had beautiful splatter and fade paintwork in vibrant, fluorescent colors, standing out from most other European makers of mountain bikes1)
The colors of Ferraroli, from the 1993 Ferraroli catalog.
Florent and Alain Ferraroli. From the 1987 catalog.
Shimano Deore XT front (1982-94), lugged frame, internal cable routing, bullmoose bars, probably a newer rear derailleur.
Shimano SGS (1986)
Shimano XT front and rear (1987-88), bullmoose bars, internal cabling, Columbus double butted & lugged. Extra rack mounts.
1987 California retrobike
Shimano SIS Light Action RD-L523 (1986-88), bullmoose bars, internal routing, full rack tabs, shark fin, Tange tubing
1988 Pyrénées mountainbikemuseum
Deore derailleurs, (1989-90), bullmoose bars, non-internal cabling, fewer rack tabs. Frame #2814. The Annapurna name was already well established by Tom Ritchey - and was likely a tribute to Tom's frame building mastery. Whether this frame is actually an Annapurna is a mystery, as non-custom bikes were not labeled.
1989 Annapurna facebook
Exage Mountain? (1988-89), Rock Shox RS-1 (1990 only), bullmoose bars, full rack mounts.
A travel MTB which can be broken down into two parts for compact storage. Authier is a Swiss ski brand. Shimano XT M732 (1990), bullmoose bars , a few, rear rack mounts.
1991 Authier facebook
Shimano DX (1991-94). The Magura hydraulic brakes are non-original. Bullmoose bars (the last time bullmoose bars are to be found on any production mtb?).
1993 Pyrénées Shimano XT M735 (1990-92), non-original fork.
1993 Pyrénées fascinationferraroli
1994 California Light
1994 California Light Full XTR (1993+), Columbus Genius tubing & unicrown fork. About US$8000?
1994 California Light
From the 1993 catalog. fascinationferraroli