Made to Measure and Handmade in Italy with Italian carbon and aluminum, now Protek Bicycle Frames are Available in the United States
Cicli Protek was established in 1998 in Loreto Aprutino in the heart of Abruzzo, Italy, by its passionate founder Antonio Carota. Initially a small laboratory committed to the production of light alloy frames, Protek is now an established corporation, and its brand is recognized and appreciated worldwide. Continuing to expand its brand identity and awareness, Protek is now available in the United States only through authorized dealers.
All Protek aluminum and carbon fiber frames marketed in the United States are 100% handmade in Italy and are 100% a product of Italy. They come ‘perfezione su misura’ which means ‘perfectly made to measure’; they are completely customizable in terms of size, strength, color design and other features. Protek uses your body measurements to create a custom fit frame professionally calculated to your specifications. For additional strength, Protek adds extra carbon wraps around joints and tubes — a feature recommended for the cyclist over 100 kg. The strengthening process is also available on our aluminum frames. Protek has never had a frame returned due to craftsmanship to date.
Protek offers aluminum and carbon made-to-measure and built to set geometry for Road, Mountain 26 and 29ers, as well as aluminum and carbon made-to-measure Cyclocross and Single Speed Cyclocross bikes. Thanks to the cooperation of affirmed cycling champions and all Protek teams, we found the perfect ratio of carbon to resin, tube length, and angles that give our professional cyclists a strong, absorbing and responsive frame. Just ask Ekaterina Anoshina (RUS), recent Elite Women’s champion at UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lassagais, France as well as U23W’s in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Or ask or ask Yana Belomoyna (UKR), champion of the Women’s XC Orobie Cup race Viadanica, Belgium. Or ask Greek National Champion Periklis Ilias, who officially qualified for the London Olympics 2012 Games on his VF9 29er. In cyclocross, ask two time junior national champion Toki Sawada (JAP) or ask Elite Champions Luca Damiani and Veronica Alessio, both from Italy.
Protek is making its mark in America by introducing the all new 2012 SK.4F road frame. The SK.4F represents the finest in Italian design and is the top of the Protek range in the road bike category. SK.4F is made entirely by hand using the technique of carbon wrapping. The result of years of research, SK.4F is the jewel of Protek, and customizable in every aspect. The frame is in fact available in standard sizes, but it is customarily sold made-to-measure, which allows each athlete to have a frame custom-cut according to their physical characteristics. The new tube design is stronger and lighter than its previous models. The frame weight comes in at around kg 1.000 (2.21 lbs) for a medium size frame.
The 2012 SK.4F is designed with a monocoque carbon fork and internally routed cable guides. If you prefer, a more rounded down tube can allow for external or electronic cabling. The head tube has top and bottom aluminum sleeves. The bottom bracket shell has no sleeves; it is press fit. This means that the bottom bracket of the crankset is press fit into the bottom bracket carbon shell. On request, the bottom bracket shell can be threaded, which means that it can be made for screw-on bottom brackets. Lastly, the bicycle can be customized by adding personalized scripting to the top tube.
It is not just a frame, but the only frame, because it is designed and constructed specifically for each rider. Protek has similar features to our mountain and cyclocross frames.