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Sab - The History

As with many Italian cycling manufacturers, SAB bikes were born from a traditional cycling family, with a long history of success. Firstly as racing cyclists, and secondly putting their years of experience back into the industry through their top end racing bikes.

SAB were founded in 1990 by Mario Vicini (Jnr), son of Italian cycling legend Mario Vicini.

Born on the 21st February 1913, in Cesena Italy (Also home town of the late Marco Pantani). Mario was a successful professional from 1935 - 1953, with career highlights including, 2nd overall 1937 Tour de France, Stage winner and pink jersey in the 1938 Giro d’Italia, 1939 Italian National Champion and back to back stages in the 1940 Giro d’Italia, on his way to 4th overall.

Mario Vicini climbing in the 1937 Tour de France


Vicini’s first involvement in the bicycle industry, was as a partner in local Italian brand B.M.C, before creating SAB bikes with his son in 1990.

SAB became popular across Italy for their bespoke service, providing teams and individuals with custom built and hand finished bikes, as well as industry standard mass produced models.

In 2001 SAB took its first step into the professional ranks, supporting division 2 Italian team, Amore & Vita - Beretta. This partnership continued until 2005, when SAB took a further step forward, sponsoring Francesco Casegrande’s Giro d’Italia team, Naturino - sapori di mare.


Amore & Vita - Beretta Pro cycling team 2004: During a team blessing at the Vatican city. Mario Vicini presented Pope John Paul II with a SAB bicycle

Planet x's Jamie Burrow, team Amore & Vita. On his way to 4th in the 2004 British national road champs, aboard a custom SAB frame.

Murilio Fischer, Naturino - sapore di mare, winning the 2005 Giro di Piemonte. He also took the overall honours in the UCI Europe tour with 8 season victories.

A collection of 2005 Naturino team frames

The latest range of SAB bikes, included a full consignment of models, from custom carbon road bikes, mountain bikes and even a line of children’s racing bikes.


 Sab is now in safe hands, as part of the Planet X family, with plans for new models, better distribution and a rebirth into the echelons of high level performance cycling.

Long live Sab!









14 November 2012

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