Pino Morroni QR Skewer Set: EXTREMELY RARE! 1970's Inspiration for American Classic QR
Pino Morroni was an early innovator in lightweight aftermarket bicycle parts. He was obviously Italian, but based in Detroit Michigan. Among his inventions were the triple-nut wheel, the bizarre magnesium seatpost found on Eddy Merckx's Hour Record bike, a special bottom bracket that required threading all the way through the shell, and numerous titanium gadgets. He produced the Telavio line of bicycles.
These skewers are very similar to the American Classic skewers that released in 1983. The Pino skewers are nicer though! They have titanium rods vs AC's steel, and had a more sculpted lever. This is the first version, with inscriptions of "Pino Int'L LTD Detroit" on the cam ends. The later version simply said PINO in big letters. These have the original very thin springs. There is speculation that Morroni licensed the design to Bill Shook of American Classic, as they had a previous working relationship and the designs are too similar to not be. They are VERY rare. Try and find another pair yourself if you don't believe me! (Well, there is a NOS set on Ebay but they're asking $800).
Excellent lightly used shape. Rods are straight as an arrow, springs in good shape. Hardly a mark anywhere. Cams operate very smoothly, threads are smooth.
- PINO International Limited skewers, front and rear
- Made in Detroit, USA
- Titanium rods, alloy body/lever/nut
- 118g /set