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Torpado traces its roots all the way back to 1895 when it was founded by Carlos Torresini of Padua, Italy. (hence, its name-Torpado).
Between 1951 and 1962, Torpado boasted a team of professionals that participated in no less than eleven editions of the Giro d’Italia. The riders wore a blue shirt with a black horizontal band.
Those were the years of Bevilacqua, Brasola, Conterno, Dall’Agata, De Filippi, who won a stage of the Giro, Favero, Gismondi, Zamboni, but most importantly, Cleto Maule and Aldo Moser who raced with Coppi and Magni, coming fourth and fifth respectively in the Giro of 1956. Aldo Moser won two stages of the Giro.
There was an historical shop in Piazza Insurrezione, “Torpado", where the bikes were sold but most importantly, where the trophies were displayed. In those days, Torpado was the second ranked Italian company in terms of sales and employees.
In 2001, the Italian bicycle manufacturing company was bought by Esperia Cicli with significant funds tunneled towards reviving the brand and attracting brilliant cyclists from around the world to its innovative products.
Since 2011, Torpado has transformed into a mountain bike brand with a high-quality range of products catering to the demands of a competitive marketplace. To refine and advance its products, the company set up the "Torpado Surfingshop Team," captained by an Olympian Yader Zoli with a host of young, talented riders.
Today, the Torpado Impudent ranks high as an icon of technological finesse and Italian quality craftsmanship in the mountain bike world. With great intuition and foresight, Torpado is the first company to produce 27.5” mountain bikes and among the pioneers of fat bike revolution.
Inspired by its achievements and leadership position in the bike manufacturing industry, Torpado launched the Torpado Factory Team in 2014 to practically test the company’s products against the rigours of professional racing.
Torpado is a high-performing bike featuring meticulous detail and an innovative design. The brand sports many different models, and sold very well in southern California and even in Canada, Torpado did not miss out on the bike boom.
The top of the line Superlight and clone Super Racing Speciale frames from that time period, were light for it's day and had an excellent ride quality.
The frames for the team were personally made for each rider, starting from the Torpado base frame, which was then modified according to the athlete’s needs.
The frame was dip coated and then passed through a drying oven. The threading and refinement of the paint finish were carried out by hand. Before sandblasting, the frame was rubbed with sandpaper and an anti-rust treatment was applied. The frames were made of steel and the handlebar of aluminium.
Today, Torpado showcases a range of trademark products, from bicycles to E-bikes and other related components.
Torpado’s goal is to become the global brand devoted to all enthusiasts and professionals of the cycling community, providing high-quality, reliable, and most importantly, enjoyable products.
The founding principles of Torpado include; teamwork, synergy, but above all, an incredible passion. The same passion distinguishes Cicli Esperia today with the Torpado Ursus and Torpado Sudtirol teams, who will participate in the Mountain Bike Trials World Cup, the Internazionali d’Italia, major international, European and World Championships, as well as the Olympics.
Torpado Impudent is the mountain bike highest level brand of Cicli Esperia Spa Group. Torpado Impudent is the perfect MTB for everyone: from people who desire to approach the off-road to professional bikers who desire only the extreme performing product.
The design of each product begins on races: some of the best world athletes ride, test and develop these products having the goal to achieve high quality performance and create products that are poised to satisfy the fantasies of the most demanding cyclist.
Only an Italian manufacturer, forever a key player in the history of cycling, is able to fully understand and satisfy your passion, offering an exceptional product able to transmit a truly unique emotion. Unique like Italy, unique like you.