American Friend wrote:
In the late 60s and early 70s, Atala were not rare where I grew up in the States. In amateur racing circles in New York you were more likely to see someone riding an Atala than a Schwinn Paramount. My memory may be wrong, but I think at that time they were probably the most popular Italian racing bikes, at least in New York. An SLX frame would have been from a later period when there were a lot of other Italian bikes that flooded the US market and Atala became much less popular.
edit: just noticed you wrote 1990. I would have said mid to late 1980s. Certainly by then, Atala's presence in the US was a shadow of its early 1970s heyday. Nice job you've done, though.
The importer for Atala was there in the NYC area (I forget the name) and I have heard that they were a fairly common sight in that area as a result.
Of course, the Atala cycling team was also quite famous during the 80's.
In the midwest U.S. where I grew up, I had never even heard of or seen an Atala *ever*.
I didn't even know they existed until seeing them listing in a Bicycling Magazine buyer's guide issue sometime in the late 80's. I stumbled across this frame and fork in a Kansas City, MO Craigslist ad which was a rare sight as well. I should have asked the seller if he had any ties to NY.
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