Sante Pogliaghi was one of the acknowledged masters of post war Italian frame builders. Starting his trade at the age of 11 working for his uncle Brambilla in his workshop in Milan until his uncle’s death in 1947 when Sante took over the business.
He was sought after by top Olympic and Professionals alike. While his track bikes, both solo and tandem are most famous, he also made superb road bikes.
Pogliaghi is called “the master tailor of the bicycle." He made custom-fitted frames for many world-class riders like Sercu, Merckx, Faggin, as well as Italian champions like Baghetto, Nunzi, and Rossi.
The rights to manufacture frames under his name were acquired by Mario Rossin around 1982, then in the later 1980s, the Basso brothers.
Bikes from the 1970s and earlier, made by Sante himself, are highly prized by collectors. Sante passed away in 2000