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Custom 650c Marinoni Pista

I'm 5'6 with shoes on, so most frames have one three problems for me (1) top tube and reach is slightly too long even with a short stem, (2) they just say 'fuck it' and give a short top tube that results in toe-overlap, no fun when riding fixed, (3) they make a frame with a stupidly steep seat tube that gives you bad positioning for pedaling and then a super slack head tube. Marinoni was able to do a full custom job with Columbus Zona Megatube including a carbon fork and headset for under a grand, so went down that road and gave them my own geometry specs for a 650c build. From the start, this bike was function before style, though I figured it couldn't look too bad with chromed stays and the "eclipse" paint color. The sloping top tube gives me the stack height I need while keeping the standover pretty low (around 29.5" / 748mm). Effective top tube: 508mm Seat tube: 460mm C-C or 490mm C-T STA: 74.5 HTA: 73.3 Head tube: 153mm Chainstays: 365mm Wheelbase: 910mm Trail: 62mm with the supplied 30mm rake track fork, but 57mm using the 35mm rake Litespeed fork pictured. So on the faster-handling side. No toe-over lap, no goofy geometry, feels great, and the tiny wheelbase seems able to cut very tight turns with pretty little input (smaller turning radius)

Frame:
Custom 650c Marinoni Pista

Fork/Headset:
Litespeed 650c / FSA Orbit X

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sugino 75 / Phil Wood 110.5mm ISO

Pedals:
Wellgo V12 Copy

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Phil Wood 15T & 14T / 44RN 47T / Izumi V

Derailleurs/Shifters:
N/A

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto RB-002 / Dimension 80mm 17d

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle San Marco Zoncolan / Uno carbon 25mm setback

Brakes:
N/A

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Velocity A23 / DT Swiss 240 / Vittoria Rubino Pro

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Velocity A23 / Phil Wood Double-Sided High Flange Track / Vittoria Rubino Pro

Accessories:
N/A

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Stage 2

Added by skylarg. Last updated over 6 years ago.

6 Comments

Cold-as-Steel

Cold-as-Steel says:

Very cool! We're lucky to have Marinoni here.

Posted 3 months ago

B96

B96 says:

Cool custom work, I understand how you feel since im around 5' 6" as well, but I manage.

Posted over 6 years ago

skylarg

skylarg says:

I managed with a 51cm Soma Rush for two years pretty happily. I'm just leaving Montreal soon though and realized Marinoni (Montreal-based) is one of the least expensive custom builders anywhere and took the plunge. No regrets.

Posted over 6 years ago

CUMBOT

CUMBOT says:

... always wanted a marinoni steel frame but you can't get one of those in europe with reasonable pricing... lucky you...

Posted over 6 years ago

skylarg

skylarg says:

Funny, everyone on this side of the pond wants European bikes. Dosnoventa and such are blowing up.

Posted over 6 years ago

CUMBOT

CUMBOT says:

... always about the stuff you can't have, right..^^ ... no, really, i just like the steel pista with it's oversized tubing...

Posted over 6 years ago