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Sarto Rovigo

Sarto have been hand-making frames in Italy for about 50 years. Initially steel, now carbon. Up until a few years ago, all of their output was under contract for other Italian bike companies - recently they began selling bikes under their own Sarto brand. The story I received directly from Sarto is this - however, details of the frame do make me wonder as to its truth... "This frame was made about 30 years ago, under contract for a Spanish racing team, but the client folded before shipping and the frames sat only primed in their factory until this year. They were found and painted up as a modern Sarto."

Frame:
Sarto Rovigo 56cm (Red)

Fork/Headset:
Sarto Steel Road Fork (Red), Miche 1" External Headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
SRAM S550 175mm (Black), Truvativ GXP

Pedals:
Look Keo Classic (Grey)

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
SRAM Rival 50-36T Compact, SRAM PG 1050 10-Speed 11-26 Casette, SRAM PC1051 10-Speed Chain

Derailleurs/Shifters:
SRAM Rival RD, SRAM Rival Shifters, Shimano 105 FD

Handlebars/Stem:
FSA Omega Compact 40cm (Black), 3T ARX Team Stem 90mm 17 deg (Black)

Saddle/Seatpost:
Fi'zi:k Arione CX (White), Planet X Superlight Team 3D Forged Alloy Seatpost (Black)

Brakes:
SRAM Rival

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Shimano Ultegra 6700 (Black), Challenge Forte Open Tubular 700x23

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Shimano Ultegra 6700 (Black), Challenge Forte Open Tubular 700x23

Accessories:
FSA Bottle Cages x2, Lezyne Road Drive

Bike History

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

  1. Initial
  2. New stem, etc
  3. New bars, saddle
  4. Shimano FD, Lezyne Pump
  5. Ultegra Wheelset

Current Stage Info:

Ultegra wheels, new bottle cages

Added by jadias. Last updated over 4 years ago.

As of almost 5 years ago, jadias has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

16 Comments

sloman

sloman says:

Eye candy fursur! Red bikes rock. There were so many small Italian builders building special orders for the bigger names. Interesting tubing,any idea what kind?

Posted over 4 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

The exact name escapes me but it was a mid-range Columbus set. I'll try to find out again.

Posted over 4 years ago

pitanu

pitanu says:

Can you tell me how you managed a 10 speed gear with a 120 mm hub spacing?

Posted almost 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

It's not 120mm! :)

Posted almost 6 years ago

Average_Joe

Average_Joe says:

Cool bike man, thinking of getting one of these frames my self, just wondering what you think of it?

Posted about 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

Wonderful frame. I'm at about 4500km on her already and every single one has been a pleasure.

Posted about 6 years ago

Calaban

Calaban says:

Nice ride. I just build up a Sarto Rovigo myself and I found that story interesting - that they were originally made for a Spanish team. Do you have any more details or a reference?
Thanks

Posted about 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

I emailed Sarto and they replied with the full story. So it's straight from the horse's mouth! :)

Posted about 6 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

Proper!

Posted over 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

Thanks! :)

Posted over 6 years ago

Ewwyou

Ewwyou says:

Actually heading to Kyoto tomorrow! Got any tips?

Posted over 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

Going on a ride (early!) if you have your bike and fancy in ;)

Otherwise I can suggest some temples and stuff. Cherry blossoms are in full swing!

Posted over 6 years ago

alex-g

alex-g says:

i like that you didnt get a carbon fork and kept it original, carbon forks are nice and all but really only matter for weight weenies. steel is real! hope you have many good rides to come on this beauty

Posted over 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

Thanks again! I have nearly 1000km on it already - it took me through the Rapha Festive 500 (completed in about 5 days). It took some abuse! I'll upload a pic of it after a particularly filthy ride...

Posted over 6 years ago

alex-g

alex-g says:

holy hell this is beautiful

Posted over 6 years ago

jadias

jadias says:

Thanks man. It rides like a dream, too. I'll get some proper photos up soon - just playing with fit at the moment.

Posted over 6 years ago