Back in the year 2000 we started making bicycles upon which one could enjoy riding on gravel roads or use as a commuter bike and we’re quite happy with how they’ve been working out. But technology and tastes march ever-onward: what was seen then as a noble end-point then is considered – by some – to be laughably inadequate now. Bigger tires, stronger brakes, electronic shifting, better frames and wheels – there are so many options now that didn’t exist back in Y2K (remember THAT mess?) and we’re embracing many of them now.
Granted, big tires are great on rough roads but bombing sketchy descents and riding in the rain all make slowing the beast more difficult. Enter disc brakes, which have improved drastically over those from even a few years ago, and we’re now ready to give a frame sporting them its own moniker.
With little further ado we are pleased to present Il Mostro – The Monster. From 700c x 25 up to 700c x 44 – including 650B x 48 – we can build the frame for the tire size of your aggregate-crushing dreams.
Our welded steel frames use a tapered 34/44mm (ID) head tube, carbon and titanium get a 44mm straight head tube. Most frames will use flat-mount disc mounts on the front and rear but exceptions may happen. We’re liking the disc forks from Enve but we’ll certainly consider those from Columbus, Parlee, Ritchey, Seven, Whiskey, etc. and we can even make our own from steel.
Frame tubes will be selected for the weight of the rider and for the style of riding involved. We can use any of the tubes specced on our current models along with plenty that aren’t.
Tranquillo – Our “skinny” tire/fast road frame, best with light tubing, uses Enve Road fork, takes up to 32mm tires, no fender option.
Sterrato – Takes up to a 38mm tire or 32mm with fender, uses Enve Gravel road fork, we recommend light or medium tubing.
Brutta – Bigger is Better, right? Room for up 45mm, maybe fenders, choice of rim brakes if discs don’t get you excited, we like medium-to-stouter tubes here, will probably involve a cyclocross-ish fork.