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 is considered now – 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.
Most of our disc brake frames will feature a 44mm straight head tube unless otherwise requested. Typically, we’ll use flat-mount disc brakes on the front and rear but we’ll build for QRs if requested. We’re liking the disc forks from Columbus, Enve and Whiskey Parts Co. but we’ll certainly consider those from Parlee, Ritchey, Seven, 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 – including heat-treated Columbus MAX – along with plenty that aren’t.
Tranquillo – Our “skinny” tire/fast road frame, best with light tubing, no fender option.
Sterrato – Takes up to a 38mm tire or 32mm with fender, we recommend light or medium tubing.
Brutta – Bigger is Better, right? Room for up 45mm, maybe fenders, we like medium-to-stouter tubes here, will probably involve a cyclocross-ish fork.