New CasatiJune 1, 2010
Finally getting around to posting details of my latest project. A Casati steel road bike with riser bars and 9 speed cassette. The geometry is a little tight and I need to work out some creaks in the bottom bracket, but it’s a soft, swift ride. In the last five years I’ve grown to loath my 15 year old Mongoose aluminum hybrid but it was a good winter/utility/beater bike with fenders and a rack. This Casati was supposed to replace that one along with my old road bike, but once I got started I couldn’t resist the bling. I’ll eventually have to stick fenders and a rack on this one since I get caught in the rain a lot and I often need to carry a case of beer or two.
More pictures after the jump with some component details and final cost.
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The black seatpost is already gone. It takes a 27.0 size which is harder to find but was able to get a nice chrome Thompson Elite from eBay for under $45.
I got the frame and Chris King headset from a guy in Philly for $300. There was no matching fork so I picked up a generic straight chrome fork from the shop in West Philly for $60 and the Columbus decals on eBay.
At first I was really turned off by the disco paint job but its grown on me. This “made in Italy” tag is actually part of the paint! Looks like a peel off sticker to me.
Its got beautiful chrome lugs, but strangely only in the front as you can see in the following picture. I had the polished titanium Ibis stem from my Trek OCLV which I also tore apart and have to sell.
I’ve always loved cheapy Oury grips and I think the clear color looks good on the Origin8 Urban Rise bars.
I also love the polished machined aluminum Real levers which I pilfered from my old mountain bike. The shifters are just cheap Shimano 440.
Columbus Extra EL oversize tubing.
I posted a picture earlier of the wheels I got from Bell’s Bikes in South Philly. Velocity hubs, Velocity Aerohead machined electric blue rims, Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes, and Vittoria kevlar tires (the best flat protection I’ve ever found).
My favorite saddle is Selle Italia Flite. This color clashes a bit with the frame so I need a blue one, which is hard to find.
It also has Dura Ace brakes and derailers (eBay) and Ultegra cranks (craigslist). I built all of it myself except the fork and cable install (Trophy Bikes).
Total price, including labor and even the tubes: $1509.
It should last me 20 years. Well worth it.