Around 10 months ago I was without a road bike. I wanted something different, something steel, and got a pretty good deal on a 2020 Cinelli Vigorelli Road. Since the bike was OTP, I changed as much as I could quickly finding out how shit stock parts are (only the second bike I bought brand new.) So originally I was going to start a CP thread for the Cinelli but the bike never truly felt right.
Then I got thinking about the next bike. At the end of the day I want a good looking bike. I ride a fair amount but nothing too crazy. So it also needs to be comfortable and ride relatively fast. I probably should've just gone back to a carbon race bike but that felt boring. Not to mention I can't stand the aesthetics of modern aero and dick brakes. Well I really miss my sparkly keirin bike but fixed wasn't practical. A custom road frame from a Japanese builder has been a dream for the last 5 years but an unrealistic one at the moment. Then I started thinking about Rychtarski. But wait, what if I build this mad custom steel bike and I don't end up liking it. Better try something out first in case things don't work out.
and then I saw the Rossin -
yeah it's mad, blue paint with green / gold flakes. Looks mostly green but really depends on angle. Proper photos are required to do it justice, see build here https://www.lfgss.com/comments/13329208/
Columbus SLX tubing, unique bb shell. Campagnolo Chorus 8 Speed. Mavic MA3 rims on Campag hubs. Modolo bars and stem. Old kalloy aero seatpost. Stamped 56cm. Condition isn't too bad either.
Quickly changed saddle, tried to get my position roughly correct and went out for 30 mins. I think the size works. Groupset was fine actually, I'm considering keeping it for now but I might have to change the chainset to accommodate my power meter. Stem length needs to change and I would love a Cinelli Grammo but probably will settle for a 1A, open to suggestions on quill stems. Bars are too wide and not keen on the shape. This was my first time riding a classic drop? with the shifters lower down on the bars. I think it looks better on this frame vs compact drops with shimano shifters. My wrists were angled down more than I'm used to, so I'll have to experiment with that. I use a Selle SMP so seatpost will probably be a silver Thomson elite. Pedals will be changed to speedplays. King cages going on too. Wheels are a tough one, I would love Shamal tubs or a modern equivalent (if that exists?) I have some 40mm carbon tubs but I think black rims might look wrong with every other component being silver.
That's all I can think of for now, any input is appreciated. This bike deserves a solid build and to be ridden properly. More to come soon.
That is lovely! I've got one of these in need of a respray and this was the paintjob I was after, or the white version...
Skinny carbon rims or ceramic/oxic and gumwalls for the win!
Thanks. Since I've been on this forum and discovering keirin bikes, I've had a thing for metal flake paint. Wasn't even aware it was done on non Japanese frames. I'm no expert in bikes from before my time (this one is likely older than me) but knowing it was a Rossin and being made from SLX meant I couldn't resist.
I haven't found many examples of the same frame online. Is this the white one you meant? I wonder how difficult it would be to accurately reproduce the paint scheme.
As for wheels, I would love a pair of 20mm carbon rims, laced to silver spokes. Not entirely sure about gumwalls, I was thinking of playing safe with black, same for saddle and bar tape. Maybe a strong yellow like veloflex?
Originally wanted to go with silver stem and post. Since I have some carbon wheels, I thought I'd try black. The 3ttt bars came with the stem and are better than the Modolo bars but now thinking of going for compact bars so I don't compromise my position.
I'm thinking black would work, ideally having silver spokes to offset the rims and match the chromed parts, headset etc
Love the hints of pink, blue and purple flake on the Rossin logo.
Pretty much my all time favourite paint job the white/flicked black Rossin finish. The green / sparkle looks great though too. Lovely frames Rossin - good luck with finishing this one off.
This is the white version I was after -
And here is my project thread - https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/356712/
Also can I add a firm 1st dibs on yours if you ever consider selling it! Dream frame 👌
That is a handsome bike.
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