As soon as I heard the word cromovelata, my eyes lit up… Finally the right opportunity to try this finish. This bike synthesizes well the Palo Alto Bikes philosophy: a balanced mix of old school and modern times, steel and composites, light and dark. Assembled from scratch from just a picture, the bike features a Columbus “Brain” frame, Shimano 105 group set and Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheel, all enclosed in 8.4 kg.
“A Rossin deserves a special treatment”, that’s what I thought when this old frame was brought to me to became a blue and chrome bike. New chrome plating, pearl paint, wheels built from scratch and partly new and partly restored components. A “Volare” Cinelli saddle and matching Rossin decals complete this single speed.
Red Single Speed
“I want it red” for the rest I had free hand. For the frame I chose a Columbus “Extra EL”, light but at the same time stiff. To give it a pistard look, the supports of the bottle holder were welded and chain stay, lugs and fork were chromed. Few finl touches: 32mm aluminum rims, a quick-release Affix rear hub, Bullhorn handlebar and a fantastic “Concor” San Marco saddle.