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Do you want to see a Fango?(13 posts)

Do you want to see a Fango?hummu
Sep 7, 2002 10:39 PM
I thought the "What Do You Ride" thread was getting pretty long, and there was some discussion of this bike a little while ago so here it is.

I got this frame last year. I specified the seat tube and top tube (both 56 c-c). Marinoni measures seat tubes c-t and if I were to do it again, I think I would go for 56 c-t seat tube and 55 c-c top tube. I'd also ask for an extended head tube a la Rivendell to cut down on the spacers under the stem. I was sure, however, that I wanted under the bb cable routing. I have a mtb with top tube routing and I have had more trouble than ever with shifting in wet, muddy conditions. So under bb routing it is. I also specified fender eyelets and seat stay rack mounts just to keep the frame flexible for future use.

The frame is Columbus Zona. Carbon fork. Shifters and rear derailleur are Record 8s shifting a 7s 12x28 in the rear. Seatpost and front derailleur are Dura Ace. Cranks, bb and hubs are Ultegra. Ritchey WCS stem. Salsa Bell Lap 44 cm bars. Chris King 1 1/8 headset. Tufo Prestige 34 tubulars. MAFAC cantilevers rear, Shimano Deore XT front.

This bike is very, very fun to ride. I ride it on all the same trails I used to ride my mountainbike on and I come home with a grin ten feet wide.


Whoops! Here's the pic.hummu
Sep 7, 2002 10:41 PM
Very Sweet...Velocipedio
Sep 8, 2002 10:27 AM
Looks like the group is Athena or pointy-hooded Chorus, right? To be honest, I think Marinoni makes some of the prettiest bikes.

YOu wouldn't happen to be in Montreal, would you?
It's Record Ti 8 speed.hummu
Sep 8, 2002 4:23 PM
I'm in Calgary. And although I'm taking a break from racing this year I'd like to try to grow the sport in these parts. Anybody else reading from Calgary?

One other semi custom detail I requested was a 126 mm rear triangle spacing. Maybe I should have specified 128 to split the difference between 7s and 8/9/10s. Oh well, I have decided that I will just spread the rear triangle when I downgrade to more cogs.

I ordered 126 spacing because all of my road wheels (three sets) were/are 7s. I was using barcons at the time (two sets) and I saw no reason to change. In fact I previously had a 9s Shimano set up that never worked properly. I wished at the time that my 9s road and mountain set-up worked as good as my "obsolete" seven speed bikes. It is so satisfying to hear that hearty CHUNK when I shift up or down. The little snick on the 9s left me wondering if I had even changed gears. I also like wider spacing on off road bikes. When I want to change a gear I want a change of gears. ie I want my legs to feel a difference of more than one tooth.

I did one race on a borrowed Jake with STI and decided that I'd like to try integrated shifting. Having 7s wheels meant that I couldn't really just go out and buy a set of STI shifters. I learned (probably through Sheldon Brown) that Campy 8s would shift Shimano 7s. I hunted down a set of old shifters and tried it out. It was a little tricky setting up but I got it to work. But I ran into some problems on a group ride. One of my buds on that ride took pity on me and gave me an 8s Athena derailleur. I installed it and had perfect shifting immediatly with no finnicky set up. When a set of Record shifters and rear derailleur came available on the internet I grabbed them. So far I have five or so trail rides on them with perfect shifting.

The Fango is my third dedicated cross bike. The first was a used Vitus Futural. It came with a 105 drive train barcons and the old XT cantilevers. I raced two cross races on that one winning my first race (with a flat front for the last 500m) and finishing 5th in the provincial championships (after a rear blowout in the last 500m again, what luck). I traded the vitus frame for a modified road frame. the brand was Victory but was manufactured by Marinoni (do you know anything about this Velocipedio?). It was a great frame for what it was, but suffered from lack of clearance for the rear tire. I was running tubulars by this time, and the tubulars helped me win the provincial championship two years ago. It was a very rocky course and the leader double flatted. Then after an attack on the last lap, the next leader flatted. I like tubulars. At the start of last years season I sold the Victory. That helped pay for the Marinoni.

Future upgrades are top mount levers and I think a 38-48 or 50 chainring set-up. Anybody got a set of used IRD levers for sale?
Another viewhummu
Sep 8, 2002 5:23 PM
And another.hummu
Sep 8, 2002 5:24 PM
Stop it... STOP it!Velocipedio
Sep 9, 2002 3:01 AM
You're getting me all excited! ;)
One problem I see...triangleforge
Sep 9, 2002 8:48 AM
I think the center of gravity is WAY too low if it can stand up all by itself like that! Seriously, how did you get it to do that? ;-)

That's one beautiful bike!

You will want to bag up that spare tubie, though (he says from bitter -- and embarassingly enough, repeated -- experience); getting it too wet or gritty (kind of the point of the exercise, as your photos attest) will make the ride home a rather hair-raising experience when you mount up your spare.

It's a stick . . .hummu
Sep 9, 2002 9:29 AM
. . . poked into the crank bolt and sticking into the ground on the uphill side. I actually took the time to hide it using the image software in the front 3/4 view photo. If you look on the rear 3/4 view photo (first one I posted) you can see the stick.

Tell me about tubie bags. Do you know if the one Tufo sells (made by Jandd I think) will hold a knobbie?

Happy trails.
2 Cheap 2 Answertriangleforge
Sep 10, 2002 9:15 AM
I'm not sure about the bags, as I usually just haul around an old Conti Sprinter for a spare, and that in a plastic grocery bag. Did I mention that I'm cheap? You might want to try an e-mail to Tufo North America, though I've had very mixed luck getting them to reply.

Cheers -- and congrats again on one fine machine!
Arrrgh! quit it with the bike porn already....lonefrontranger
Sep 9, 2002 2:06 PM

seriously that is one fine rig. All that and Ergo, too. Enjoy!
Arrrgh! quit it with the bike porn already....hummu
Sep 9, 2002 5:33 PM
And this coming from the woman with the Dream Cross.
re: Do you want to see a Fango?Ash
Sep 13, 2002 12:03 PM

Can you please email me at

I'd like to correspond in detail about your experience with Marinoni and getting the frame speced custom for you

They quoted my $750 cdn for a steel frame/fork and the exchange rate comes out to be $475US which is incredible for a custom steel frame.