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my custom fitting with antonio mondonico(4 posts)

my custom fitting with antonio mondonicorufus
Oct 3, 2003 8:04 AM
a couple weeks ago, i was fitted for a new mondonico frame, hand-built in italy by antonio and mauro mondonico. as they have done for the past few years, bill mcgann of torelli imports, and the mondonicos, went on a tour of select dealers in the US, measuring people for custom torelli or mondonico frames, and signing current owners bikes or whatever.

as i expected, because of my short legs, i needed a frame that was a bit smaller than my current one, but with the same length toptube. antonio measured me, then had sit on the shop owners bike, a 52cm serotta, to see how i would look on that size. i expected to feel very cramped up, but it fit perfectly, for i was to discover after that his was also custom fit, with a longer toptube than normal. antonio looked me over a bit, had me get off, and then took some measurements of the bike, toptube and stem, etc. ultimately, i'm ending up with a 52cm mondonico with a 54.5cm toptube, one centimeter longer than stock. my current bar and stem measurements turned out to be sppot-on, which i was pleased to discover, managing not to be embarassed i front of a master framebuilder.

i'm getting a mondonico el-os, but instead of the monostay seat stays the stock frame has, bill and mauro both felt that i would be better off with the stays fastbacked just below the seat lug. it would make the rear end stiffer and more solid for my size.

all in all, it was a great experience, and i can't wait to get my new frame. hopefully they'll be back this way next year so i can get them to sign my bike as well.

here's a picture i took of, left to right, bill mcgann, mauro mondonico, and antonio mondonico signing my torelli jersey for me:
re: my custom fitting with antonio mondonicomacalu
Oct 3, 2003 9:14 AM
You name-dropper, you. Congrats on the new bike. Let us know how you like it.
re: my custom fitting with antonio mondonicoMShaw
Oct 3, 2003 9:20 AM
I ride about the same size you do. My solution was a Bontrager Road Lite, a Specialized S-Works, a Kona Jake the Snake, and a Custom track bike. (I should be riding a 47x55cm bike, but most of mine are 54.5cm TTs...)

I've found that if you look, you can find stock geometry that'll fit you just fine.

But that doesn't get you a cusom Mondonico either!

Make sure you post pics when you've gotten it built.

i was looking to get a mondonico anywayrufus
Oct 3, 2003 9:37 AM
the chance to get it custom fit was just the icing on the cake.