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Old 09-10-11, 07:48 AM
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Mondonico?

Any opinions on modern Mondonico steel frames? I'm looking for a new frame. I have an early '80s lugged Mondo, but I want the better properties of modern steel alloys.

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Old 09-11-11, 12:29 PM
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Are you confusing steel tubing choice with great frame building?
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Old 09-12-11, 09:03 AM
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No, I'm not, rather I'm looking for the best of both. Great Mondonico construction, using Spirit. But I want to know if anyone has experience with the product as made after 2005, and can tell me how they ride, if they are still pinned, and if they compare well today to Cinelli steel and the few other modern Italian steel frames. Mine was made in the early '80s by Antonio Mondonico. But he retired in 2005, 6 years ago. The company today is different.

Torelli still lists Mondonico built with Spirit, but has zero notes on how they are built - we could be talking about a Chinese frame for all they say, or subcontracted to the new, lowest price builder on the block.
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Then find a local builder who has experience with Spirit frames and support your economy. There are tons of small builders in the US that do some amazing work. Check out the Velocipede Salon forums for a sampling of some of them. They post "smoke outs" where they share their stories. I've heard some good stuff about the guy that teaches this course in Niles, Michigan

https://ninelittletubes.wordpress.com...iles-michigan/
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You should definitely contact Torelli and ask them. They should be helpful. If they are going to Interbike this week you may have to wait a week.
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Familiar with him - huge lead time, at least as of a few years ago.

And honestly, we don't have many builders in Michigan, and Niles is not exactly what I'd call local. If I'm not going local, I have a lot of options. The next on the list actually is a cross and MTB specialist, and it's not what I want.

You ride carbon? How about local carbon? How about local gruppos and tires?
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You ride carbon? How about local carbon? How about local gruppos and tires?
Actually, I was considering IF and Serotta, which are both semi-local but couldn't afford their carbon. I suggested local because it's sometimes nice to be able to swing by the shop. My apologies for attempting to help. Next time I'll just say HTFU or something.
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Mondonico ?? do you mean Mandingo?
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I thought I had heard one of Mondonico's sons was taking over and on the Torelli site it says "family" but nothing more specific.

https://www.torelli.com/frames/mondon...el/spirit.html
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One of my best friends rides a Mondonico. He loves it. Classic looking ride. Great lines and top tube signed by the master. But it weighs a lot. My friend calls his bike "a ton of fun".
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My 198x is Columbus, probably SL. With a Campy Al 10 speed group-, it built up to about 20.5# with a 1500 g wheelset and a leather saddle. Their steel will be heavier than modern carbon, but I expect it to build around 18#. That's fine for me.

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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Actually, I was considering IF and Serotta, which are both semi-local but couldn't afford their carbon. I suggested local because it's sometimes nice to be able to swing by the shop. My apologies for attempting to help. Next time I'll just say HTFU or something.
My apologies, as well, I was a little harsh. But it does get frustrating to ask a question seriously, and have all kinds of people who do not have what I'm looking for tell me I should just be looking for something else.

But HTFU works in a pinch!
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Wow, did I just see apologies in 41? Holy Smokes!!!!
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
Mondonico ?? do you mean Mandingo?
??? never heard of it. Antonio Mondonico is a recently retired builder, third generation, of Italian racing frames.
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Wow, did I just see apologies in 41? Holy Smokes!!!!
I can tell you I'm not a regular here, fwiw. Can't say about eippo1.
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heres a little info https://www.smartcycles.com/about_mondonico.htm I have a Mondonico, great frame, its early 90's lugged ,columbus steel,been hangin in the rafters for a while (riding carbon now)... I can't comment on the newer ones ...FWIW you might post your question over @ serotta forums or velocipede salon
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