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Aaron O
03-24-2012, 08:32 AM
I was asked to post this here, though I'm sure most are tired of seeing it by now:

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Photo0473-1.jpg

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Photo0475-1.jpg

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Photo0478-1.jpg

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Photo0481.jpg

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Photo0484.jpg

http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Photo0582.jpg

staggerwing
03-24-2012, 09:26 AM
Why yes, we are tired of seeing it...in electronic form. If memory serves, she is my size, and while not perfect, I can probably learn to live with orange. Just box it real nice, and send it my way so the fine folks on this forum aren't distracted any further. I will ride it in peace, only on sunny days.

AgilisMerlin
03-24-2012, 09:34 AM
i have never seen a seat lug like that.

so many details

jchasse
03-24-2012, 09:46 AM
Really nice looking bike. I kinda like the classic silver bits with the Super Record stuff.

Aaron O
03-24-2012, 12:18 PM
Thanks folks...I like it myself :D

I really like the blend of modern parts where it counts and classic parts where it's mostly aesthetic (post, stem). I THINK that's a standard MAX seatlug, but could be mistaken.

Climb01742
03-24-2012, 07:51 PM
no matter how many times you see it, that beauty never gets old.

54ny77
03-24-2012, 11:27 PM
bravo! :hello:

Fixed
03-25-2012, 05:31 AM
Looks fantastic
Cheers

BumbleBeeDave
03-25-2012, 05:55 AM
Just--Wow. Nothing else to say.

:banana:

BBD

gomango
03-25-2012, 07:30 AM
Aaron,

You know I love that bike.

I just have to figure out a way to get you and your wife out here to the prairie for a ride and visit one of these years.

Ps The new Kvale is turning out great. Waiting for the new Veloflex Master 23s I ordered and she'll be good to go.

Aaron O
03-25-2012, 07:51 AM
Aaron,

You know I love that bike.

I just have to figure out a way to get you and your wife out here to the prairie for a ride and visit one of these years.

Ps The new Kvale is turning out great. Waiting for the new Veloflex Master 23s I ordered and she'll be good to go.

That definitely has to happen gomango! I can't wait to see the Kvale...your other Kvales have looked superb.

slotcar55
12-27-2012, 01:55 PM
I do not think we ever get tired of seeing a bike like this!
beautiful Campagnolo mounting !!

best wishes from your Italian friends

Steve in SLO
12-27-2012, 10:21 PM
Oh Gawd...that beautiful bike again...

AgilisMerlin
12-27-2012, 11:04 PM
stunning, simply just

check these out,

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/271/marnati1gl5.jpg

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/407/marnati2dc2.jpg

http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/3609/marnatilugbo3.jpg

http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/6724/marnatilugs2na7.jpg

http://www.eroicacicli.com/blog/daniele-marnati-milano/

http://www.eroicacicli.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/IMG_7601-1024x682.jpg

http://www.eroicacicli.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/IMG_7605-1024x682.jpg

http://www.eroicacicli.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/IMG_7593-1024x682.jpg

http://www.eroicacicli.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/IMG_7595-1024x682.jpg

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bdc-forum.it%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D67894%26langid%3D1

http://www.bike-board.net/community/photoalbum/data/500/medium/DSC00260.JPG


http://www.mtb-forum.it/community/photoalbum/data/500/medium/scritta.JPG

Aaron O
12-28-2012, 06:46 AM
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad205/aolk67/Marnati/photo-45.jpg


Being in his shop was an incredible experience - and one made even better by Slot Car above.

One interesting thing about this bike was acquiring it...I don't think I've ever told the full story.

Slot car and Polyglot (I think that's his name on this forum) had facilitated the purchase and translated between Daniele and I. Prior to leaving, Polyglot even informed me that there would be a surprise waiting for me, which I had quite forgotten about in the midst of weddings, Rome, etc. Slot Car even generously bumped himself back in the wait so that mine could be finished on time. I was in Italy for our honeymoon and Milan was the last city on the itinerary...by the time we got there, we were exhausted.

The morning of pick up arrived...we were to meet Slot Car at Daniele's to finish the deal. Like in all great stories, we had to face adversity. The stakes were high - taking home a BEAUTIFUL Marnati. We woke up and left early to accommodate potential problems. First stop? ATM!

The first ATM we went to was out of order, of course it only stated out of order after standing in line for 15 minutes. we hustled to another...out of order! The third? Score! My wife's card was rejected because of maximums exceeded. It wouldn't go through. We tried my card...it kept saying wrong password. We were running out of time and in danger of being late, so we jumped on the metro...where we were given bad information and went to the wrong stop.

This was beginning to have all the signs of an ordeal, but like brave Odysseus, I soldiered on. We got to the right stop - and couldn't get a cab. This one didn't know the street, the next wanted a longer fare...after hearing multiple people not know the street, we used an internet cafe and google maps. We supplied nearby major streets and we were off! They dropped us off a couple of blocks away and we went every possible wrong direction before finding his shop, but we'd arrived!

By leaving very early, we actually got there right on time (we even made it there before Slot car) but we still had the problem of how to pay for it. Daniele did not strike me as someone who would be able to take credit cards, but we figured we'd work it out. Sure enough, my worst fears were realized, no credit. I thought maybe one of the other local shops might be able to assist...or that there would be a nearby ATM. We found that, generally, Italy had fewer ATMs than the states, especially once one was off the beaten path. In the middle of this worry, I spotted an orange frame hanging on the wall...could this be mine? Whose else would it be? And it was MAX!!!

Slotcar pulled up on his very Italian extra large scooter and we began final arrangements...payment was indeed an issue. No one could take paypal or credit and no nearby ATMs. The two cards we had were ineffective thus far. Slotcar rode me on the back of a scooter to the closest bank...about 10 minutes away. I waited in line, fear spreading through my nervous system. The moment arrived and I was armed with 4 cards! The first was my wife's...we were close to the 24 hour reset. No dice. We tried two others...not prepared for international transactions. Finally I went back to mine, which had not worked before. Sure enough, password rejected. WHY????? I tried it three times...no. It was too late to reach customer service and Slotcar was on a break from work...I had to hurry. As a hail mary/divine inspiration, I tried just using the first four digits of my password. Why did I try that? I don't know...and the agnostic side of me fears such questions. PAYOFF!!! Money oozed out of the machine like snakes in an Indiana Jones movie. VICTORY!

We returned on the scooter, which was extremely enjoyable in and of itself. I proudly paid my balance, much to everyone's relief. We toured the work space, examined the many fine bicycles, Marnati and others, that adorned the walls and Daniele even took me into the workshop where my beauty had been built. The surprise was a matching orange silca pump...courtesy of Slotcar. Daniele wrapped it and, regretfully, we departed.

The story is almost over...we got to the airport for our return home and the large box had to go through an x-ray machine...where confused workers saw a series of pipes that did not resemble a bicycle any more than they resembled something more ominous. Lack of easy communication didn't help, but after being wanded, we all finally managed to get comfortable with me flying. I returned home with my dream bicycle...and the end result is above.

Ployglot and Slotcar have my eternal thanks - two more generous, kind men you will not find.

AgilisMerlin
12-28-2012, 08:48 AM
holy crap, what an ordeal. diVine :D

Aaron O
12-28-2012, 10:05 AM
:beer:

It was definitely an adventure, but the gold treasure at journey's end was well worth the trouble. If you are fortunate enough to have people like Polyglot and Slotcar touch your lives, you have a lot to be grateful for. I can also say that my Marnati was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

Another funny story...I grew up racing 52-53cm frames and had moved on to 54-55cm by the time I began ordering the Marnati. Daniele took a LOT of things into account that other builders and coaches had never asked me about - foot size, arm length, shoulder width. Daniele concluded that I should be on a larger frame...56cm. That seemed too large to me and I said 55 seems more my speed. We agreed on 55. When I saw the frame, it looked large to me...and I was nervous. I measured it when I got home and, sure enough, the sneaky bugger made it at 56cm, if not a hair larger. I was worried.

My stable changed a great deal since that purchase and almost all of my bikes skew larger now - 55 - 56cm. The moral of the story is that an Italian builder with decades of experience knows a lot more about frames and geometry than I do...it's easily the most comfortable bike I own over distance.

Polyglot
12-28-2012, 10:28 AM
:beer:

It was definitely an adventure, but the gold treasure at journey's end was well worth the trouble. If you are fortunate enough to have people like Polyglot and Slotcar touch your lives, you have a lot to be grateful for. I can also say that my Marnati was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

Another funny story...I grew up racing 52-53cm frames and had moved on to 54-55cm by the time I began ordering the Marnati. Daniele took a LOT of things into account that other builders and coaches had never asked me about - foot size, arm length, shoulder width. Daniele concluded that I should be on a larger frame...56cm. That seemed too large to me and I said 55 seems more my speed. We agreed on 55. When I saw the frame, it looked large to me...and I was nervous. I measured it when I got home and, sure enough, the sneaky bugger made it at 56cm, if not a hair larger. I was worried.

My stable changed a great deal since that purchase and almost all of my bikes skew larger now - 55 - 56cm. The moral of the story is that an Italian builder with decades of experience knows a lot more about frames and geometry than I do...it's easily the most comfortable bike I own over distance.

I can vouch for the fact that Aaron was very nervous when I told him the frame dimensions that Daniele was going to use. Another cool story involves the Max tubing. For those that are not fully aware of the Max tubeset, it features tubing that is ovally oblong at one end, transitions to cylindrical in the center and then transitions to ovally oblong at a 90 angle to the first ovally oblong section. Since Aaron had not yet decided how he was going to build up the frame (with compact or traditional chainset) , I had suggested that he not get a braze-on front derailleur mount, saying a collar-mount would give him more options. It was only later that it dawned upon Aaron that the non-cylindrical tubing might create problems for fitting the front derailleur. Aaron and I discussed possible work-arounds. Then during one of my discussions with Slotcar, I mentioned our "supposed" predicament. Half an hour later, news comes back from Daniele that he had cut the seattube in such a way that a cylindrical part would fall right in the range of either a compact or traditional front derailleur. When Aaron checked it out, Daniele was true to his word and there was the possibility to fit either compact or traditional chainset. It is good to have a framebuilder working for you with sufficient experience that he will think of potential problems without needing to be prodded to think about them, and will build accordingly.

Aaron O
12-28-2012, 10:35 AM
I can vouch for the fact that Aaron was very nervous when I told him the frame dimensions that Daniele was going to use. Another cool story involves the Max tubing. For those that are not fully aware of the Max tubeset, it features tubing that is ovally oblong at one end, transitions to cylindrical in the center and then transitions to ovally oblong at a 90 angle to the first ovally oblong section. Since Aaron had not yet decided how he was going to build up the frame (with compact or traditional chainset) , I had suggested that he not get a braze-on front derailleur mount, saying a collar-mount would give him more options. It was only later that it dawned upon Aaron that the non-cylindrical tubing might create problems for fitting the front derailleur. Aaron and I discussed possible work-arounds. Then during one of my discussions with Slotcar, I mentioned our "supposed" predicament. Half an hour later, news comes back from Daniele that he had cut the seattube in such a way that a cylindrical part would fall right in the range of either a compact or traditional front derailleur. When Aaron checked it out, Daniele was true to his word and there was the possibility to fit either compact or traditional chainset. It is good to have a framebuilder working for you with sufficient experience that he will think of potential problems without needing to be prodded to think about them, and will build accordingly.

I forgot about that! So much worry over nothing.

If the day comes where I need/want another custom...it will be a Marnati; the entire experience was so wonderful and I really liked the man as a person.

waypastfast
01-29-2013, 01:29 PM
WOW that is all I can say!! :)

Gaucho410
02-06-2013, 02:38 PM
Can't get enough of that orange.