Since I first wrote about Cinelli and Columbus a couple of weeks ago, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to contact the former directly and see what they were up to over in Italy. To my surprise I was answered first by their head engineer, Fabrizio Aghito, who passed me onto Paolo Bailetti, former pro rider and guy behind the ‘racy’ feel of the Nemo, according to this video.
After a few backs and forths I learned that I could get a custom frame built at the factory in Milan, and maybe even take a tour of the place after doing a professional fit, if I got myself over there. They aren’t doing any of that right now, of course. If you want custom, you fill out a measurements form and go from there.
We had a few more things to talk about, but essentially that’s where I am right now. I guess the next important question is what color I need? Here’s their palette, so you can see my dilemma.
And a few built-up bikes to visualize a little better.
I’m far from pulling any triggers here, since 44|5 still officially has no tour season, but it’s a fun project to work on if you don’t take it too seriously…which I fear I’m about to do.
Any thoughts on aesthetics out there?