Rizoma's new 77|011 urban bike

Italian-made singlespeed is a head turner

by Mat Brett   November 14, 2012  

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Wow! The new 77|011 metropolitan bike from Italian brand Rizoma is a bit of a head turner.

With the lack of a seat tube and a down tube that morphs right into the chainstays, it’s one of the most distinctive bikes we’ve seen on road.cc in ages, and Rizoma are up-front about the fact that this bike is as much about style as it is about technology.

They say, “Elegance and harmony make the metropolitan bike more than just a means of travel, but rather a work of design and a declaration of an esthetic and existential philosophy.”

Blimey!

The frame is carbon fibre – you could have guessed that, right? – while much of the rest of the bike is machined from billet aluminium. That handlebar/stem, for example, is billet aluminium while the saddle is a combination of billet aluminium and carbon.

The 77|011 uses a belt-drive system rather than a traditional chain, and you can run it either fixed or as a singlespeed (with a freewheel) – it’s a flip-flop hub so you can swap between them. It comes with mounts for the optional brakes that are included but not fitted.

The bike is available in just one size. The saddle is adjustable between 91cm and 96cm – from the ground rather than from the bottom bracket, obviously – and that’s yer lot. If the best height for you isn’t in that 5cm band, hard luck, you have to like it or lump it. Rizoma aren’t claiming this is the most adjustable bike in the world because... well, it just ain’t, is it?

The handlebar width is 54cm and the wheelbase is 97cm. Rizoma reckon it weighs in at 8kg (17.6lb).

We haven’t got a clue what the 77|011 rides like – we’ve not been near one. We just thought you might like a look at the pretty pictures when you should be working.

The 77|011 is made in Italy and it’s available in both shiny carbon and matt white at a cost of €3,700 (about £2,970 on today’s exchange rate).

That mirror on the end of the handlebar, by the way, is called the Spy-R and it’s available in both silver and black to buy as an accessory for €79 (around £63). You can fit it to the opposite end of the handlebar for riding in the UK. Again, it’s made from billet aluminium, and you can fold it in if you need to.

For more info go to www.rizoma77011.com.

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"We just thought you might like a look at the pretty pictures when you should be working."

Spot on. What a looker!

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
14th November 2012 - 17:35

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It comes with mounts for the optional brakes

Optional? Thinking

posted by benb [49 posts]
14th November 2012 - 17:49

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I think there was an old Bianchi in the 70s that was a similar 'art deco aero' shape. Beautiful.

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posted by Gizmo_ [869 posts]
14th November 2012 - 17:50

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if you think those pictures are pretty, look at their website. Surprise

posted by wild man [282 posts]
14th November 2012 - 17:50

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3 grand is a lot to drop on a novelty bike though eh, it's like buying a 3 wheeled Ferrari.

posted by Nick T [814 posts]
14th November 2012 - 17:52

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My road bike weighs a lot less than that and it's got optional extras like a seat tube and gears and brakes...

posted by crazy-legs [519 posts]
14th November 2012 - 18:19

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Really beautiful. And, probably easy to carry.

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posted by mingmong [195 posts]
14th November 2012 - 18:22

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benb wrote:
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It comes with mounts for the optional brakes

Optional? Thinking

You don't have to fit them - although obviously they're a requirement if you want to be road legal in the UK. But if you can afford to spend three grand on a bike like this, maybe you'll just ride it around your private country estate or something.

posted by Mat Brett [1887 posts]
14th November 2012 - 18:37

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wild man wrote:
if you think those pictures are pretty, look at their website. Surprise

Definitely worth a look. Was the bike on there? I can't recall!!

posted by pwake [294 posts]
14th November 2012 - 19:16

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Want.

Chiefly because it is

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probably easy to carry
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Cool

posted by BigDummy [288 posts]
14th November 2012 - 19:22

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Mat Brett wrote:
But if you can afford to spend three grand on a bike like this, maybe you'll just ride it around your private country estate or something.

Don't be silly.

This is more of a bike to keep at one's Belgravia pied a terre.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8116 posts]
14th November 2012 - 19:52

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Doesn't this missing tube design get recycled every year or so?

...and the Pashley Parabike has the same swoopy downtube-chainstay and that's a design that goes back to the 40s. Nerd

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posted by Rob Simmonds [251 posts]
14th November 2012 - 21:24

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Belt-driven bonkersness. Italians, eh?

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posted by Ghedebrav [1098 posts]
14th November 2012 - 21:39

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oi mate your seat tubes fallen off...

and yer ugly

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posted by TheHatter [810 posts]
14th November 2012 - 22:17

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I'm guessing that's 8kg (17.6lb)

posted by mbrads72 [121 posts]
14th November 2012 - 22:27

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Love it

posted by mrpt5 [54 posts]
14th November 2012 - 22:33

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I'd be scared riding an all white bike around London in case people thought I'd nicked a ghost bike!

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posted by CraigS [135 posts]
14th November 2012 - 23:12

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As I hear the occasional reverb of my left jeans leg rubbing on the back wheel when I free wheel, I wonder how long it would take to jam said jeans in the gap where the seat tube should be and go A over T.... Thinking

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1059 posts]
14th November 2012 - 23:34

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MercuryOne wrote:
As I hear the occasional reverb of my left jeans leg rubbing on the back wheel when I free wheel, I wonder how long it would take to jam said jeans in the gap where the seat tube should be and go A over T.... Thinking

You're doing it wrong.

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
15th November 2012 - 14:15

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