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Italian-made singlespeed is a head turner

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.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.

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Coleman [335 posts] 3 years ago
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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!

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benb [79 posts] 3 years ago
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It comes with mounts for the optional brakes

Optional?  39

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jollygoodvelo [1400 posts] 3 years ago
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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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wild man [297 posts] 3 years ago
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if you think those pictures are pretty, look at their website.  13

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Nick T [913 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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crazy-legs [733 posts] 3 years ago
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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...

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mingmong [257 posts] 3 years ago
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Really beautiful. And, probably easy to carry.

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Mat Brett [616 posts] 3 years ago
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benb wrote:
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It comes with mounts for the optional brakes

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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.

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pwake [374 posts] 3 years ago
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wild man wrote:

if you think those pictures are pretty, look at their website.  13

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

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BigDummy [314 posts] 3 years ago
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Want.

Chiefly because it is

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probably easy to carry

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Simon_MacMichael [2448 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Rob Simmonds [251 posts] 3 years ago
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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.  26

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Ghedebrav [1100 posts] 3 years ago
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Belt-driven bonkersness. Italians, eh?

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TheHatter [770 posts] 3 years ago
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oi mate your seat tubes fallen off...

and yer ugly

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mbrads72 [171 posts] 3 years ago
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I'm guessing that's 8kg (17.6lb)

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mrpt5 [62 posts] 3 years ago
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Love it

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CraigS [129 posts] 3 years ago
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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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WolfieSmith [1317 posts] 3 years ago
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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....  39

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Coleman [335 posts] 3 years ago
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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....  39

You're doing it wrong.