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Frame - Roadini

Regular price $1,300.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $1,300.00 USD
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**Looking for a 47cm Roadini -- find the last of the 2022 run here.

The Roadini is an all-around, all-weather road bike. It gives up nothing to modern extreme bikes on smooth, ideal roads, and is far better in every way when conditions are crappy. It has the classical clearances of the oldies, higher quality overall construction, is more comfortable, and rides like a Rivendell.

 Frames fit tires up to 42mm, or 38 with a fender.

Frameset comes with an FSA Duron 1" threaded headset and 26.8 Kalloy seapost.

If you’re even reading this you know that although we have a non-aggressive, peaceful coexistence with modern bikes, like modern road bikes, we still don’t have any use or respect for them. They copy one another and all make, by our values, the same mistakes:

• They’re too short (wheelbase), steep (frame angles), and jumpy.

• They make it hard to impossible to get comfortable, because they don’t allow you to raise the handlebars up where they should be. They assume that it’s more important for you to ride leaned over like a racer than to be comfortable (and efficient).

• They limit your tires to too-skinny. Gravel bikes are an exception, but road bikes, no.

• They are increasingly bland-looking and electronic. They’re generally dark gray or black, with detail-less joints and barely legible and unattractive graphics.

• They’re made of a material that is light but brittle, that fails often and suddenly, that at best has a practical lifespan of 6 years, and is unrecyclable.

The Roadini fixes each of these. It’s longer in the wheelbase, and more stable and safe because of it. You’re safer on any road and at any speed. It handles just the way you want a road bike to handle, minus the twitchiness.

It fits tires to 43mm, or 40mm with fenders. We recommend 38mm to 42mm tires to start. If that sounds too much, go as skinny as 35. There’s no reason to go skinnier than that.

The Roadini, like all of our bikes, comes in nice colors and has pleasing graphics that aren’t afterthoughts. Bikes should look friendly, not mean, serious, and generic.

The Roadini is CrMo steel, frame and fork. Steel allows pleasing-to-the-eye proportions, is tough and cannot fail suddenly (and is safe for that reason). Steel weighs more, but the frame weight is a tiny percentage of the rider+bicycle weight. Your Roadini frame should last you 30 years. We make no claims, but that’s the idea, and we have lots of experience going into it.

The Road is partly lugged (seat lug, seat stays, fork crown). The rest is Tig-welded, and the fork is as nicely curved, crowned, and detailed as any Rivendell fork.

The Roadini uses rim brakes, which are more powerful and more sensitive than disc brakes. It has a quill stem that allows handlebar height adjustments with one tool  in ten seconds. It uses quick-release hubs, which simplify and speed-up wheel removals and installation.

It is the most well-designed road bike we’ve ever made. Comfortable, versatile, safe, gorgeous, and great-riding. We’re quite proud of it, and are ready to answer you any questions you have that aren’t addressed here.

Frameset comes with an FSA Duron 1" threaded headset and 26.8 Kalloy seapost. 

Colors for 2023 are Sergio Green and Dark Gold. 

Roadini '23 PBH Ranges
50cm: 79 - 82.5cm
54cm: 82 - 86.5cm
57cm: 86.5 - 89cm
61cm: 90 - 96.5cm
Roadini '23 Saddle Height Ranges
50cm: 68 - 71.5cm
54cm: 71 - 76cm
57cm: 75 - 79cm
61cm: 78 - 85.5cm
*This sizing assumes you’re not comfortable on a modern road bike with a “bike shop fit.” But if you’re a young gumby and like lowish bars, you can ride down a size. A Roadini has the bar-height of a much bigger typical modern bike—so it’s more comfortable.
Compatibility: Quill stem, 1-inch threaded headset (30.2 x 26.4), 130mm rear wheel, 31.8 front der., 26.8mm Seat post. The 700c frames require a caliper (or centerpull) with 63mm of reach. The Tektro R559 is a good choice. 

If up to now you’ve avoided road bikes because they’re so weird, extreme, and expensive, now there’s one that isn’t!



Even though the frames are here, we just finished sending out the last of the Appaloosa framesets and still have Appaloosa builds in the queue, so please be OK with a long lead time for builds. It may be about a month and a half,

If you're local, come grab it whenever (make an appointment, or come by on Saturday) but otherwise, we have to get through the earlier orders first.

Ever since our demand has increased, people tend to buy frames only to decide later whether they actually want it or not. It's an impulse we understand but it sometimes prevents someone who's absolutely sure they want one from getting a frame, and when people do cancel, we can't just re-stock it on the website because restocking just one frame alerts the 20 odd people who are on the back-in-stock email notification list, and the bummer cycle of missing out repeats itself. So we're implementing a 10% cancellation fee on these frames.




Frame shipping is automatically set at $87 within the lower 48 states.

This rate may be adjusted depending on the actual rate at the time of shipping. 


Bike orders will default to $250 to the lower 48. If your actual shipping price is more, we will reach out to you for an additional payment.



The front height of this crown happens to be 19mm. With a std vertically centered hole, both numbers would be 9.5mm. You want that extra 3.5mm to be air, not fork crown, so when you try to stuff a slightly bigger tire or a fender under there, it hits air and fits and rolls on through. it’s not jammed up against the underside of the fork crown. It's basic, not so hard to understand, but I've never seen a low-offset hole on any crown that wasn't ours, and that is insane.

The ball-and-socket seat stay joint eliminates shear forces and adds strength. The main shoreline of the seat lug is familiarly Rivendell, the same-ish swirls and all, and like all Rivendell seat lugs, it has other obsessive details that — well, if you’re going to make it from scratch, might as well be there—

The large, raised and reinforced stress relief hold reduced to basically impossible the chance of repeated tightenings causing a stress crack at the bottom of the slot. Admittedly, it’s not a common occurrence, but we’ve seen it happen on other bikes half a dozen times. We make it maximally crack-resistant on our seat lugs because our showroom bikes get tightened and loosened and retightened with ever test ride, every slight difference in saddle height. On your bike, maybe you’ll do it a few times in the fussing, so our O-hole is overkill, but it’s also a nice visual detail.

The seat binder area is reinforced with unpinchable steel. As with the O-hole, it makes our lug impervious to repetitive stress.