Passoni Nero XL with Super Record - Blacksmith Cycle Bike of the Day #17

6/4 ti Bikes of the Day Brand Info carbon ti carbon-titanium blend hand-built carbon Italian bikes Passoni Passoni bikes Passoni Nero Passoni Nero XL Titanium

Passoni Bicycles produce, quite simply, some of the finest bikes on the planet.  Exquisite attention to detail, the highest grade materials available, and jaw-dropping paint schemes are just a few of the characteristics associated with Passoni.  As Canada's only current Passoni dealer, we are pleased to offer this look at our own shop Passoni Nero XL... [caption id="attachment_1224" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Passoni Nero XL in the flesh...yes, they really do exist!"][/caption] The Build : Campagnolo Super Record, Cinelli RAM carbon bar and cages, Cinelli carbon stem, Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddle and ENVE 6.7 wheels The Weight: 14.9 lbs complete with Keywin Ti pedals and cages [caption id="attachment_1227" align="alignnone" width="628" caption="New 2012 Nero XL paint scheme can be colour customized"][/caption] Technical details: Passoni hand-build their bikes to custom geometries and unique paint schemes each and every time. This Nero XL model utilizes tube-to-tube T800 hi-mod carbon tubing with 6/4 Titanium drop-outs, brake-bridge and bottom bracket shell for incredible stiffness. With a 50 mm downtube, 40 mm top tube, and 35 mm seat tube, the Nero XL is designed, Passoni claims, for "people who have a very competitive spirit."  Passoni finish things off with a Columbus Genius tapered carbon fork so don't expect a whimpy ride quality...this baby is hella stiff! Ridiculous paint quality and detailing complete a jaw-dropping overall package.
[caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Engraved titanium head-tube badge is super clean, and metallic paint is a show stopper"][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1216" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="6/4 Titanium dropouts are some of the finest we've seen and even say "Passoni""][/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1214" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Cinelli carbon bar and stem are painted to match the colour scheme"][/caption] The Ratings… Ride-quality/Comfort: 9/10 – great at dampening vibrations, with a nuanced road feel Front-end Stiffness: 10/10 – as stiff as any Pro-Tour front-end, without being harsh BB Stiffness: 9/10 – massive tubes + titanium BB shell = rock solid Style/Aesthetics: 9/10 – polarizing for sure, but I'm in the "love it" camp Technology/Weight/Value:  7/10 – undeniably pricey, but so is a Bugatti Veyron Total = 45/50 – arguably the finest multi-material bike on the planet [caption id="attachment_1225" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="We can also stay classy with Bora One wheels and FMB tubulars"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1209" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Hand-painted components help make this a very special package"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1215" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Fizik Kurve Chameleon - the latest and greatest, for major comfort - with an FSA cappy"][/caption] The Good: There is something undeniably special about a Passoni, even in a shop full of bike art.  The hand-finished titanium dropouts, the paint-job that looks like it belongs in the Uffizi Gallery, and simple manner in which the round tubes come together make this a bike that people often say is the nicest they have ever seen.  Add in the Passoni artisanal approach and, well, you get what you pay for. The Bad: Definitely a stiff and race-worthy bike, but who would race something so beautiful?  There are also Passoni options (such as the Nero, or Top Genesis) that would be more comfortable as a daily driver. For those who are looking for top notch stiffness without the harshness of a typical monocoque, this Nero XL is the one. The Skinny: Other than perhaps a bike from Baum crew, this is pretty much the pinnacle of bicycle construction. Sold as frame-sets or frame "kits" [with matching bar, stem, cages, saddle and leather bar-tape], Luciano Passoni's dream of building bikes that meet the standard of "beauty and perfection" is still very much alive. [caption id="attachment_1212" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Integrated seat posts on carbon bikes are always good looking, but this one is GORGEOUS "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1213" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="RAM cages share the same two-tone brown that reminds us of shag carpeting"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1226" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Nero XL ain't afraid of no graffiti ghost!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1211" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Looks fast and Italian like a Ferrari but rides more like a civilized Aston Martin"][/caption] Click HERE for the 2012 Passoni collection, HERE for the 2012 catalogue or contact us for more info!

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