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    2015 Castellano Bow Ti 29er

    Just want to share my John Castellano Bow Ti. It is the first ever 29er Castellano bow ti made in collaboration with Steve Potts.
    Components used were:
    XTR Triple Group
    Ti Cycyles Bar/Stem opiece combo
    Lynskey Seatpost
    Enve AM /Chris King Wheelset
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    hmmmmmm........
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    Wow. I was wondering when somebody would put an order in for one of these. Well done! How does it ride?

    John made me a Silk Ti 29er back in 2008. Its a wonderful bike.

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    Nice!

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    The ride is awesome. I am at loss of words to describe. So plush!

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    truly an awesome bike, i miss seeing these kinds of builds. do you notice any difference with goodridge hoses???

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    Hi Radionactiv, thank you for the compliment, honestly, I don't really notice the difference with those hoses. They just look cool on my bike.

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    Nice bike! John's pivotless design lends itself nicely to single speed use. What size is that frame?

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    Thank you truckee29. here are the specs from JC:
    BowTi 29 Custom
    16.5" center of BB-to-center of top tube
    22.3" center of BB-to-top of seat tube
    24.75" effective top tube
    5.1" headtube, oversize "44" diameter for tapered steerer
    12.45" BB
    70.5 head angle
    72.5 effective seat angle
    17.9" Chainstay
    44.7" wheelbase

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    Quote Originally Posted by ascarlarkinyar View Post
    hmmmmmm........
    More similar to the Slingshot Bicycle.


    Very cool bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loch View Post
    More similar to the Slingshot Bicycle.


    Very cool bike.
    Neither, actually. The effective pivot location is pretty much the same as the "sweetspot" URT (also a Castellano design) used on the Schwinn Homegrown FS.
    The glass is twice as large as it needs to be

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    Or the Ibis Szazbo
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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    Absolutely gorgeous bike!

    I never understood that type of suspension. I'm out of the saddle for just about anything technical, why not just put a thudbuster seatpost on a hardtail?

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    Porch: A thudbuster seatpost is awesome if you want to hear Squeaky-Squeaky-Squeaky with every pedal stroke. Noisy danged things. I tried to lube the bushing and lube the elastomers, but nothing would stop the noise!

    I've got a soft tail now and it is so much better than that crappy turd-thruster.

    This Castellano sure looks bizarre!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paengn View Post
    Just want to share my John Castellano Bow Ti. It is the first ever 29er Castellano bow ti made in collaboration with Steve Potts.
    Components used were:
    XTR Triple Group
    Ti Cycyles Bar/Stem opiece combo
    Lynskey Seatpost
    Enve AM /Chris King Wheelset
    Beautiful bike.

    It is a whacky design - but the crafstmanship is bar none.

    Are you sure that's the first?

    There's a bike on Steve's facebook page dating back to Spring 2014. https://scontent.fsjc1-3.fna.fbcdn.n...55&oe=5693143E

    https://scontent.fsjc1-3.fna.fbcdn.n...7a&oe=565EC786

    And this one on steve's website dates to 2009
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    Stupid, but sometimes witty. Occasionally brilliant. Slow and fat though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porch View Post
    Absolutely gorgeous bike!

    I never understood that type of suspension. I'm out of the saddle for just about anything technical, why not just put a thudbuster seatpost on a hardtail?
    It doesn't look out completely when standing. You get about 50% activity.

    The way the frame works - is it is "stretched" before the shock is installed. So about 50% of the travel is "negative travel" IE the frame returning to it's normal, un sprung state.

    Then 50% of the travel is actually compression of the frame.

    This affords 5" of rear wheel travel and no pivots.
    Stupid, but sometimes witty. Occasionally brilliant. Slow and fat though.

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    Hi Iheartbicycle,
    thank you for the compliment. Yes, there were other Castellano bow ti made before this but they were all 26ers. This is the first castellano bow ti 29er. That JC and Potts made. According to JC, they had to fabricate a new jig to make this.
    Regards.

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    That's a great update for a pretty iconic bike. I've always had a soft spot for the original Ibis BowTi.

    Ibis Cycles US


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    I rode the ibis version for a few years and have been watching the evolution of John's art ever since. Happy to see he made the jump to 29er.

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    Does anybody know if Castellano is still making these and/or the Zorro? His website is out of date (it references Ibis' closure in present tense) and he hasn't returned my email enquiry.

    I'd really like to know what a frame set costs because I'd like either one for a singlespeed build.

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