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Hand made custom track frame columbus sl

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Custom made by me, 56X54

3ttt pista/cinelli


gipiemme/mavic open pro/continental gp 4000s

gipiemme/mavic open pro/continental gp 4000s

gipiemme crono pista/ campagnolo pista

flite/gipiemme crono sprint

gipiemme track/binda strap


I just put this together, really wanted to remake the first frame I ever built using standard tubing sizes and a fastback seat stay. Really happy with the result, the new columbus sl is light and stiff. Had a gipiemme track group laying around which I thought would be a great compliment to an Italian steel frame.

People who friended this bike the fumingator, END00291, campystamp, jjsantini, knapprobert, vqstaphbeard, juicemankilla, Jeffj, moik, per.k

Awesome looking frame. Not

Awesome looking frame. Not a fan of those handlebars though.

I don't blame you, I rode

I don't blame you, I rode them for a week and switched them out for some cinelli crit bars, I don't like the deep drop on true track bars

Great Skill

A jig must have been hard to come by. By any chance, did you utilize a more temporary jig? Either way, your frames look great. Cult is sweet too.

Thanks! I lucked out on a

Thanks! I lucked out on a Bringheli frame jig, which I know many people complain about, but it just takes a few more measurements to get things set. I only tack in the jig. I learned that a jig just gives you confidence in a straight build. I have built frames using angles and c-clamps and honestly think that a jig is an unnecessary investment if you build one frame at a time. I have always been inspired by builders who take the time to focus on each and every build, and not worry about time constraints, but rather a quality product.

oh and thanks on the cult as well, bmx was a passion that I have slowly let go


Thanks for sharing your insight on frame building. I know very little on the subject. It is a skill that I admire though. Now that you do less bmx, you'll have more time for other things like frame building. Definitely a lot less injuries.

You hit the nail on the

You hit the nail on the head, as I go older it was getting harder and harder to get out of bed. Bmx has definitely helped influence me as far a frame building goes, and I am thankful for all my memories riding.

I think it came out

I think it came out beautifully, and the build is top notch too! I personally would have incorporated a drilled fork crown and bridge for some single speed action!


Thanks, the brakes would be fun for sure. I built my girlfriend one which is drilled for coasting.

what do you mean by « new

what do you mean by « new sl » ?
NOS tubeset or ... new ?

columbus sl

The original version of sl was drawn from 9/6/9, the current run of columbus sl is drawn from 8/5/8, so its a bit lighter. My basso track frame, which is the 9/6/9 stuff, seems no more stiff than this frame, though I believe the cranks have something to do with that as well.

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