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Rizoma releases a commuter bike for the privileged few

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November 8, 2012

The Rizoma 77/011 is a very high-end carbon fiber commuter bicycle

The Rizoma 77/011 is a very high-end carbon fiber commuter bicycle

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Rizoma is an Italian company, best known for manufacturing premium motorcycle accessories. Recently, however, it ventured into the world of bicycle-making. The result is a carbon fiber commuting bike, known as the 77/011. While it has no one revolutionary feature, the whole package is pretty snazzy – and it’s priced accordingly.

At the heart of the 77/011 is a monocoque carbon fiber frame, outfitted with custom components milled from solid billet aluminum. The bike only has one gear – it comes with two interchangeable rear cogs, allowing users to set it up as either a freewheeling single-speed, or an oh-so-hip fixie. If they go with the fixed-gear option, they can also choose to leave off the front and rear sidepull brakes.

Instead of a chain, it utilizes a Gates Carbon-Drive belt drive, set up in a 55/22t ratio. The use of a belt drive means that no lubrication is required, and no oily gunk will be transferred onto the rider’s pant leg.

Front and rear sidepull brakes are optional

The bike is available in just a single frame size, that can accommodate riders between 165 and 190 centimeters (65-75 inches) in height – one would assume that allowances are made by ordering an appropriately-sized seatpost, as a traditional adjustable seatpost can’t be used. We contacted the company for an explanation, but have yet to hear back.

Although other colors are shown in the accompanying photographs, the 77/011 is currently only available in matte white or shiny black. It weighs in at a spritely 8 kilograms (17.6 lbs).

The Rizoma 77/011

But yes, the price ... it’ll set you back a cool €3,700, or about US$4,700. The handlebar mirror is an extra €79 ($100). Yikes. Needless to say, however, it’s probably not being marketed towards buyers who are on any kind of a budget.

If you still like the idea of shlepping around town on something that will turn bike geeks’ heads, however, there are some cheaper alternatives. Check out our guide to commuter bikes made by high-end European racing bike manufacturers, to see what they are.

The 77/011 can be seen in action in the video below.

Source: Rizoma via Bicycle Design

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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6 Comments

Nice looking bike and I like the weight, but a real commuter needs fenders and a rack. At that price I would buy a bamboo frame.

Steven Forth
9th November, 2012 @ 08:39 am PST

This is a bike for commuters like a Rolex Seamaster is a bike for sailors - only the status-hungry wealthy need apply.

Bob Fately
9th November, 2012 @ 09:22 am PST

At that price they could have included a two speed rear hub, that also has a coaster brake. (They have been around for years). I do like the fact that there are no cables or derailleur gears.

jeffrey
9th November, 2012 @ 09:31 am PST

I like it, low weight, sleek, lack of chain etc.

The belt looks like something I might break the way I ride though (torque ftw).

Daishi
10th November, 2012 @ 07:37 pm PST

How would a $5000 carbon bike fare when sandwiched against $50 steel ones on the commuter trains or locked up outside?

sk8dad
12th November, 2012 @ 10:14 am PST

How would a $5000 carbon bike fare when sandwiched against $50 steel ones on the commuter trains or locked up outside?

It's called gone in 60 secs. You can walk around with a battery angle grinder and find free bikes!

Jimbo Jim
14th November, 2012 @ 12:30 am PST
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