Readers’ Rigs: Mondonico Steel Beauty


You just can’t beat steel and Brain Tjaden in Sausalito, California is in love with his lugged, handmade Mondonico shod with Shimano Dura Ace. This is no ‘Old Classic’ but a modern bike made in the Classic style… and style it has by the bucketful.


Name: Brian Tjaden
Location: Sausalito, CA
Bike: Mondonico
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Wheels: Hand made, Shimano Dura-Ace 28H hubs with Ambrosio Crono tubular rims.
Pedals: Speedplay X-2 stainless.
Saddle: Fizik Kurve Chameleon Carbon.
Weight: 17 lbs (7.7kgs)

When did you buy it?
Built in 2013

What made you choose this bike?
Love lugged handmade steel.

What modifications/additions have you done?
None, love her just the way she is.

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What components are you running?
Dura-Ace crank 53×39, Dura-Ace Cassette 11×13 on flat days. 11-25 on climbing days.


How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
About 10,000 miles.

Favorite riding area?
California HWY 1, on Strava here.


xpedo cxr pedalbanner with Brian McCullough

Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Road racing in Boulder back in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Future upgrades?
Bigger legs, lungs and heart.


Last words? When in doubt, invoke rule #5…

Thanks to Brian for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that makes you smile? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all smile! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.

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