Bike Check: Nico Paris and the Rustbelt Marco 26″

Nico Bike Check (7)

The Specs:

Frame: Rustbelt Marco 26″ – Size M. Bonus features: S&S couplers (courtesy of Alex Meade from Lexington) and Paragon sliding dropouts
Fork: Rustbelt Marco Disc
Stem: Thomson Elite X4 – 80mm 0°
Bars: Squarebuilt Polo Bars with Ergon grips
Brake Lever: Avid Single Digit 7
Nico Bike Check (8)Brake: Avid BB7 – 180mm
Rims: Salsa Gordo 32 spoke
Hubs: Surly Ultra New Disc
Tires: Tioga City Slicker
Cranks: FSA Gravity Gap Downhill
Sprocket: FSA – 36t
Freewheel/Cog: White Eno Trials – 22t
Chain: KMC Z510HX (1/8″)
Pedals: Time Strong Z
Seat: Charge Bucket (not pictured)
Post: Thomson Elite Setback

The Questions:

Nico

Nico

Previous bike? 
Eighthinch Scrambler.
Nico Bike Check (2)What made you upgrade/change?
I wasn’t really sold on 26″ bikes until I rode Lomax’s Marco a couple times at pickup. I was really impressed with how maneuverable it was and how solid the bike felt under me; it feels as though the bike wants to right itself. Given a grippy court surface, you can carve outrageous turns without the feeling that you’re going to jackknife.
How was your experience working with Lou from Rustbelt?
Lou is great. He’s a quality guy and he made sure that I got all of the little features I wanted. The only caveat with Rustbelt is that you’ve got to be patient because it can take a while to get your frame. Lou can also be a little hard to reach sometimes, but in the end it’s totally worth it.
Nico Bike Check (5)If you did the build again, what would you change?
I originally routed my brake cable through the headtube but that was a mistake. Even with Nokon housing, the lever feel was super squishy. I rerouted the cable and that completely fixed my brake issues.
I’d also probably get something cool laser cut in the brake bridge (definitely not something silly like my name, though)
Anything else you’d like to say?
I think Lou sold his soul to the devil because he nailed the perfect polo geometry. It’s not easy to describe the ride so holler at me the next time you see me at a tournament and I’ll let you give it a spin.
Editor’s Note: All photos (save for the one that is supposed to be Nico) were taken by my esteemed colleague, Zack of Bloomington Bike Polo fame.
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