Readers’ Rigs: Keith’s Custom Marinoni Colombus SLX

Today’s Readers’ Rig is a Canadian custom classic – A Marinoni made with Colombus SLX steel tubes in Quebec. Keith’s pride and joy is finished in Eddy Merckx Molteni colours, but has an individuality of its own. A real classic.

Name: Keith Edwards
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Bike: 1989 custom Columbus SLX Marinoni, built in Quebec Canada.
Groupset: Various Campagnolo parts: C record, Veloce, Daytona, Chorus. Cinelli.
Wheels: 32 hole Mavic CXP 14 rims, Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tires. Shimano Ultegra hubs. DT Swiss spokes.
Pedals: Look Delta
Saddle: Selle Italia X O
Other: The cannibals colours, but not the same style.
Weight: Never weighed it. Don’t care.

When did you buy it?

What made you choose this bike?
My first bike after emigrating to Canada from England was a lights out off the peg Marinoni from a crusty inspirational Irishman, next logical step was a custom.

Have you done any modifications/additions to it?
Originally came with all C Record, but slowly changed it to a bike I would have put together as youngster, whatever was lying around.

How many miles/kilometres do you do a year?
10,000-12,000 kilometres, depending on weather and how long the salmon fishing season is.

What do you love about this bike?
Always look forward to riding it.

Favourite riding area?
Local roads along the coast.

Favourite riding experience on your bike?
Out with the crusty Irishman and the chaingang getting beat up and losing fillings on the chip and seal farm roads of Northwest Washington State.

Future upgrades?
Rebuild the wheels with campag hubs, when the right ones turn up.

Last words?
Sent the frame back to Mr. Marinoni for the Molteni repaint. A French Canadian voice 3 weeks later called, first words were “Keith, your frame looks fantastic.” Priceless.

Thanks to Keith for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well, how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.

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