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Trick Bits: TISO’s Pimpin Parts

Not everyone can have full custom frames wrapped in custom parts, but that shouldn’t stop you from grabbing a part here or there to turn your bike into the Tuner Eye Candy that even the pro’s wish they could have… Tiso helps.

Tiso is a Family run, father and son’s company from Padova Italy that has been in the game for @ 30 years. They started out providing OEM equipment for cycling manufacturers and in the mid 90’s they realized that they were making some great parts and there was something they could do to spice things up a bit. They came to the same realization (as I have) that it’s just as much fun having a nicer bike than your buddies as it is kicking the crap out of them on a ride. And so a Bling shop was born…

One of the things that I like to do with some of the higher end test gear that we get here at PEZ is toss in little things that put the bikes over the top. The custom Seven Elium Race got things from Schmolke, Tiso, Zero Gravity etc. and it just made a special bike more special.

The custom Serotta Nove also got the spread with Tiso, Zero G, Zipp prototype bars… And we still haven’t stopped adding to it.

On the Seven, we started with a custom set of cranks from Cycling Innovations and ROI, a no brainer, as Cycling Innovations is also the distributor for Tiso…, and dressed them up with a sweet colored bolt kit for both the cranks and chain rings.

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Tiso actually make bolts for lots of places on your bike – like stem, water bottle, crank, seat binder, etc and they come in a few colors. The standard Campy front derailleur also got dressed up with a drop of blue…

On the Serotta we went with a more conventional FSA K Force MegaExo crank set and bumped up the business with Ti Chainrings from Groupe De Tete and tossed in Red chain ring bolts just to spice things up…

Yeah, the Carbon chain ring on the Seven actually works! But if you’re looking for a nice light set of chain rings in the more traditional form, Tiso make a large selection of chain rings that will allow you to build your own standard sub compact or full compact cranks, without going through the hassle of changing cranks. Just swap rings and adjust your chain and derailleurs accordingly.

Speaking of derailleurs, Tiso make front and rear mechs that shave grams (23 less than Record mid)…

And while being light, they shift very well and are not short on adjustability.

And of course the blue bolts and pulleys make the whole unit scream “I’m Different!”

You may also have noticed the cassette above looks a little “aftermarket”. You get the good eye award if so and it’s also an extremely slick Tiso alloy unit.

Tiso have their K7 Ultra in 9 and 10 speed as well as a super high end Titanium unit. And they come in a host of gear ratios…

The light weight (try 109 grams for a 10 speed 11-21!) comes from a lighter stock material of course, but it also comes from Tiso dispensing with a couple of the carriers that mount between stock gearing. With this in mind these are more of a race part as the longevity is less with these cassettes and they are a bit more prone to “bite” your freehub body as the stress load is carried on individual low gears. That said, taking 77 grams of rotating weight off the bike versus a 300 dollar all Ti Campy unit is a nice chunk…

Going from tail to nose, Tiso are the head stock for both bikes.

Their head set line is full of regular “Joe” as they call the standard unit. But if you want to spice things up more, you can roll with an extremely light magnesium version and they also do an integrated head set that comes in standard low stack and a neat and useful +10mm unit that saves a spacer or two… Of course they also come in a few colors…

And rolling way out front, you might wonder what you can due to make an already spicy stem and bar combo Pop a little? That’s also an easy deal with a few more color options in their assorted bolt line. Just when we thought Zipp’s stem and ZSL bar couldn’t be more bling…

Bam.

And they make a fork crown bolt in Red too…

So there you have it. This stuff runs from extremely affordable for the simple bolt kits to fairly expensive for the Magnesium head set or some of the Race Cassettes. It’s up to you and your wallet how much you want to spend and how much lighter you think you want (or need for some true weenies) to take your baby.

I will say that for bling factor, a bolt kit or two can really spice up the look of the bike and do so for damn near no money…

You can hit up their site at CyclingInnovations.com for more info on these and other goodies, or just tell your local shop to order you a few things…

Happy Pimpin…


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