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Rustbelt Welding Marco Bike Polo Frame

As hardcourt bike polo continues to grow and mature, more and more frames are being spotted out there custom built for the court. One of the latest is the Rustbelt Welding Company’s Marco, shown here in it’s prototype unpainted glory. It is based on track bike handling but with smaller and stronger 26″ wheels and the larger volume tires that come with them. Short wheelbase, quick handling, and a high bottom bracket pretty well sum it up, and make it an agile, quick turning polo bike that doesn’t feature a gaping 5-hole like many repurposed mountain frames do. No word on pricing or availability, but expect a second Marco to be on the courts at the Midwest Opens in Lexington in just a few weeks.

See more frames from the Cleveland based Rustbelt Welding at their blog: rustbeltwelding.wordpress.com

10 Comments

  1. i gotta say it...October 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

    the first Joust copycat?

  2. TsarOctober 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    You gotta admit… This looks pretty sick.

  3. sbsher2October 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I’m feeling it. With all the cheap MTB tires and high BB it might make a decent path bike too. Now if somebody wants to make a mint cheap&easy wheel covers would be nice too. With all the deep rims and aerospokes around it would be an easy sell.

  4. Hog Rid3rOctober 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Wtf is a 5-hole?

  5. bobOctober 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    whens the next tournament i can see it in action? lex maybe?

  6. bobOctober 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    i gotta start reading the whole article before posting……..

  7. Jonathan PGHOctober 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Having ridden both a Joust and the Marco, I can assure you that it this is not simply a Joust copy cat. I don’t know the numbers, but I am fairly certain that the geometry is significantly different. Jumping on the Marco from a 700c track frame, there is instant confidence in the handling. With the Joust, there is a bit of a learning curve, though both bikes corner and maneuver like nothing else

  8. Karate JonOctober 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I was just talking to Lou about this last night. The Marco’s wheel base is slightly longer than the Joust. A problem that has been reported (with the Joust) is turning the front wheel too sharply and going over the bars. The Marco’s geometry isn’t giving up much extra space for the 5-hole, but provides more stability. I should be rocking one at LEX, and I think Lou might be bringing some to demo.

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