Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
My Marino Polo Bike
I’m really happy with my Marino build, it has come out clean and tidy and at a respectable weight of 2.6kg. I would recommend him as a frame builder, he works very fast and is very reasonable.
I designed this bike to be more maneuverable than my previous 700c polo bike. In order to do this I decided to try 26″ wheels and to make the frame as small as possible.
A lot of people have been taking the bike for a spin and commenting that it rides really well, so here is the geometry. All major bike brands publish their geometry so I don’t see why I shouldn’t do the same.
My new wheelbase is now 70mm less than previous, at 940mm. My trail has now been reduced to 61mm (not as pictured) from 71mm. These two factors have made the biggest difference to the handling.
I’m really enjoying the increased maneuverability of this bike, it turns in very small circles and the reduced weight and stronger wheels give me confidence to hop the bike around when stuck in corners. Fortunately the bike feels as good sprinting down the court as it does stationary. The reduced trail and increased stem length have made it handle brilliantly.
Ryan Mcaig of Oak Cycles convinced me to go with a 3cm shorter top tube and to add that length to the stem length, this was a great idea and I’m grateful to Ryan for that advice. That decision reduced my wheelbase significantly and meant I could ride less trail without feeling twitchy due to the longer stem.
Colin, Edinburgh Bike Polo, was also a great help. He has an amazing understanding of the science of bike handling. Thanks so much Colin for being awesome.
I hope this information is useful to you and helps you build your own polo frame. If you want a more artfully finished frame and enjoy the personal touch that a traditional frame-builder can offer, then I wholeheartedly recommend Oak Cycles. Ryan built himself a polo bike this year, you may have seen it at various polo tournaments in Europe, it’s holding up well. He’s now building a frame for Elena, from Geneva, as her Hells Belles MVP prize. Really looking forward to seeing that one.