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BOTW: A Two-Tone Sarto Raso

Chad Nordwall |

Frameset: Sarto Raso frame, fork, bar/stem, seatpost and Ceramicspeed coated headset.
Group: Shimano Dura-Ace 9270. 170mm cranks, 52X36 rings and 11-32 cassette, /w 160f and 140r rotors.
Power Meter: Garmin Rally RS200 with SRM PC8 head unit
Wheels: Partington MKII
Tires: Vittoria Corsa N.E.X.T 700X28
Saddle: Fizik Arione 00
Ceramic: Ceramicspeed coated bb, alloy, coated standard size pulley wheels and headset.
Titanium: stem bolts, bottle cage bolts, brake pad retaining pins, brake caliper bolts and front derailleur mounting bolt.
Weight as built: 16.20 lbs (includes pedals, both bottle cages and computer):



The Raso is the latest frameset to come out of Sarto's workshop and blends the all-road chassis of the Sarto Plus with the aero properties of the brand's Lampo model while also dropping a lot of weight in the process. The frameset includes the frame, fork, headset, seat post and bar/stem combo. Custom Geometry and the standard paint scheme are also included.


I chose the new(ish) Shimano Dura-Ace 9270 group for this bike mainly because I had yet to try it and wanted to compare it to the SRAM Red group I'm riding on our Sarto Seta Plus. We augmented it with Ceramicspeed coated pulley wheels and bottom bracket.


I'm running the standard bar/stem that comes with the frame. There are other options, but I like the look of this one. It's not as angular as the Deda option; it fits the whole package better. The saddle is the old, tried and true (for me at least) Fizik Arione 00. I have heard that Fizik has stopped or will stop production on this model. If someone at Fizik HQ is reading this, let me know if it's true. I've already squirreled away a few, though, just in case. For the hand cushioning, we've got some new tape from Cadex wrapping the bars.

Wheels and Tires

Stay tuned. :-)


At the time of this shoot, we had a standard Dura-Ace crank w/ the Garmin Rally RS200 power meter pedals. We also installed the new (then) Ceramicspeed rear derailleur pulleys. The bottom bracket is from the same Danes, as are the headset bearings.

Every bolt that can be is titanium, and the bottle cages are from Arundel. We've tried three different types of lubes, but the Ceramicspeed UFO drip wax is now coating the chain.

Take a look at the ride report to see how the bike rides, which also includes deeper dives into the parts we've been using on it so far for the behind-the-scenes stuff.

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