Mattia Paganotti has been keeping himself busy over the last couple of years: moving his Legor Cicli workshop from Italy to Barcelona and building bikes for passionate customers — like this pista frame for a member of the Santa Catalina team.
This is one of Mattia’s Nuiorksiti Plus pista frames, which he builds a few of, but he also creates tourers, townies, roadies and bikes to ride the Transcontinental Race on. He’s also been building SSCX and MTB frames while perfecting his Porreca All Road model.
Mattia has been working with Ken at Crema Cycles, building their particular breed of off-road road bikes. It’s a wonder Mattia has enough time to scratch himself, or his beloved workshop cat, Makita.
This Nuiorksiti Plus pista was built for Armando Vazquez, a rider on the Santa Catalina team, a group of guys that focus on criterium races and casual rides together. They’re based in Gijón, in the Bay of Biscay.
It’s a race-ready crit bike — tig welded with fast geometry and a high bottom bracket from Columbus Spirit and assembled with a Columbus Fork and Chris King headset. Armando selected top-shelf parts that won’t let him down under race conditions.
32-hole Shimano Dura-Ace hubs were laced to a pair of carbon tubular Cole track rims by Sapim Laser spokes, with the rear driven by Rotor track cranks and a 50T Sugino Zen chainring. It’s steered by a Zipp Course cockpit.
Mattia works closely with another artist: Kilian Ramirez, an automotive painter that applies all of the eye-searing coats of color to Legor Cicli frames. An almost liquid-looking marble effect was administered to Armando’s frame.
Special thanks to Quique Bueno for the photos.