Words by: Jason Delgado | Photos by: Nelson Queralta Jr
When I look at this bike, I can’t help but think of the word. It’s probably because of the “steed” references in cycling, or maybe the movement the bike does with its rider, acting like a jockey. Maybe its the mystique or the passion. Hell, its all of them.
As a hot blooded latino I can’t help but make an instant connection with the Tinno brand. They have been made in Colombia for the past 41 years. Colombia has bred great cyclists, some were the first Spanish speaking riders in the pro peloton. Those guys were using Tinno frames and powering up some of the highest peaks in the world. Because of their ability to sustain power, they were contracted by European teams to be workhorses.
They had to fight for their place, and fight they did! Tinno frames, like the steel their made with, have endured the test of time. They’re smooth yet resilient, classic yet modern, powerful yet humble.
Most cyclists like all of the characteristics mentioned above, but would reconsider or even over look steel as a frame material. Most will wonder why steel? It’s an antiquated material used in bikes of old and it’s a bit on the heavy side when compared to aluminum or carbon. The answer is simple, steel will last you a life time. Steel frames offer an intangible feeling, a lively ride that gives you enough compliance while at the same time welcoming each pedal stroke to propel it’s rider forward. What’s even better about a Tinno frame specifically, is that they’re completely bespoke and handcrafted specifically for its rider.
The heart and soul of every bike is its rider, like a horse with its jockey. The most successful, always have a special bond.
If that poetry doesn’t get you, maybe the looks will.
Thank you to Tinno Cycles and Juan Londoño.