I had the opportunity to play with Luca last winter while doing a polo trip throughout the UK. He didn’t have this bike at the time, but even on a generic single speed frame this kid was tearing it up; I can’t imagine how good he is now with this polo specific bike. A few of the other players I met while in the UK had these bikes so I figured who not give 14bikeco some more recognition on this side of the pond. Check out Luca’s 14bikeco bike… – Aaron Hand
Name: Luca Semeraro
Started Playing: April 2010
Club: Cambridge Bike Polo (UK)
Team name: Dead Rappers (London)
I’ve been playing playing polo for two years now since I was 15. My first bike was an old Puch 27” road frame which had 700c wheels and was fixed (and too big and long for me). I loved this bike but I soon realised it didn’t really work and that freewheel was the way forward. My second bike was a 26” jump frame called an NS Bitch which I built up for the 2011 season. This bike was completely different and I loved it, I rode it to the ground. Towards the end of 2011 I noticed that more and more people were getting custom polo frames, there was a couple 14bikeco frames, a couple Marino frames and a couple completely custom of an independent frame builder. I realised that my little old bike would not cut it against these guys and in order to compete and win I need something new.
Initially I had no idea what I wanted I considered everything and then thought it would be best to go for the Max Power frame from Germany, I started emailing him. But then I got an offer from two London players asking if I wanted to play with them next season. I was very honoured and accepted, this is now my team ‘Dead Rappers’. They had a sponsorship with 14bikeco who gave me an offer for their new polo frame. I accepted. The whole process was over the Christmas period so was a bit slow and because 14bikeco polo frames are no longer custom I couldn’t really have an input into anything specific I wanted which I now realise was probably for the best! But John from 14 is very helpful and will always try hard to answer any query you have. I now love this bike, I would highly recommend it to anyone.
I have setup my bike differently to almost everyone with a polo specific frame (in the UK) everyone is going more inline seatpost with longer stem, which feels good and I had it on this bike at the beginning but then I went back to super short stem with seat slammed back over rear wheel, feels great. If you ever see me, ask to have a go! check our site www.deadrappers.wordpress.com
Frame & fork: 14bikeco V3 polo frame and forks, v brake bosses front and rear, 135mm rear spacing and custom added disc tab on front (by Oak cycles of London)
Drivetrain: Shimano Deore 175mm external BB cranks, 32t chainring, FSA polycarbonate bashguard, Shimano m520 pedals, 21t (soon to be 20t) sprocket
Wheelset: 26”, Rear – Hope Pro 2 36h laced with plain gauge spokes to Mavic 317 rim, Front – random 36h crappy wheel with disc hub. Continental Ultra Gatorskin tyres 28mm (1.1)
Brakes: Avid Speed dial lever, Shimano Deore mechanical disc brake (replaced with Avid Elixr r hydraulic)
Stem/Bars/Headset: Custom Bar/stem combo 35mm length with flat bars, Oury Grips, Tifosi integrated headset with Hope Head Doctor. (Bars soon to be replaced with Victorie cycles S-42 stem and flat bars, on its way!)
Seatpost/Saddle: Titec seatpost (26.8mm – sucks) and a Giant road saddle which is super comfy.