Dodici Special SL Bike Check

For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past few years; Dodici are an Italian bicycle manufacturer that have been producing one of the toughest wheelsets on the fixed gear market and some of the most sought ofter frames in the world. They have a great selection of hand made frames, though the one that always stood out was the Special with it’s curved seat tube. I have always had a soft spot for these since I got my hands on one of the old KHS Aero Tracks. It’s great to see the revival of this design 20 years later.

The geometry of the Special SL is the same as the Special, but it is a whole different beast. The new Dedacciai aluminum tubeset is lighter and stiffer and it now comes with a full carbon fork.  My 57cm frame and fork weighs in at a super light 1.8kgs, when I got it out of the box I could not believe how light it was! The build quality of this frame is amazing, its super clean welds, beefy tubing and top notch paint job ensure that you snap plenty of necks when you go out for a ride, just be prepared to answer the endless questions you will be asked when you go out with this bike.

I will write a full review of the Dodici Special SL after I have put some proper miles in on it and boy am I looking forward to it. For now all I can tell you is; it’s super light, very stiff, stunning and fast! So here is a snap of the lovely machine and a bike check, I am planning to get a posh wheelset at some point…I might even go carbon.



Frame: Dodici Special SL
Fork: Dodici Full Carbon
Headset: FSA
Bars: Fyxation Rodeo Pursuit 31.8
Tape: Deda
Stem: Forza Cirrus Pro
Saddle: WTB Silverado Carbon
Seat post: Forza Cirrus Pro
Wheelset: Eighthinch Julian
Tyres: WTB/Freedom Thickslicks
Chainring: 48t Sram Omnium
Cranks: Sram Omnium 165
BB: Sram GXP
Chain: KMC Devil 101
Pedals: Look Keo Classic
Sprocket: 17t On One
Lockring: Shimano Dura Ace


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