2017 Cipollini RB1K
There is something so wonderfully bonkers about the Cipollini RB1K. Full of personality and design flair, it looks like someone took a big sharpie and just went wild on the back of a napkin. Bigger, bigger, bigger…the tubes must be bigger!
But there is more the mad sprinter than the mad scientist in the Cipollini RB1K. This is a super stiff, super responsive frame that doesn’t feel happy unless you are winding up to unleash a huge attack. This frame feels so burly partially because it is made from Torayca’s T1000.M46J carbon fiber, which offer among the highest tensile and compression strength of any Toray’s carbon options. The monocoque construction ensures that all weak points have been eliminated; you definitely get the feeling that if Cipo himself were still racing, this would be the bike he’d want to ride. Just looking at that BB386EVO bottom bracket makes you flash back to one of his devastating stage winning sprints at the Giro or Tour. The 1 1/8" tapered head tube has also been beefed up and the fork has a shallow rake to ensure rigid, tight handling. Choose your lines carefully because this bike will slice like a knife edge. The tubes have been aero optimized, but what Cipollini wanted was a bike that was fast on the road, not the wind tunnel.
This really is a pure racing bike. Just glancing at the geometry you’ll realize it has among the most aggressive numbers around. With a long reach, a low stack and a steep seat tube angle, you’ll start to feel closer to a TT position than a road bike. This is not necessarily the bike you want to buy if you are an endurance-oriented cyclist who likes a long, slow burn of a ride. But if you are a keen crit racer, or have a good selection of weekend stage races throughout the year, you could hardly find a more responsive, more intimidating bike for race day. Since the frame can accommodate electronic and mechanical groupsets, you’ll be able to go wild kitting out the RB1K with the type of components that will only enhance the performance and the sexy factor. Internal cable routing keeps the whole package looking clean. The front derailleur is a braze on and will work with bottom pull derailleurs.
With seven sizes from which to choose, they have accounted for just about every rider size, which is always impressive for carbon monocoque bikes where every additional mold requires a huge up-front investment. And since this is Cipollini, you have a colorful array of paint job choices, not to mention the MYCIPOLLINI special order where you can design your own color combo.
Though there are some bikes out there that like to claim that they can do everything, the Cipollini RB1K likes rather to hang its hat on its racing credentials. And actually, there is no reason why you couldn’t take this on a recovery ride with the kids, for instance, but what you will really want to do with this bike is race it, hard. Every weekend.
Frame: T1000.M46J carbon
Fork: T1000 carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, integrated
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/2”
Bottom Bracket Type: BB386
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 40.5cm XXS | 44.5cm XS | 46cm SM | 48.5cm MD | 50cm LG | 52cm XL | 54cm XXL |
Colors: Anthracite, Orange Fluo, Yellow Fluo, White, Italian Champion, World Champion, Camouflage Green, MYCIPOLLINI (special order)
Weight: 1050g | 2.31lbs