2021 Cinelli Zydeco
There is no question that versatile bikes are having a design renaissance. For several years many manufacturers carved very specific ruts that their bikes were intended to fall into: aero, climbing, endurance, gravel…That’s cool maybe if you are a pro and you have the choice between two or three super bikes, depending on the race day topography. But for most of us, we’re usually relying on one bike for all types of rides, and we are trying to find new routes that maybe haven’t been repaved for a while. That’s where bikes like the Cinelli Zydeco shine. It’s a gravel bike that has been designed to balance gravel endurance rides with the desire to go fast when the roads smooth-out. And does all this at a very reasonable price.
As an Italian bike brand with a history, Cinelli has a classic soul that focuses a lot of love on the white roads, or strade bianche, that act like arteries throughout the country but most famously in Tuscany. Their King Zydeco is the carbon gravel racer straordinario. The Zydeco is the aluminum version that will keep the price down and fun factor super high. The quality of the Columbus Zonal triple butted alloy used for the frame ensures it’ll remain light while assuring the type of durability some rougher gravel roads will require. And since it’s alu, you won’t have to wince every time you hear a rock ding hard against the frame. Meanwhile, the carbon Columbus Futura gravel fork provides all the lateral stiffness that you’ll be wanting for sharp handling and still be able to introduce a bit of vibration dampening, which will be more important the longer you stay off paved roads.
Though Cinelli definitely want to help you get out and explore your world, the Zydeco is still geared more towards the roadie than the MTBer. For one thing, it is generally spec’d with a 2x Shimano setup. And they have decided to stick to 700c wheels with a capacity up to 40c tires. That’s pretty awesome if you are coming from 25mm tires, but not dreamy for folks who are used to 2 inch chunkies. Then again, we think 40c tires really is a sweet spot for anyone looking to do mix-surface riding because they offer good capabilities on gravel and poorly paved sections, while still being lightweight enough to climb and accelerate well. And since the frame can fit up to 160mm rotors, you will be able to stay in control even if you are negotiating a chuddery descent.
The internal cable routing has been designed to be mechanic-friendly and keeps the cables protected from untoward impacts. The frame can accommodate mechanical and electric drivetrains. The frame weighs 1760g in a size medium while the fork adds just another 450g. It is available in five sizes and one very Cinelli-looking paint job. The Cinelli Zydeco is a well-priced gravel bike with fun at its core. Once you hop on one, you’ll never want to stop.
Frame: COLUMBUS Zonal Triple Butted Alloy
Fork: COLUMBUS Futura Gravel carbon
Rear Stay: Alloy
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Head Tube Diameter Top: 42mm
Head Tube Diameter Bottom: 47mm
Steerer Tube: 1-1/8" - 1-1/4"
Headset Included: Yes, Columbus
Bottom Bracket Type: BSA
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: 34.9mm clamp
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 40c
Brake Type: Disc, flat mount, 160mm max rotor
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 48cm XS | 51cm SM | 54cm MD | 56cm LG | 59cm XL |
Colors: Chasing After Rainbows
Weight: 1760g frame | 450g fork
*Specs and pricing are subject to change. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.