2021 Cipollini BOND2 Disc
When you are considering buying a new racing bike, perhaps the hardest choice to make is whether to go with disc or rim brakes. And the designers of the updated Cipollini Bond 2 Disc have made that decision even harder since both versions are just epic. Nevertheless, the versatility and enhanced safety offered by disc brakes in all conditions might just be enough to swing the decision in this direction.
Something else that helps when rationalizing the need for disc brakes is the fact that the Bond 2 Disc frame is barely 30 grams heavier than the rim brake version. That’s on account of the fact that just a bit more robust a carbon layup is required to withstand the forces the disc brakes will exert on the frame, but in a way that’s all for the good since it means that the brakes are doing what they should be doing which is keeping you in control, rain or shine. And though this is not touted as a lightweight climbing bike, but rather a snappy all-round racing machine, you can still enjoy the level of finesse and skill that the designers have lavished on the frame. In fact, it has shed some weight compared to the previous version, thanks in part to the use of a more typical monocoque method of laying up the tubing, as opposed to the Atomlink that they used in the first Bond. That was an amazing construction that made the ride super stiff, but with the new layup the developers felt they could save that weight without sacrificing the performance.
Another difference compared to the former Bond is that they’ve changed to a press fit BB86 to ensure that the bottom bracket area stays as beefy and stiff as possible. Visually it’s also clear that the designers have paid a touch more attention to the aero aspects of the Bond 2 Disc. So the fork has a sleeker shape that then melds into the down tube to smooth out the airflow at that critical junction. The head tube also has a smoothly aero hourglass figure. The seatpost gets a little aero treatment with a special truncated Kamm tail shape, while the seat clamp is stealthily integrated in the top tube. And the seat tube gets a nifty kink to wrap more closely around the rear wheel, saving a few aero watts there as well.
Recognizing that comfort will necessarily be a factor as well, the carbon layup has been devised to ensure a good deal of vertical compliance. But in addition to that, the seat stays have been slightly crimped as a way to introduce an extra level of springy compliance for those rougher mountain roads. The chain stays also have a slight drop to them, allowing the designers to enhance the lateral stiffness of the backend, and to give a little extra room for tire clearance. In this rim braked version, they have optimized the Bond 2 Disc for 25mm tires, but the frame can accommodate tires that measure up to 28mm, which will also go a long way to increasing the comfort and versatility of the bike. But with the aggressive geometry and the overall stiffness of the frame, you won’t be using this as your alternative gravel bike. It is nice to know, though, that if you do unexpectedly come upon a road that turns to a bit of gravel, you won’t have to back track on the Bond 2 Disc.
The razor sharp handling will be enhanced by the overall capability that having the strength of disc brakes will make possible. The fork and rear triangle have been designed with a 12mm through axles. All cable routing is internal and compatible with mechanical and electronic groupsets, which will allow you to customize the perfect kit for your cycling needs. The seatpost comes with a 15mm offset, though you can pay a little extra and get a 0mm offset instead if you’d prefer.
Having the option between rim and disc brakes always offers a pleasant agony of choice. With the Cipollini Bond 2 Disc you can choose whatever cycling route you want to take and hammer the course regardless of what the weather forecast may be.
Rear Stay Material: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/4”
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical and electronic compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire: 28mm
Brake Type: Disc, flat mount
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, 15mm offset
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 43cm XS | 45cm SM | 48cm MD | 51.5cm LG | 55cm XL |
Colors: Spectraflair Special Edition, Naked Gold, White Pearl, Red Metal, Anthracite, MyCipo custom colors available
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