2021 Cipollini BOND2
If you had the chance to try the first edition of the Cipollini Bond, you might be wondering where there could have possibly been room for improvement. Nevertheless, with the Cipollini Bond 2 the same race-worthy handling and snappy acceleration remain, but indeed are enhanced by a lighter frame design and the addition of some aero features.
The Bond initially got its name from the fact that the front monocoque triangle was “bonded” to the rear triangle using what the folks at Cipollini called the “Atomlink”. For this second iteration of the Bond, the designers have turned to using a full monocoque method of building the frame, which saves weight and allows them to offer the type of carbon layup that will enhance the level of stiffness without minimizing the comfort factor. 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. 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 hour glass 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.
Though the Bond 2, like all Cipollini bikes, is focused primarily on performance, that doesn’t mean they’ve completely lost sight of the comfort levels. 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 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 there’s really no reason to buy this bike if you are planning on spending too much time on rough or gravel roads. This is a racing bike, pure and simple, from the geometry to the quality carbon. Cipollini makes no bones about it, and neither should anyone else. In this rim brake version, the brakes are designed to be direct mount, which will guarantee that you’ll have the stopping strength for when you really get ripping. The seatpost comes with a 15mm offset, though you can pay a little extra and get a 0mm offset instead if you’d prefer.
Not surprisingly, this is a bike with a lot of personality. Hovering around the 1000 gram mark depending on which of the five sizes, the Cipollini Bond 2 will be the type of bike that gives you the perfect level of road feedback so that you’ll be able to judge every corner with ease.
Rear Stay Material: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR 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: Direct mount
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, 15mm offset
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
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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