2018 Cipollini NK1K Disc
If you are considering a Cipollini NK1K, you’re probably having serious trouble deciding whether to stick with rim brakes or spring for one with disc brakes. Though the NK1K can hardly be considered anything but a pure racing machine, the addition of disc brakes for this version do expand its uses to more long-distance endurance events for which you might be less inclined to use its rim braked brother.
When a frame is touted as aero, that sometimes can be code for Spartan-like ride-feel. The NK1K, however, walks the delicate balance between inviting feedback from the road and introducing a certain suppleness to the ride for a touch of comfort. Aiding any long-distance Gran Fondo application, the geometry of the monocoque frame offers a slightly more upright rider position in comparison to the RB1K from Cipollini, with a taller head tube and shallower seat angles. Not to say this is not a frame to be raced, but you will be able to achieve an easier upright position so that you can feel comfortable choosing the 200km Gran Fondo distance. Nevertheless, the monocoque T1000 carbon weave from Torayca results in a super stiff and responsive frame. The tubes have also been shaped in a way to give the NK1K a decidedly aerodynamic silhouette. So if you are planning on taking this on a semi-competitive mass-start event, you better be ready to race since all your competitors will be looking to rip your legs off as soon as they see your amazing rig.
The BB386 bottom bracket also plays a big role in keeping the frame immensely stiff and responsive, just what a pure sprinter would really want. The frame has been designed with aero-aware ports for internal cable routing that will accommodate either a mechanical or electronic groupset. It will also come with two headset spacer options, one for zero stack height, and one for a 16mm stack height in case you’re not as flexible as you used to be. The seatpost gets some aero love with the tensioning bolt sunken into the top tube and covered with a clever little carbon cover. The seatpost kit allows for micro adjustability of the saddle, with a choice between 0mm and 18mm offset.
The fact that this is essentially a pure racing machine with disc brakes makes it a bit of a fish out of water in terms of the professional peloton, but guarantees it will become the most high-quality, utilitarian bike you’ll likely ever ride. You could even make this an all-round gravel grinder if you wanted since you can easily fit 28mm tires on this baby. You’ll never need to turn around when you hit the gravel trail again. The thru axles will assure a secure setup and the frame has been specially layered to accommodate the different braking forces that discs cause. That accounts for the minimally heavier frame when compared to the rim brake version. But we’re talking only a few grams at most since without paint the NK1K disc brake version still only weighs 1150 grams.
The Cipollini NK1K comes in seven different sizes, from XXS to XXL. Made entirely in Italy, it is the sort of bike that you can feel proud to be riding, while just owning one will motivate you to up your own game.
Frame: T1000.M46J carbon
Fork: T1000 carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru 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: Disc
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 43.5cm XXS | 45.5cm XS | 47.5cm SM | 49.5cm MD | 51.5cm LG | 53.5cm XL | 55.5cm XXL |
Colors: Anthracite, Naked Gold, Orange Fluo, White, Italian Champion, Black Deca Anthracite, Camouflage Green Yellow, Camouflage Grey, MYCIPOLLINI (special order)
Weight: 1150g | 2.54lbs