The 80’s and 90’s were a wild time for track bikes as design teams competed for gains through technological innovation. Cinelli was right there in the melee shaving power loss through aerodynamic design in partnership with Columbus tubing. The resulting Cinelli Laser changed bicycle design forever, winning more track world championships and Olympic gold medals than any other bicycle in the history of the sport. Andrea Pesenti’s hand-hammered steel gussets curved elegantly between tube junctions producing a fluid, edgeless art that slid through the air and whose DNA can be seen in all of today’s curvy carbon racing machines. Antonio Colombo brought vision and fidelity to art in design. Paolo Erzegovesi brought revolutionary engineering through liberation from lugs telling him where tubing should intersect and at what angle. These customizations nudged riders over the finish line first and set off raging bike crushes on Lasers that some of us never recovered from.
Where do I even begin here? At first, I thought Chris brought back the 2013 NAHBS track bike I photographed, and then I thought it was his personal blue track bike, stripped raw since it has the same Drillium Revival stem. Upon closer examination, this is true-to-form Chris Bishop doing his thing with the simplest form of bicycle. I just got off the phone with Chris Bishop where we spent a good forty-five minutes discussing this bike. There’s a lot going on with this “simple” machine so let’s get to it!
NY-based artist Futura has teamed up with Cinelli and the Bicycle Film Festival on two key pieces of riding kit for the summer months. Futura’s “Spiral” design has been added to Cinelli’s cycling caps and tech tees and are in stock now at the Bicycle Film Festival’s web shop.
Over the years, Cinelli has addressed trends within the cycling industry and their latest is the King Zydeco frameset, an update to the original Zydeco which was launched a decade ago. A lot has changed in ten years. Back then ‘cross bikes were “gravel” bikes and disc brakes on drop bar bikes were still working out all the kinks.
The King Zydeco has tire clearance on-par with other offerings in the field. The frameset’s double dropped chainstays allow for a 700 x 40mm or 27.5 x 2.1″ tire.
There’s also a double rake feature, thanks to the Columbus Futura fork and with a claimed frame+fork weight coming in around 1550 grams, the Zydeco is designed to be a race-ready machine. With all these features, you can build this up to suit your specific needs. The above photo of the complete bike is only for reference. ;-) Check out more at Cinelli’s USA website.
-Headset: IS 42 / 28.6 | IS 52/40
-Seat Post: 27.2mm
-Seat Clamp: 31,8mm
-BB Shell: BB386EVO 86.5mm
-F/Derailleur: Clamp 31,8mm
-Cable Routing: Internal – Di2/EPS Compatible
-Tire Clearance: up to 700x42C / 27.5×2.1 Inches
-Fork: COLUMBUS Futura CROSS 1-1/8″ – 1-1/2″ Tapered Carbon Monocoque
-Weight: Frame 1000g (size M) – Fork 550g
-Brake: Flat mount disc brake, rotor size up to 160mm
-Dropouts St: Rear TA 12x142mm, Front TA 12x100mm
-Frame Kit: Extra Hanger / Di2/EPS cable inserts / Front & Rear skewer
Continuing our coverage from the third annual Cub House Bike Show and Swap…
Chuck is a lifelong cyclist. He runs and owns Velo-Retro but spent his life as a graphic designer who worked on many classic cycling logos, including the Eddy Merckx logo and others. That’s a whole different story altogether, hopefully, to be told another time. Right now let’s focus on this beautiful example of a pristine 1960’s Cinelli Super Corsa.
Chrome and REI came together with a selection of contemporary artists and matching them with charities for a custom frame auction. It’s called Frames for Good. The proceeds of each frame will be donated to a charity of each artists’ choosing. The auction begins April 27th at 6:00pm EST to May 7th at 6:00pm EST, so head to Frames for Good to see more.
Is it still a work bike, if you don’t spend your work days riding it around delivering packages? What about riding to the bar? Or errands? Or even hitting some singletrack after work and finishing off a beer. Even a 32oz. The latest Golden Saddle Rides is a Mash Cinelli Work frame that has been powder coated clear red and built with around-town functionality in mind. Here in Los Angeles, even around town means you can ride some dirt on the way. Wide Answer bars, and Continental TravelContact tires should have given that away. While these framesets come with cantilever bosses, this build is set up brakeless with a fixed drivetrain. The front bosses were utlized however, to mount a Nitto rack, which holds a Wald basket and one of those nifty Monkey Wrench Cycles bags.
The Arundel Looney Bins are great and make for interesting prop placement in this photoshoot…
If you want a custom build like this and live in Los Angeles, hit up Golden Saddle Cyclery.
… more Red Hook Crit videos are coming in!
Golden Saddle Rides: Golden Saddle Rides: Cinelli White Collar Work Bike
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson
While the success of the Cinelli and San Francisco-based brand Mash may lie in their Histogram and other aluminum frame collaborations, the Work frameset was the first frameset that really plucked a heart string with me. When a frame rolled its way through the doors of Golden Saddle Cyclery, it hit hard with co-owner Kyle Kelley, who insisted we feature it on the site.
What’s not to love about these machines? Raw, clear-coated steel with red-inlayed machining, options to run it as a fixed gear or SSCX bike (or a FGCX bike!) with canti brakes, internal routing and a nice, level top tube.
Cinelli and Mash have done a lot of great things over the years, but I’ll always remember this bike…
Nickalas’ work is something that you simply cannot grasp from photos. The detail is insane. It wasn’t until I saw one of these prints hanging up in the Cub House this weekend that I fully grasped his talent. You too can own one of these triptych prints of Greg Lemond’s prized Jaune Cinelli Supercorsa, or perhaps one of his other prints. The above painting measures 20 5/8″ x 42″, is signed by both Greg Lemond and the artist with an edition number of 60.
Head to Nickalas Blades’ online store for more details.
The work of Ana Benaroya is unique to say the least. We’ve seen her custom Cinelli track bike and her socks already, but her Cyclops Bar Tape is by far my favorite in Cinelli’s artist collaboration series yet. See more at the Winged Store. Don’t forget to see her cycling cap as well!
Artist Stevie Gee is no stranger to Cinelli. His illustrations have adorned many of the Italian brand’s products over the years, yet I feel like these new caps might be his best work yet. The Look Out and High Flyers caps are in stock now at the Winged Store, so fly over and check out more.
Here’s a video showcasing women in the cycling industry. This episode features Alessandra from Cinelli, Alex from Findra and Sarah from Cyclehack.
Amsterdam-based Wit Industries recently collaborated with Cinelli on one of their Fender Bender collapsable fenders. Made in house, at a local printed in Holland, these are now available at the Cinelli Winged Store.
I always love watching the process that goes into a hand-painted frame like this. Swanksi‘s got a great style!
Patrick Seabase, the track bike mountain bomber takes to a Cinelli Strato Faster road bike atop the Etna Volcano.
Kenjitsu’s 2015 Cinelli MASH Parallax
Some builds come together quickly, while others are more of a slow roast. This one falls into the latter category: a collection of carefully matched parts coming together over a few months. The wait was worth it, though, and Kenjitsu’s (known as 21 Ninjas on Instagram) Parallax project has finally come to fruition with everything in its place.
The simplicity of track bikes is no doubt what led many of us down the road of parts upgrades, but Kenjitsu’s bike goes beyond simply matching colors for the sake of it. The Campy Record Pista crankset and Izumi chain are classic track bling, but this build is firmly situated in the modern era with the Cadence x Ritchey C260 stem, Cinelli NEOS carbon bar and post, and MASH x San Marco Concor rounding out the contact points.
However, it’s the wheels that stand out here. The purple Phil Wood Tsunami Relief hubs – set #02 of five – feature artwork by Wakako from Blue Lug laser engraved by Grayson Yokota. The 90mm flanges are laced to H Plus Son Archetype 32 hole rims via Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes, making for a truly drool-worthy wheelset.
Kenjitsu capped off the build with a purple Radavist top cap and a pair of NOS Time ATAC World Champion Carbon MTB pedals. Look for Kenjitsu and the Parallax on the streets of Vancouver this spring!
Full build spec:
2015 Charcoal Cinelli MASH Parallax 54cm
H Plus Son 32h Archetype
Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes
Continental Grand Prix 4 Season 23mm
Phil Wood & Co. purple anodized Limited Edition Tsunami Relief 90mm Track Hub Set #02/05
Phil Wood & Co. Track Cog 15t
Campagnolo Record Pista Track Crankset 49t
Campagnolo Record Pista cartridge BB
Izumi Track Chain
NOS Time ATAC World Champion Carbon MTB Pedals
Cinelli NEOS Carbon Seat Post
Selle San Marco MASH Concor Saddle
Ritchey x Cadence Airflow C260 Stem
Cinelli NEOS Carbon drop bars
Radavist purple anodized top cap