We have a second Italian brand making it’s debut at Cycle Right this year, Cipollini. Starting with the Bond pictured below, we will be offering various frames from the range including the NK1K.
Mario Cipollini was a renown pro sprinter who racked up 191 victories starting back in 1989 and finishing with his last professional win in 2005. His colourful personality was enhanced by encouraging certain nicknames like “Cipo”, “Lion King” and “Pretty Mario”. Mario’s extravagant skinsuits were always a talking point and included a muscle suit, zebra, tiger print and techno suit inspired by the movie Tron. Controversy was never far from the flamboyant rider. Whether he was angering Tour de France officials by refusing to attempt mountain stages, being fined by the TDU organisers for wearing an all-yellow outfit while leading (now common practice) or arriving for the start of the a tour in a roman chariot dressed as Julius Caesar.
Cipollini began developing bikes after retirement and his “larger than life” personality have been reflected in this brand. Cipollini’s monocoque frames have tended to be super stiff, with the Bond the company have moved towards creating a bike that is more comfortable.
Bond refers to the construction system used in this bike. A front monocoque triangle is “bonded” to the chainstays and seatstay using a patented process called AtomlinkTM. According to Cipollini this makes the the bike comfortable despite retaining the aggressive, rigid nature of their monocoque frames.
The Bond is only available as a frameset, so the choice of components are up to you.