Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The Future of the Laser: Cinelli Hyperion, 1992
This story courtesy of CINELLI (Gruppo S.r.l.).
In 1992 the Cinelli Hyperion appeared in the Cinelli catalog. This was to be the Laser of the future. The Cinelli Hyperion was a sophisticated experiment in the development of the use of sheets of 3-2.5 titanium grade that would be molded around the tubeset joints and then welded. The goal was to reach a level of rigidity that could compete with steel with a weight saving that would not be insignificant. These methods led to the development of the legendary Cinelli Grammo stem (110g in 1992!).
"When Cinelli introduces a new material or a new construction technique the product is reviewed and redesigned to take advantage of the new possibilities offered, and in complete freedom. Thus, the Laser has an image of a very special bicycle, 'rationalized' for performance while at the same time being faithful to the fundamental lines of the frame but but re-proposed in a more clear and focused form."
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