Showing posts with label RB1000. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RB1000. Show all posts

Monday, December 13, 2010

Giovanni Visconti and His MCipollini RB1000


Giovanni Visconti of Farnese-Neri (known as ISD-Neri in 2010) has been been training on his new, matte black, MCipollini RB1000. Visconti is the current Italian national road champion.

You can read a review, from French magazine CycleSport with English translation, of the RB1000 here.

"Giovanni Visconti will be at the start of the 2011 Giro d’Italia, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy,” Zomegnan has said. “We could not be without the tricolour jersey in this edition of the corsa rosa. It will be in Sicily on May 15 for a beautiful stage, and it is only right that Visconti be there, as together with [Vincenzo] Nibali and the other 15 professionals from the region, he is doing Italy’s largest island proud.”

The Farnese-Neri team will use Shimano Di2 and "Lightweight" brand wheels.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

CycleSport: MCipollini RB1000 is "Bellissimo", Part II



Thanks to Jerome we have a translation of the key points of the review that appeared in CycleSport, a French magazine:


"Frame and Tubes: Unique

One can quickly understand why the RB1000 price tag is so expensive. In reality, this is the only true complete monocoque frame on the market. Usually, the frames labeled monocoque have a front triangle to which the rear triangle is connected. With the Cipollini the complete frame is built as a single piece thanks to a unique mould for the 2 triangles, very complex to engineer and costing a fortune. With such a design the precision must be total and any error can not be forgiven. Furthermore, the shapes designed by engineers are not making the job any easier. We cannot speak about tubes but rather about non-typical shapes. The frame is oversized everywhere! We can almost believe we possess a time trial bike. But no, it's a road bike for sure. The steering, for instance, is oversized with a top diameter of 1 1/4" and the bottom 1 1/2". The fiber used for the frame is a T1000, quite unique. The objective is clear: maximum rigidity for maximum efficiency! 7 sizes available.

Behavior: On another planet
Quite logically, the RB1000 is not suitable for a cycling tourist. As Mario told us: "the bikes are made as for for myself". Needless to say they are not for the crowd. Effectively, right at the start of pedaling, the RB1000 communicates clearly that fit legs are required. The frame is ultra-rigid and the accuracy in selecting the right gears must be perfect. But the ride is thrilling, it's impossible to describe. The throughput is impressive and the feelings explode. Paired with wheels like the Lightweight Ventoux, the RB1000 is a real bomb! We pedaled stronger and stronger until no more watts remained. Because the RB1000 is not forgiving of slowing down. It cannot be considered a downside as the pleasure is so great. Another nice surprise is the comfort. Against all odds, the RB1000 delivers good vertical comfort.

Eventually our tour ended and that's the only regret, back on earth…."

The only negative was for price: 12,100 euro as tested. btw, I've never seen an RB1000 with two water bottle cages...has anyone?

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Procycling Magazine Wishlist: MCipollini RB1000



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

CycleSport: MCipollini RB1000 is "Bellissimo"




French magazine CycleSport was very impressed with the RB1000 from Mario Cipollini calling it "Bellissimo". The only negative was for price: 12,100 euro as tested. btw, I've never seen an RB1000 with two water bottle cages...has anyone?

I'd welcome any French language readers to supply a brief translation focusing on the key points of the of the article (click on photos to enlarge).

ICJ Reader contribution contest will run 1 January to 15 February, 2011. Details here.

Stories for the Italian Cycling Journal about rides, granfondos, having a good time cycling in Italy, Italian cycling history, etc. are very welcome. Contact me at veronaman@gmail.com. There are more than 1,600 stories in this blog. The search feature to the right works best for finding subjects in the blog. There is also an Italian weather widget along the right side and a translate button at the bottom so you can translate each page. What I'm riding.