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Cipollini Speed Track Frameset - Medium/High(287)
Cipollini takes to the track with the Speed Frameset. Speed is the only way to take the track. And it takes the banked oval as only Super Mario can, with style and strength. Like Mario, it's a product of Italy, with everything starting from vision and ending up with paint, taken care of in a land that has breathed bike racing for more than 100 years.
Track bikes are amongst the most straightforward of the bike world. They're about going fast and turning left. Compliance is not an issue on the track, as the riding surface varies between smooth and glassy. All day riding comfort is not an issue because track races are over in a time that varies between seconds and minutes, so the bike should be stiff all around. The bike should put you in a fast position. And the bike should be fast itself because every gram shaved gets you there faster. That's why Cipollini utilizes Toray's T1000.M46J high-modulus carbon plies in the frame and fork and oversized bearings with a tapered steerer and an extended seat tube that mates to an included proprietary seat post: any lateral give is energy wasted. The Speed has been shaped to slip though the wind. The nosecone head tube, the fork crown meeting up with the down tube, the down tube reaching down to curve around the fork, the rear wheel tucked almost inside the seat tube, and the seat stays lowered and lengthened to smooth air flow around the wheel, it's all about parting the air and moving it around without disruptions.
The bike's geometry has also been tweaked for speed. The head tube is super short, stopping at least 25mm (exact number depends on the frame size) shy of the top tube's high point. This way, you don't need a negative stem to get a low position. And if that's too low, 25mm of spacers still leaves the stem looking slammed to most people. The wheelbase is tight, with the rear wheel tucked so close to the seat tube that it's almost interfering with the bottom bracket. Cipollini is also aware that people have different ideas about how track bikes should handle. This is why they actually offer two size runs of the Speed, one with 51mm of bottom bracket drop (alto), the other with 63mm of bottom bracket drop (basso). Pursuiters, people who race longer tracks will prefer the stability of the basso's bottom bracket, while sprinters and those who ride short tracks will probably opt for better pedal clearance of the alto. There are a few nods to convention on the Speed. Both are extremely practical. The first is the threaded English bottom bracket standard. The second is the built-in dial-adjusters found on the rear fork tips. These make sure that the wheel rests in the same spot every time and won't slip forward when you're exploding out of a standing start. The Cipollini Speed Frameset it's what turns a track racer into a missile.
This Frame has been pre-built and ridden for a Cipollini demo event at Anna Meares Velodrome. Priced to reflect usage. SPECIFICATIONS Bottom Bracket: BSA Threaded Frame Material: Toray's T1000.M46J HM Carbon Fork: Cipollini Speed Carbon Headset: FSA 1 1/8" Integrated Seatpost: Cipollini Speed Carbon