Founded in 1947 by Milan – San Remo winner Cino Cinelli, the brand became world renowned for handlebars and stems, as well as the highly sought-after Supercorsa frameset which went on to win road race gold at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
In 1978, the company was sold to a young Antonio Colombo, owner of Columbus tubing, who saw in Cinelli the technical perfection of the most efficient and graceful form of transport ever invented. His goal was to communicate this Utopian perfection to the greater public. His tool: Design.
Over the next 30 years Colombo introduced a highly contemporary, bold and playful quality to Cinelli’s products, connecting the world of competitive cycling to the world of Design and lifestyle for the first time in history, developing Rampichino, the Europe’s first mountain bikes, the unforgettable Laser frame series, Alter, Integralter, Grammo, Passatore and many, many, others.
Cinelli continues in this vein today, beautiful design is combined with technical and engineering excellence using the latest technology in steel, carbon and aluminium materials to craft unforgettable framesets.
Superstar – all day long endurance
The Superstar is Cinelli’s cutting-edge carbon fiber re-interpretation of the mythical Italian stage-racing bicycle that is the brand’s heritage and DNA.
Unlike other brands who each year offer bicycles with ever increasingly narrow scope of use, Cinelli, when developing the Superstar, obsessed over the way in which the inherent qualities of carbon fiber and its manufacturing processes could be employed to produce an aggressively contemporary version of the legendary versatility of the Italian Grand Tour ride quality i.e. the intelligent balance of low-weight, aggressive handling over highly varied terrain and long-distance riding comfort.
From the all season Semper, through to the VBO, and the Columbus Steel Vigorelli, Cinelli has road heritage that few can match, all combined with Italian class and style.
First produced in 1981, Antonio Colombo found inspiration for the Laser on a trip to Japan where he saw a French aerodynamic bicycle with webbing between the tube junctions. Realising he needed very thin metal to wrap around the tubes, he ended up using the boot assembly on a Fiat Cinquecento which offered the necessary strength.
It went on to inspire a generation of “Lo-Pro” framesets, and thus cemented its status as an iconic frame design. Nearly 40 years on, the Laser retains its traditional form, utilising high grade carbon fibre.