We take a close look at the MCipollini bike ridden by none other than the man himself - Mario Cipollini. While he no longer races professionally, both he and his bike still look quite fast. We were able to catch Mario and his bike during a trip to the United States to watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Known as one of the greatest sprinters of all-time, Mario has an impressive resume: former World Champion, winner of Milan San Remo, and countless stage wins in grand tours. He was known for putting down massive amounts of power on flat stages, a flamboyant style, and superior skill with the ladies.
These days, 'Cipo' maintains a rigorous training schedule, and also works as an adviser for the Farnese Vini-Selle Italia team (who ride his frames). The bikes themselves are said to be uniquely crafted in Italy - these are not your typical off-the-shelf frames from Asia.
Enjoy this look at the steed of a champion. More information can be found at the company's website:
That's a fast-looking bike.
No mistaking who this bike belongs to.
You read correctly: a 140mm stem. Note the custom-made top cap.
So close to being a full slam.
Mario's view of the giant stem.
He even gets a custom SRM head unit. They say that this will soon be an option for all consumers.
The Campagnolo EPS junction box sits neatly beneath the stem.
All wiring exits near the bottom bracket shell.
This frame is made for BB30, and requires an adapter for Campagnolo cranks.
Cipo uses a Campagnolo SRM system...
...in 175mm length.
That's one interesting saddle.
He even has custom Lightweight wheels.
700x23mm Vittoria Corsa CX tubular tires... and it looks like someone has been cornering hard on these things.
Too cool for a saddle bag? Get a faux bottle repair kit.
The details matter - this is a front derailleur braze-on that adjusts the effective seat tube angle to dial in perfect front shifting.
Cipo likes flat hoods.
Those are some smooth lines.