HIGHEST BB EVER: Raised bottom bracket to allow continuous pedaling through every curve.
STEEL IS BACK TO COMPETE: The frame allows for unique weight distribution that only steel can produce, thanks to the advanced management of the steel tube thickness. Extremely reactive geometry to minimize energy dispersion.
The Cinelli Vigorelli Steel – introduced to the public in 2017 after more than a year of development and testing with Team Cinelli Chrome – is the first production bike in the world designed specifically for fixed gear criteriums. It is characterized above all by its extraordinary handling abilities in technical racing conditions.
At the heart of the Vigorelli Steel’s precise race handling, are two distinguishing innovations:
- a re-tuned, fixed-gear crit specific, track geometry. The new geometry features a higher bottom bracket and increased fork rake, further reducing toe overlap and providing a more stable ride quality; a response to ever higher race speeds at events such as the Red Hook Criterium.
- the use of Columbus Cromolly steel tubing for the frame’s construction. Steel is soul of the new Vigorelli’s performance. The naturally superior elasticity of Columbus’s cold-drawn steel allows for the frame to better absorb vibrations and other disturbances from the road’s surface, particularly in moments when the frame is subject to the greatest deformation and stress (in the three stages of cornering).
Practically speaking, competitive riders will immediately draw confidence from the absence of the notorious “oversteering” usually associated with technical cornering of track bikes and the way in which, in deceleration leading into a corner, the rear wheel skips and skids less, “hugging” the surface of the road more completely, thus improving rider control.
|Taglie (c-f) / Sizes|
XS (47) - S (50) - M (53) - L (56) - XL (59)
|Telaio / frame
COLUMBUS Thron tubeset
|Serie sterzo / headset|
ZS 44/28.6 | EC 44/40
|Reggisella / Seat Post
|Stringisella / Seat Clamp|
|Scatola movimento / BB standard
|Deragliatore Anteriore / Ft. derailleur|
|Passaggio cavi / Cable routing
Front Fork brake / Rear brake internal routing
|Colore / Color|
|Passaggio ruota / Tire clearance
up to 700x28c
|Forcella / Fork|
COLUMBUS Fel 1-1/8” - 1-1/2”
|Peso / Weight
Frame 1900g / Fork 350g (uncut)
|Standard freni / Brakes standard|
Standard road caliper
|Interasse mozzi/Hub spacing
Front QR 100mm Rear QR 120mm
|Frame Kit/Kit Telaio |
Seat Clamp / Headset - Expander
|Caratteristiche / Features
Criterium competition geometry / Holographic painting
“A high performance carbon or aluminum frame enters into a corner with a lot of precision and is able to hold its trajectory on perfect lines. But in our races you don’t have perfect lines. An overly stiff bicycle doesn’t allow for subtle changes of direction. A steel bicycle, on the other hand, is different. It lives for the feedback that the road gives it. It’s a bike that allows for the error.”
Alessandro Bruzza, founding Team Cinelli Chrome member
“I’m not a particularly skinny rider so I’ve probably got a little bit more power than riders who are lighter than me and this frame allows me to transfer all my power onto the pedals before the end of the corner without risking that the bike slips or jumps around on the inconsistencies of the asphalt given by a grate or ledge.”
Ivan Ravioli, Team Cinelli Chrome, Red Hook Criterium Series Champion 2015
“We can now enter a corner much faster, and for less powerful riders like me it’s an advantage because I don’t perceive the reduced stiffness relative to aluminum, so my power isn’t dispersed and cornering I can brake later and ride through faster. I slow down less than the others and waste less effort. Essentially I’m able to “rest” during the corner and re-launch out of it fresher.”
Paolo Bravini, founding member Team Cinelli Chrome
Riders currently racing on the Vigorelli Alu can note the subtle but significant changes which have been made to the geometries of the new Vigorelli Steel. These are experimental geometries in so much as they are geometries that have never existed before, developed specifically for a new cycling discipline: Fixed Gear Criteriums.