MCipollini, the bike brand of now retired sprint ace Mario Cipollini, has launched a new road bike called the Lògos that is cheaper than the existing RB1000 and RB800. Admittedly, that’s not saying much because those two road bikes, available in various builds, are super-expensive.
The Lògos is a monocoque made from T700 carbon whereas the RB1000 and the RB800 are both made from T1000 M46J. T700 is still a high-quality material, used by many other manufacturers, and the fork is made from the same stuff.
Cipollini say, “We worked hard to keep production costs down without sacrificing quality; it was a monumental effort but we succeeded: the “fruit of reason” is the logic behind inimitable champions like the RB1000 and RB800.”
Hmm. Maybe it's lost something in the translation. Anyway, the point is, it’s going to be cheaper than the existing options, but we’ve got nothing more specific than that on the price at the moment.
The frame weight of the Lògos, according to Cipollini, is 1,200g. That’s for an unpainted medium size. The geometry is slightly different from that of either the RB1000 and RB800, most notably in that the head tube is a little longer and the top tube a little shorter. It’s not like Cipollini have gone all ‘sit-up-and-beg’, though; that head tube is still only 170mm on the large sized frame. It’s just that they’re marketing this as a ‘universal’ road bike…
Universal is open to interpretation; don’t expect to fit mudguards to this beast for the ride into work. It’s more that non-pro racers might be tempted to consider it. This is still a high-performance bike with features like an integrated seat post, internal cabling, BB30 bottom bracket…
The Lògos in available in several different versions including a Shimano Ultegra Di2-equipped model with a Pro Vibe carbon cockpit and FFWD Top Carbon tubular wheels.
Cipollini have a new monocoque T1000 track bike too, called Speed. It comes in just one build with FFWD Track wheels, a 3T cockpit and an FSA Pista crankset.
For all the details go to www.mcipollini.com/en/.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.