Cipollini launched a new time trial bike called the Nuke at Eurobike, and here it is in all its glory. If you’ve not yet seen the promo for it yet, take a look; it manages to be completely over the top and yet still cool! Kind of.
The Nuke, available by special order only, joins the existing RB1000 TT time trial bike in the Cipollini lineup, but the two bikes are very different in shape.
The Nuke’s frame and fork are made from T800 and T1000 carbon fibre with reinforcements in 1K. Two versions are available: track and road. The track version gets a BB386 bottom bracket while the road version is BSA (threaded).
The monocoque fork features an integrated brake, while the rear brake is similarly hidden away just behind the bottom bracket (this applies just to the road version, there being no brakes on the track model, of course). The chainstays are sculpted so that the brake actually sits within them.
The other clever feature is the integrated stem which allows internal cables to pass through. It also provides 12mm of height adjustment. The whole of the front end flips around to achieve this.
The Nuke is built up with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS (electronic) groupset with a Campag Bora Ultra 80 wheel on the front and a Bora Ultra TT full carbon disc on the back.
The five-minute ad has been around for three weeks now and it has a thriller-type vibe to it with Super Mario himself in the starring role, naturally. He’s not short of ego, that fella (okay, that's not news). We can’t quite make out whether Cipollini are being serious here or whether it’s tongue in cheek. Either way, the vid is worth a watch. Goodness knows how many Nukes Cipollini need to sell to cover the production costs.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.