CINELLI SUPERSTAR DISC
A star turn
The monocoque Columbus high modulus carbon fibre frameset is claimed to weigh 970g, with a 440g fork, which is a more than acceptable weight, smacking of durability over crash dieting. Its beefy head-tube area and broad shouldered fork, oversized, six-sided down-tube, 86.5mm wide press-fit bottom bracket shell and chunky asymmetric chainstays ensure excellent torsional rigidity.
Thru-axles further increase efficiency, not only perfectly aligning the disc brakes for maximum braking effect, but keeping the bike tracking accurately through technical turns. The slimming, kinked top-tube is said to brace the head-tube during extreme sprint-type efforts, something that’s almost impossible to assess. But dropped seatstays are a recognised method of multiplying seated comfort, and along with the
27.2mm carbon seatpost and 28mm tyres, help soak up the majority of broken road vibrations. Front end comfort is good , with bigger hits being damped sufficiently.
Our large frame fitted like a conventional 56cm, its 16cm headtube giving options for racers and cruisers alike, but this bike wants to be set loose, and displays a great turn of speed when pushed, which isn’t hard to sustain. While it lacks the ultimate zing of BMC’S Roadmachine for example, the much cheaper Superstar Disc is extremely capable, comfortable and quick, with great all-day or bunched race ability, and those unique looks.
Italian flare in a modern machine