Zullo Inqubo frameset
Tiziano Zullo has been building steel frames out of his workshop on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy for more than 40 years, so you’d be forgiven for thinking the creation of this frame – the Inqubo – was a simple process for a man of his experience. Not so.
‘Inqubo comes from the Italian “incubo”, which means nightmare,’ says Roger Graver of Velorution, Zullo’s UK distributor. ‘When Zullo developed the shapes of the tubes with Dedacciai they found it so hard to get right that he exclaimed, “questo è un incubo!” [this is a nightmare] and the name stuck.’
The Inqubo uses Dedacciai’s Eom 16.5 tubes, which have a slightly squared-off profile on the top tube and chainstays, and a bi-ovalised down tube to create a very stiff but lightweight steel frameset that’s designed for racing.
‘All too often in races, carbon can fracture under crash impact,’ says Graver. ‘Zullo has found that this frame is perfect for those who have lost confidence in carbon – it’s very robust.’
The Inqubo is with us for a full review so look out for our thoughts in an upcoming issue.