Zullo In­qubo frame­set

£2,295, veloru­tion.com

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

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.

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