£7276.61 › Italian style meets innovation. “It just works,”says tech writer Robin
Italian style meets innovation in technical writer Robin Wilmott’s test of his Cinelli Superstar Disc. Campagnolo’s Record EPS hydraulic disc groupset looms large.
Irst rode Campagnolo’s hydraulic disc brakes in early 2017, and was keen to run them long term as soon as I could. It took until early 2018 to get hold of a groupset with disc brakes, and Campagnolo specialists Chicken Cycles helped me build it in to a bike.
Campy’s disc calipers are universal across all of their compatible groupsets, but I chose the H11 Record EPS version , which comprises over half the bike’s cost. It’s a celebration of carbon, from the ergonomic levers to that four-arm spider and parts of both derailleurs .
The impressive groupset sat beautifully upon Cinelli’s Superstar Disc frameset, which has even more historical reference for a rider like me, who fell in love with bike racing in the 80s. Back then frames were steel, often using Reynolds or Columbus tubes, and seeing the Columbus name on this Cinelli is a little nostalgic, even if there’s little beyond the name to connect the eras. Cinelli claim 970g and 440g weights for frame and fork, respectively, which are pretty reasonable, as is the bike’s 7.94kg.
It doesn’t end there thanks to a Cinelli carbon bar, stem and seatpost, and even a pair of Cinelli Harry’s carbon cages I had in a cupboard. Campagnolo’s light, aluminium Shamal Disc wheelset is responsive and bombproof. Fitted with Schwalbe 28mm tyres, it maximises the frame’s clearances to deliver a plush ride. Topped with a Prologo Zero II saddle and my usual Time pedals, the Cinelli is a comfortable place for sharp blasts or long days out. The EPS shifting is sublimely swift, and the brakes are at least the equal of any of its current competitors.
SPECIFICATION Weight 7.94kg (54cm) Frame Columbus HM carbon Fork Columbus Futura Disc carbon Gears Campagnolo H11 Record EPS Disc, 52/36, 11-27 Brakes Campagnolo hydraulic disc Wheels Campagnolo Shamal Ultra Disc Finishing kit Cinelli Neos carbon bars, stem and seatpost; Prologo Zero II saddle; Schwalbe Pro One 28mm tyres; Cinelli Harry’s carbon bottle cage; K-Edge mount The EPS shifting is sublime, while the Cinelli frameset’s a comfortable place for both sharp blasts and long days out 1 2