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£7276.61 › Ital­ian style meets in­no­va­tion. “It just works,”says tech writer Robin

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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 [1], 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 [2].

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

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