The Experience offers incredible frame stiffness and a supple ride quality at a very competitive price. The frame utilizes a triple butted aluminum tubeset with a massively oversized down tube and conical, oversized seat tube for extra bottom bracket stiffness. These features all add up to a frame that punches far above its weight class.
Strengths: Beauty is unparalleled, stiffness and responsiveness to acceleration - no lag whatsoever. Sturdiness makes her perfect for training.
Weaknesses: Paint job on the Electric Blue model is matte finish - no protective clearcoat. This is the only model with the matte finish. Some paint chipping has occurred on the chainstay, bottom bracket (from dropped chain), and fork. I sprayed a thorough layer of gloss clearcoat over the frame to mitigate further chipping. Now she's glossy and even more beautiful - color more vibrant now.
I ordered the Electric Blue model of this frame; and it is absolutely beautiful - turns heads everywhere. Campagnolo Veloce groupset, Mavic Aksium wheels were mated with the frame. With instant response to acceleration and great stiffness, the Xperience thrills me every time I mount her.
On long rides (80+ km) the aluminum frame does transmit enough road buzz to make me fantasize about carbon. This is not a light frame, but very sturdy and responsive - perfect for sprinting and training.
Ok, I've got the 2012 Xperience and thinking of getting the 2014 and using the 2012 for winter/bad weather riding(I put a few scratches on the rear triangle when me and ice didn't see eye to eye where I wanted to go! The bike is fantastic for what it is...An aluminum frame that is sort of weighty. ... Read More »
Was looking at a Cinelli Xperience frame and had heard that some of the older frame likes the proxima were too harsh for long rides. The Proxima used a Columbus Link for while the Xperience uses a Columbus Tusk fork... is the ride smooth enough for longer rides? My weekend rides are typically 50 ... Read More »