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: Cool look and clean lines... Unique as well. Not a huge popular or known brand here in Canada so you're not going to see another one on the road. Geometry is pretty classic and more upright and can be set up for long rides. Vibrations that normally occur on aluminum frames were pretty much non existent with a carbon seat post, forks and bars... Cool colour scheme on mine... Blue, red and white...
Weaknesses: Definitely not a light frame. Those on here that claim weight as a strength might not know what else is out there. Mine weighs in at just over 18 lbs with a power2Max Crankset and super light wheels. I've built this as a winter frame so the weight is not an issue for me... I'll stick with Carbon frames for the summer and Fondo's...
All in all, a good package and I'd rate it a bit higher if Cinelli could have done something about the weight. The finish on it is awesome and it rides nice with my Mavics and shifts like butter with a lower end Campy groupset. I'm not sure why you would put anything but Campy on this Frame!!!!????
I'd call this a touring frame or an entry level frame. Not a competitive frame but unique though. If you don't want to be on what everyone else is riding, this would be a good option. My wheels are light already and I could probably go nuts with lighter components and get it to 17 lbs or perhaps mid 16's but I'm not sure if this is the right frame for that purpose. Good all rounder though...
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2013
Strengths: stable, manoeuvrable, 10/10 on the grin count
Weaknesses: Could be lighter, but never a real problem or weakness.
rode this bike 850 miles through France in 2012, lovely all the way, not uncomfortable as you would think, as long as you get a professional fit. Did me proud on the French roads, and hike all around the UK, never a problem, and when you wind it up, it is very responsive
Strengths: Light, stiff, looks real purdy, an awesome value
Weaknesses: It's not a weakness, but it's not a comfort bike. If you leave the steer tube a bit long, you can get the bars up for a more comfortable long distance set up. While I have more comfortable bikes, I'd consider taking this bike on a century.
I built this bike up with SRAM Rival and Ultegra/Open pro wheels, and it's really a nice match. The wheels ride nice, and the frame gives the bike all the response a guy could need. The paint is gorgeous, and so are the welds. I built the bike up to be my criterium racer, and it is just that. The handling is very quick, it corners well, and when it's time to stand and deliver it's solid and goes like hell.
Strengths: Stiff, Smooth & it's a Cinelli.. C'mon now =)
Weaknesses: Not the lightest aluminum frameset, but it's way worth it!
I own a 2010 Cinelli Xperience "XL" White and Black. This model does NOT have the internal cable routing(s). Needless to say, I've been riding the Xperience for 4 months now and did a Century race on it and I felt that the "aggressive" geometry wasn't a problem. In fact, this bike is super comfortable. I did 100 miles and I didn't even notice anything but leg pain from being tired. It really isn't one of the lighter aluminum framesets out in the market- but Cinelli has a very good product line and I will be a returning customer.
Other info : I'm 155 lbs @ 6'1 (on a good day) w/ 172.5 crank arms and it fits well.
I'm sure if I went down to a size L , it'd be in more of an aggressive fit because I already have the saddle put high-ish//
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: January 6, 2012
Strengths: - Super stiff and strong
- Out of the saddle efforts are immediately rewarded
Weaknesses: - Minor paint chips, nothing too bad
- The aggressive geometry might tire some riders
First time I saw it, I was pretty impressed. The 2008 frame had sleek looks, nice paint scheme (I have the red black white one), decent price for an aluminum bike, a beautiful Italian bike. It has race geometry, but this is better suited to training rides. Coupled with Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels, I push it every ride, even crashing a couple of times cause I didn't bother to check my speed! It's very comfortable yet stiff, useful for sprint training. I do have some issues with paint chips, but I think it lends a bit of character. Planning a biking epic? This bike is just perfect for that. Depending on how you set it up, it can either be very aggressive, or more distance-oriented. Overall, this bike will never let you down, able to take quite a beating, even couple o' crashes, and still run like new (provided you maintain it well).
Just wanted to relay a positive experience I had dealing with Shimano warranty directly (i.e., not through a bike shop.) I called them and was informed that you can fill out a warranty form outlining the problem you are having and send the part(s) into their Irvine, CA facility. If they don't send y ... Read More »
Has anyone used a heat exchange mask for riding in colder air? I live in the Washington DC area. I have no plans to ride below the 50's but I do suffer from EIA even in the mid-late spring. I would like to extend my summer riding. Any favorite brand mask?
[COLOR=#000000][INDENT]Thanks, Rich[/INDENT ... Read More »
I went on vacation last week, to Cape May NJ. completely flat. It is also super rider friendly. My bike is a Spec Sectuer Sport Disk. Aluminum, Sora, 30c Axis wheels.
Long story short, I rented a road bike. I wound up with a full Carbon Jamis Zenith. 105 group set, Ritchey (sp?) seat post, s ... Read More »
Over the past weekend I had my first professional bike fitting with Mike Irwin who owns/operates BicycleFit Rx which is a mobile bike fitting service. [url=http://www.bicyclefitrx.com/index.html]Bicycle Fit Rx Your Mobile Bicycle Fitting Service[/url]
I will let you read his bio on his website ... Read More »