Cipollini NK1K Disc, MCM2 and NKTT

Handmade in Italy, Cipollini offers high performance carbon road bikes

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Cipollini NK1K

The NK1K is made in Italy with a monocoque carbon frame and is available in disc brake or rim brake versions.

Cipollini is an Italian brand that specializes in making high end carbon road bikes. The company is the namesake of racing legend Mario Cipollini, well known for his sprinting prowess. For 2017, Cipollini is offering some updates to current models and brand new bikes with a twist. Availability of Cipollini bikes in the United States should improve as the new U.S. distributor works to expand brand awareness.

Cipollini NK1K

The NK1K was engineered in Verona, laid up in Florence, painted in Pisa, and assembled in Padova.

Cipollini NK1K Disc

The NK1K is the top of the line aero road model for Cipollini and it is now available in a disc brake version. Shown here with the new camouflage graphic, the NK1K features a monocoque frame made from T1000 carbon. For the update to disc brakes, the frame uses 142x12mm spacing in the rear, and the carbon fork uses a 12mm thru-axle.

Cipollini NK1K Disc

The NK1K Disc uses 142x12mm rear spacing and the rear caliper is flat mount.

The NK1K Disc is available in seven sizes (XXS to XXL) and has a claimed frame weight of 1150 grams size medium.

Cipollini NK1K Black

The NK1K is still available in a rim brake version, shown here in gloss black/anthracite color scheme.

The NK1K is also still available in rim brake version. As you can imagine, handmade carbon with a name like Cipollini behind it does not come cheap. The NK1K will run you $6900 for frame and fork.

Cipollini MCM

The MCM is a custom option that is also available as the MCM2 with a 240-watt electric battery mounted internally.

Cipollini MCM and MCM2

MCM stands for Mario Cipollini Custom Made and gives riders the chance to customize the frame to their sizing needs. New for 2017 is the option to order a MCM2 which gives you a 240-watt electric motor that is completely hidden inside the frame. The intent is not to deceive or cheat, but to provide a powered option without sacrificing style and comfort.

Both versions of the MCM use a made-to-measure carbon frame. The tube design is intended to create greater rigidity. Cipollini recommends attaining a professional bike fitting report and using those numbers for their bike. The frame of the MCM is K1 T800 carbon fiber.

The MCM2 has a bottom bracket that combines aluminum with carbon for extra rigidity to improve the housing of the motor in the seat tube. There is a hatch in the downtube for battery charging access.

The MCM starts at $4300 for frame and fork. U.S. pricing has not yet been set for the MCM2.

Cipollini NKTT

The NKTT is a carbon frame designed for the serious time trialist or triathlete.

Cipollini NKTT

The NKTT is designed for maximum speed for the serious triathlon or time trial racer. It features aggressive geometry, a monocoque frame with integrated fork and a unique rear triangle that Cipollini calls their Atomlink system. This uses a monocoque triangle fixed to the rear axle. The bike also has integrated brakes and a seatpost with integrated locking system to adjust saddle height. The stem has been developed for internal cable routing and has 12mm of height adjustment.

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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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