Icons of cycling: Cinelli Laser

This radical design classic paired razor-sharp aerodynamics with beautifully flowing tubing

The Cinelli Laser was the perfect blend of form and function. Not only did it win 28 gold medals in World Championships and Olympics but it also was awarded the Compasso d’Oro design award in 1991.

New bosses are fond of making changes, but when Antonio Colombo took charge of Cinelli he went much further: after he launched the radical-looking Laser, bicycle design would never be the same again.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.