The new Cipollini NK1K certainly caught our eye when we saw it at Eurobike back in September, and now the Italian brand has added disc brakes to this aero superbike.
For the most part the new bike is the same as the rim brake version. In fact the frame itself looks almost, meaning a sweeping cut out seat tube to accommodate the rear wheel a down tube that is also cut away to sit close the front wheel near the junction with the fork, and Kamm-tail aero profile tubing throughout. The only changes are the removal of the attachments for front and rear rim brake calipers.
Of course in order to stand up to the asymmetric torque of hydraulic disc brakes, the carbon layup has had to be reengineered, with extra material added to the chainstays and fork. The bike has also been given 12mm thru-axles at both front and rear. However despite these additions, Cipollini claims that the frame weighs 1,150g, only 30g heavier than the rim brake version.
As far as the discs themselves are concerned, the Cipollini NK1K Disc you see here has Shimano’s top-end hydraulic discs, with 140mm rotors at both front and rear. However, as with other Cipollini bikes, we’d only expect it to be available in the UK as a frameset only option.
However, don’t expect to pick up one of these new bikes on the cheap, with the frameset being priced at an eye-watering £4,000.