Iconic Italian marque Ciöcc will re-launch in the UK this year, with the brand promising a very stylish but modern line-up featuring a new disc version of the Blade aero bike, gravel, vintage and e-bikes.
The bikes will be available via Grupetto Italia, the high end Italian bike specialists based in the Chiltern Hills and run by brother duo Nick and Dom O’Brien.
Ciöcc's new creations are due to be available from spring. A launch video sent to Cycling Weekly teases a stunning looking reinvention of the Blade aero bike, with all the mod cons: aero seatpost, dropped seatstays, integrated cables with a streamlined Vision bar and stem combo plus 55mm depth wheelset.
In keeping with tech evolution, the curved seat tube is gone.
The gravel bike, also disc brake, uses Columbus steel tubing. There's eyelets for mudguards and the Vision wheels come shod with knobbly gravel ready tan sidewall tyres.
An additional lightweight steel road bike comes with disc brakes again, plus a Campagnolo groupset. There's also a vintage style steel road bike, likely a reinvention of the San Cristobal and finally, the e-bike looks to be a gravel ready model. Like the existing E-Veloce road bike, it comes with a motor from Italian manufacturer Polini and a downtube mounted battery.
The Ciöcc brand (pronounced "church") comes with a heady association to the riders who dominated the Tour of Britain - then the Milk Race - in the 70's and 80's.
The brand, based in Lombardy in Italy, takes its title from the nickname given to founder Giovanni Pelizzoli - Ciöcc meaing 'poker face'. The in-joke continues in the four aces logo.
Returning after Milk Race fame, the brand made a re-arrival to the UK in 2010, available via Barnsley bike shop, Racescene. Models were available in steel, carbon and titanium materials. The new 2020 range will come distributed exclusively through Grupetto Italia.
We're looking forward to receiving the full lowdown on the 2020 models, with specs and prices - and will be calling some in to put to the test over the summer.
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor, and is responsible for managing the tech news and reviews both on the website and in Cycling Weekly magazine.
A traditional journalist by trade, Arthurs-Brennan began her career working for a local newspaper, before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining writing and her love of bicycles first at Total Women's Cycling and then Cycling Weekly.
When not typing up reviews, news, and interviews Arthurs-Brennan is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 190rt.
She rides bikes of all kinds, but favourites include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.
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