As a man who likes his flashy cars, Mario Cipollini was definitely the man to work with Maserati to produce a one-off Maserati-badged bike.
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A Cipollini Bond frame has been painted up in Maserati blue and white. It includes the Maserati trident on the head tube as well as on either side of the seat tube.
Maserati has become increasingly involved in cycling, working with Look over the summer to produce a top-of-the-line Look 695 Aerolight bearing its logo to celebrate the Paris-Modena cycle ride which ended in the car company’s home town.
“When we started our Maserati Cycling initiative it was with the aim of enhancing the experience of the cycling community through our brand’s involvement in a series of unique and exciting cycling events,” said Peter Denton, Region Manager for Maserati Northern Europe.
The Maserati-branded Bond to be auctioned is a size 54cm and comes speced with a Shimano Ultegra mechanical groupset with a standard 53/39 chainset and 11-23 cassette, so it’s ready to race. The wheels are Fast Forward F2A alloy clinchers with Challenge Forte Race 25mm tyres, there’s a Selle San Marco Aspide saddle and Ritchey bars and stem. The bike’s retail price is £4500.
Mario Cipollini himself will be at the Rouleur Classic in London to sign the bike, before it is sold via a silent auction to raise funs for Action Medical Research. The silent auction can also be accessed over the internet at www.championsofcyclesport.com, with the winner announced at the Champions of CycleSport Dinner next Thursday, 26 November.