Cinelli Saetta Veloce review

Cinelli Saetta Veloce bike test
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although the frame is made in China, this Saetta has the soul of an Italian bike. Which is to say that every part and accessory has an Italian heritage, from the Selle Italia SL saddle through to the Miche Rapid 707 wheels and the Vittoria tyres. This being the case, how could the brakes and 10-speed gears be anything other than Campagnolo - in this case, Veloce? The bottom bracket, cassette and 50/34 chainset are all Miche, though; clearly a few euros needed to be saved. On the stiff inclines on the sportive, the Saetta's finishing kit proved up to the task, though in comparison to Campag's more expensive gruppos, the upshifting was a tad agricultural and the brakes a bit on the grabby side. But, as mentioned, the heart of this bike is its frame, for which you'd forgive it just about anything. Its handling is stable but responsive, it steers quickly but without giving you a nosebleed and the balance is spot-on. And the stem and bars? Yes, they're Cinelli... Contact:

Reasons to buy
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    Balanced handling

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    Comfortable ride

Reasons to avoid
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    Not as crisp shifting as higher groupsets

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There aren't many brands in cycling that merit the overused term ‘iconic', but Cinelli is one that surely does. There was a time when the bars and stem on every dream bike simply had to be Cinelli. So, to see the Cinelli name and super-sized logo (dart or arrow, with appropriate connotations) emblazoned on the Saetta's frame adds a certain frisson when you climb aboard this 8.2kg machine.

On collecting the bike, all that was required was to level the saddle, pump 100psi in the Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres and twist the 31.6mm Cinelli-branded seatpost to the required height. After that, a quick ride to buy a packet of fig rolls verified that the brakes and gears were bedded-in, and then the Saetta was packed up for the Sportive Photo Southern Classic the following day. There's no point messing about, is there?

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