MCipollini RB800: First Ride review

MCipollini RB800
Cycling Weekly Verdict

As a package, the RB800 could be summed up as a true Italian thoroughbred with all the trimmings. The tiny head tube, and resultant low-slung front end, plus a super-stiff ride feel means it's one for the racer, but a hint of softness at least allows enough comfort to still tackle longer rides.

Reasons to buy
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    Firm ride, but not too harsh

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Not much

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Mario Cipollini, ‘Super Mario', ‘the Champion', ‘the Power', is a rider synonymous with Italy and all its flair and extravagance.

Former sprint king Cipo said he had no desire to simply stick his name on any old frame, so set about handcrafting from scratch, promising pizzazz. The RB800 sits in the middle of three, so believe it or not, there's a more expensive option, the RB1000, at £4,400 for the frameset.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.