Regardless of how obscure a bike brand may be, seldom does one escape our "nautilus". However, in the case of CEEPO, we must admit, this one was completely unknown to us.
In any case, from what we can glean from the company’s website, the brand’s name has a folkloric context to it, wherein the name CEEPO is an extrapolation of ancient Japanese word CEEPHO – used to describe a great Samurai warrior.
According to the founder, Joe Tanaka, after being disappointed by triathlon bikes of the day, he set out to design his own bike. And, in 1993, he produced his first custom bike made out of lightweight aluminum.
When the new bike was put to the test, according to Tanaka, the results were staggering. He saw a 90 minute improvement over his previous triathlon results.
From there, with the help of some Japanese triathlon specialty stores, Tanaka went on to create the CEEPO brand, focussing exclusively on triathlon bikes and expanding into new materials contemporaneous with the times.
This year, CEEPO increased it’s range of bikes to include a couple of road specific models, the CP Stinger and CP Mamba – albeit with "triathlon geometry" still the main focus.
While the bikes are still designed with triathlon duties in mind (particularly draft-legal events), they do pose an interesting choice for "roadies" who like a very aggressive position involving a steep seat angle and a "planted" front end effect. Here’s a glimpse at the CP Mamba.
2014 CP MAMBA
Head set 1-1/8” – 1-1/4” Frame High-modulus carbon 1080g Fork Full carbon fork 420g BB type PF30
FRAMESET INCLUDES: FRAME, FORK, HEADSET, AND SEATPOST.
Reversible seat post: Allows a great range of position from classic road to triathlon forward saddle positioning
Aero Tubes: Truncated airfoil shape tubes for great aerodynamics while keeping stiffness and weight values of a non-aero frame
PF30 BB: PF30 Most versatile BB standard available today, PF30 accepts nearly all cranksets available on the market
Electric shifting ready
Ceepo MAMBA’s super stable geometry is designed for perfect handling at high speed. This is the best bike for entering the triathlon world, just add clip-on and go to the races.
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