For purists who insist that their Italian bike still be made in a factory where Italian dialects ring-out instead of diphthongs, MCipollini is one of the last bastions that continues producing its artisan bikes in the patria – even during an era where carbon fiber dominates.
The latest creation to come from MCipollini is the Dolomia, which not only marks a new benchmark for the Verona-based brand in terms of a lightweight, fully integrated road bike, but also breaks new ground with respect to fabrication.
According to MCipollini, the Dolomia is the first production carbon fiber frame to feature a single-piece, monocoque construction, meaning there’s no bonding of tubes or joinery of any kind – one mold simply creates the frame.
“We developed the Dolomia with one objective in mind, to bring together lightness, stiffness, and maneuverability to create the perfect frame. Together with many professional cyclists, including the ALÈ BTC Lubjana team, we tested more than 20 frame designs with different carbon fiber configurations. We also consulted with aerospace companies to optimize the fabrication process in order to create a frame with perfect construction,” explains MCipollini.
As mentioned, another feature that punctuates the Dolomia, is full integration, wherein all cables and brake hoses are routed through the stem, handlebar and frame, thanks to Deda’s one-piece Alanera handlebar and stem.
The final result is a frame that tips the scales at an astonishingly light 800g in a size medium, a remarkable feat for any frame let alone one with a pretty robust aerodynamic profile that’s designed around hydraulic disc brakes.
You better be able to plunk down some serious lira, as the Dolomia sells for a hefty $5590.
Customers can also opt for the Deda Alanera combination handlebar and stem for $6,090.
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