There are bicycles.
And there are bicycles that aspire to greatness.
There are bicycle collectors. Then there’s the Japanese bicycle collector http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/3416965001/1981%20CINELLI%20LASER.htm
Before you sniff “meh” and wander off to play in someone else’s sandpit, I suggest you take a closer look (image gallery in the link above).
- fillet brazed Columbus Air tubeset (plus bondo)
- levers strategically positioned behind the down tube
- aero seatpost (part of the Columbus Air tubeset)
- internal routing for rear brake
- rear caliper tucked behind a cowling beneath the bottom bracket
Cinelli M71 “clipless” pedals
Cinelli 1R stem with drilled Criterium bars
Modolo Kronos brakeset
Roval Aero wheelset
Shimano Dura-Ace Ax derailleurs
(Speedbicycles has a near identical specimen http://www.speedbicycles.ch/showBike.php?enr=296)
As many out there are aware, Cinelli will (finally) be releasing a carbon fibre model of the Cinelli Laser (the road-going “Viva”) in 2013. In contrast to the many innovations seen in the circa 1981/82 bicycle shown above, there is nothing in this modern interpretation that hasn’t been done a myriad times before.
Some will see this as Cinelli trading on its past.
Many will see this as the natural progression of one of the most iconic bicycle designs of all time.