Designed not as a race-specific bike but rather as the sort of machine you’d want to ride all day while occasionally getting racy on, the Veltrix has a broad remit to fit. With such a well-established history of making bikes, it’s no surprise to find that Cinelli has honed the geometry of the frame to allow the Veltrix to fit that endurance category well.
It’s comfortable and responsive while the handling hits a sweet spot that manages to be fun, encouraging and interesting, but never so focussed that it leaves you feeling nervous or wary of it.
Dressed with Campagnolo’s finest mechanical groupset makes the Cinelli quite a wondrous sight. The slightly larger proportions of the hoods, necessary to house the hydraulic master cylinder, work to complement the proportions of the frame, while the beautiful orange paintwork further adds to the bike’s overall aesthetic appeal.
What’s really quite interesting, too – at least to those of us geeky enough to notice and care – is that the disc-brake actuation has a very similar feel to that of the regular rim brake. In other words, it offers great response giving the sensation of the pads biting into the disc and allowing you to modulate the force you apply really accurately.
In dry conditions these are some of the best road-bike disc brakes that we’ve used. Our one gripe is in some respects quite minor, as it’s more about looks than function, but why oh why aren’t the calipers matched to the rest of the groupset? You have the angular beauty of the redesigned carbon fiber rear mech combining with the sleek carbon cranks and smooth gloss finish of the front mech then, on the other side, it’s a matt, shot-peened finish to the caliper, which to our eyes looks completely out of keeping.
On a frame that costs $1300, some might argue that Super Record is overkill yet we found the two complimented each other well. Primarily designed as the lightest and most technically advanced race groupset available, it demonstrates both the versatility and the quality of the Cinelli frame.
Beautiful paint – Deep and lustrous, so much more attractive than black.
Rigid frame – The oversized headtube and bottom bracket offer little flex.
Brake modulation – Outstanding feel and control.
Not so good
Cost – This amazing innovation comes at a hefty price.
Tire fitment – The Schwalbe tires proved difficult to fit to the wheels.
Matt finish – Disappointing finish on the brake calipers.
A superb endurance frame that works all the better for being paired with Campagnolo’s finest race groupset. The Veltrix is the sort of bike that does everything really well. Buy this and you’ll have no excuses for a poor performance, well none that you could blame on the bike!
Frame: Columbus Carbon Monocoque, Columbus Disc fork
Groupset: Campagnolo Super Record Disc 12×2
Brakes: Campag Caliper with Rotor 03 disc 160mm front, 140mm rear
Chainset: Campagnolo Super Record 50/34
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11-29
Bars/Stem/Seatpost: Cinelli Neos
Saddle: Prologo Tirox Dimension
Wheels/Tires: Campagnolo Bora One/Schwalbe Pro One, 25c