Ciocc Extro LC review

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£1703

The Extro LC handles brilliantly and loves fast descents

BikeRadar verdict

90.0 out of 5 stars

"Mega performance and value, upgradeable into a superbike"

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7.00am By

First things first – Ciocc is pronounced ‘church’. It isn’t a new brand, either, but it is newly returned to the UK, thanks to brothers Nick and Dom O’Brien who set up their company Grupetto Italia to reunite Ciocc bicycles with the roads that made them famous.

An evocative vintage range is offered, but we’re concerned with the bang-up-to-date road bikes. The Extro LC is the least expensive carbon frame in the Ciocc range, and it's a real star. It rides brilliantly, and if it had better wheels it would be a rocket. Plus you can have it made to measure in your favourite colours for no extra cost.

  • Frame: Any colour you like, custom sizing, beautiful ride and superlight – at this price you’ve never had it so good (10/10)
  • Handling: The Extro LC is smooth, stable, nimble and a willing partner in the climbs (9/10)
  • Equipment: Campagnolo Veloce doesn’t feel like a cost-saver; Deda finishing kit is good quality but ripe for a future upgrade (8/10)
  • Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 7s are reliable but nothing special – your first upgrade when you’re ready to step up the speed (7/10)

In the late Seventies and early Eighties, the Milk Race was dominated by Russian, Czech and Polish riders, and they rode Ciocc bikes. The brand became very popular in the UK and also gained cult status in the US, for the irony of riding the bikes of the Russian team during the Cold War.

The unusual logo is derived from Francesco Moser’s 1977 World Championships victory and, legend has it, a poker game between Ciocc founder Giovanni Pelizzoli, Ernesto Colnago and Ugo De Rosa. Pelizzoli won the game and the right to use the club of Colnago and the heart of De Rosa on his bikes.

At 1,100g the Extro LC's frame is a serious tool. Some top pro teams ride frames that are no lighter. You can choose any colours you like for the design and, more impressive yet, you can order custom tube lengths – all at no extra cost, just a slightly longer wait.

Every bike is made to order, in around four weeks, and with a fully customised spec. Our test bike had been built with one eye on price, so it rolls on Fulcrum Racing 7s and wears Campagnolo Veloce, topped with basic Deda components. Despite that, it weighs just 8.16kg, and it flies.

Give it full throttle and the Ciocc accelerates with some of the vigour of a true superbike, only limited by the heavy wheels. Fulcrum Racing 7s are good, and serve a number of more expensive bikes, but they’re easily outclassed by the Extro frame. There’s no doubt that, while the frame transfers your efforts commission-free, the wheels take the edge off the surge. Another £200 or so on the wheels would go a long way.

The Extro LC handles brilliantly and loves fast descents, although the 13-26 block holds it back – it needs the 11-25 option, if not a standard chainset rather than the 34/50 compact. It climbs so effectively that a 39T ring would suffice if the gradients don’t go far into double figures. That said, on the steepest of Bath’s numerous savage ramps we were definitely grateful for the 34x26 bottom gear, and for the frame’s firm refusal to flex.

The Veloce groupset impressed us a lot. It simply doesn’t feel like a budget option. The Ergopower shifters and noisy freewheel are acquired tastes, but we like the Multishift function that allows you to trim the front mech for chainline and shift four sprockets either way across the cassette in one go. It’s ideal to cancel out a shift to the inner ring in anticipation of an impending hill. Shifts are really positive and the brakes are good too.

For all its performance, the Extro LC is smooth and comfortable thanks to its curvy stays and ovalised down-tube. Undoubtedly, it would be a brilliant, fast sportive bike.

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Specification

Name:
Extro LC (10)
Brand:
Ciocc
Price:
£1703

Available Sizes:
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Bottom Bracket:
Campagnolo Veloce external alloy cups, sealed cartridges
Brakes:
Campagnolo Veloce Skeleton, forged alloy differential callipers
Cassette:
Veloce 10spd 13-26 steel cogs
Chain:
Campagnolo 10spd
Cranks:
Campagnolo Veloce CT forged alloy 2-piece, steel spindle, 172.5mm arms, 110mm bcd, alloy rings
Fork:
All carbon, 1 1/8in steerer, alloy dropouts
Fork Weight:
400
Frame Material:
Full 12k monocoque carbon with forged alloy dropouts, alloy BB insert, replaceable gear hanger.
Frame Weight:
1080
Front Derailleur:
Campagnolo Veloce, alloy, braze-on
Front Hub:
forged alloy sealed cartridge
Front Wheel Weight:
1130
Handlebar:
Deda Big Piega deep anatomic, 42cm c-c
Head Angle:
73
Headset Type:
FSA integrated 1 1/8in aheadset, loose ball and cone semi-cartridges
Rear Derailleur:
Campagnolo Veloce
Rear Hub:
forged alloy sealed cartridge
Rear Wheel Weight:
1655
Rims:
Fulcrum Racing 7 pre-built machined alloy aero
Saddle:
Selle Italia Q-bik, steel rails
Seat Angle:
73
Seatpost:
Deda Metal Stick 6061 alloy, 31.6 x 330mm, single-bolt alloy seat clamp
Shifters:
Campagnolo Veloce Ergo 10spd
Stem:
12cm Deda Big Logo forged alloy, twinbolt oversized bar clamp and 1 1/8in steerer clamp
Weight (kg):
8.16
Weight (lb):
18
Bottom Bracket Height (cm):
26
Chainstays (cm):
40.5
Seat Tube (cm):
48.5
Standover Height (cm):
80
Top Tube (cm):
57
Wheelbase (cm):
99.5

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