For a Californian rider for whom a top-of-the-line bike was not top enough, the high-end Foothill Ranch bike shop TwoHubs created a custom built and painted Cipollini RB1K. TwoHubs custom painted the Italian frameset and Pro Stealth Evo monocoque bars and stem to match, then built it up with Corima Aero+MMC Carbon wheels and a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group. Retail on a bike like this? About US$18,000.
Mani Matamed and Chary Chaisawasdi opened TwoHubs in 2010 in Southern California. With more than two decades of industry experience between them, Matamed and Chaisawasdi specialize in high-end service, building every bike from the frame up. “No cookie-cutter bikes are sold at TwoHubs,” they say, and frames sold include Wilier, Cipollini, Colnago, SARTO, DIVO, Passoni, Jones and Argon 18.
TwoHubs claims it was the first to bring the Cipollini RB1K to the United States market. The monocoque frame is handmade with 60-ton carbon.
“The Cipollini was designed and custom painted orange at the request of the client,” Motamed said. “This is an incredible, powerful machine – it’s responsive, fast, and arguably has the best power transfer from the pedals to the rear wheel.”
- Frame: Cipollini RB1K
- Size: Large
- Bottom Bracket (BB) 30
- Weight: Frame 1,000g frame, 14.5lb complete
- Brakes: EE Brake by EE Cycle Works
- Bars: custom-painted Pro Stealth Evo Bars
- Group: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
- Cranks/power meter: Rotor Power, 175mm
- Wheels: Corima Aero+MMC Carbon
- Tires: Velo-Flex Extreme