MCipollini Logos review

A truly charismatic thoroughbred

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
£6,745.00 RRP

Our review

The Logos is a truly charismatic, maximum speed and interaction thoroughbred
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When the legendary Lion King of sprinting, Italian Mario Cipollini, announced an eponymous bike brand nobody was expecting subtle. This third bike in the line-up hasn’t diluted the swaggering charisma delivered by the first two, the RB800 and RB1000.

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  • Highs: Extremely responsive, precise, effort-multiplying machine with genuine handbuilt Italian flair and insatiable charisma. Di2-compatible too
  • Lows: The attention-seeking handling and hard ride can become tiring for a bike badged as an all-rounder, and handmade in Italy doesn’t come cheap
  • Buy if: You’re a fan of Super Mario’s awesome power and playful charisma – you’ll absolutely love the Logos

While it’s hard not to snigger at the ‘The champion, the power, his tool’ tag line, Cipollini is vehement about the homegrown credentials of his bike. Having met the man himself at the factory where the bikes are produced and handbuilt, we can vouch they are very much 100 percent Italian. At just shy of 1,300g including seatmast, the Logos frame is relatively light, but its real appeal is the ride.

The massive top tube arcing back to an extended seatmast above a wheel-hugging curved seat tube and equally stout seatstays and chainstays are every bit as stiff as they look. This helps launch the Logos forward with a dramatically direct feel from sole of shoe to road. This doesn’t just translate into maximum power transfer but also a super-accurate sense of traction.

While it’s impossible to quantify, there’s something undeniably playful about the way the Cipo is able to pick up speed. Slight gap between two mates in front? On the Logos you can’t help shoving yourself through in a mock sprint. Over-dramatic victory celebrations after road sign sprints or hill climbs that no one else contested? That’ll be the eejit on the white Italian bike.

The flipside to this undeniable rider engagement and responsiveness is that the sharp, attention-seeking handling can become wearing quickly on extended back road days. The fidgety crosswind handling of the FFWD wheels gave us some nervous moments, too.

Unsurprisingly, that precision handling and muscle recruiting overall stiffness also translate into a fairly harsh ride, which means you need to get your gloves, shorts and insole choice dialled to enjoy long days in the saddle. Don’t be fooled by the tall head tube – the Logos is more of a handful than your average sportive machine.

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Dave Caudery
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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Logos (12)
Brand Cipollini

Weight (kg) 7.22
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2, short cage
Top Tube (cm) 55.5
Standover Height (cm) 77.5
Seat Tube (cm) 48
Chainstays (cm) 40.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28
Stem Ritchey C260 120mm
Shifters Shimano Ultegra Di2
Seatpost Integrated seat mast
Seat Angle 74
Saddle Ritchey WCS carbon rail
Rims FFWD F6R tub rims on DT240s hubs, cartridge bearings; spokes: 20 radial flat front, 22 2-cross rear
Rear Wheel Weight 1260
Headset Type MC
Description XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL sizes, Challenge Criterium tubs, 700x22 tyres
Head Angle 72
Handlebar Ritchey WCS Logic Curve carbon 420mm
Front Wheel Weight 890
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2
Frame Weight 1277
Frame Material T700 UTS carbon
Fork Weight 430
Fork T700 UTS carbon, tapered steerer
Cranks Shimano Ultegra 6700 53/39, 175mm cranks
Chain Shimano Ultegra 6700
Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6700 12-25
Brakes Shimano Ultegra 6700
Bottom Bracket Shimano Ultegra 6700
Wheelbase (cm) 99.2