Custom US$18,000 Cipollini RB1K

California shop custom paints one-off superbike

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."

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Complete specification

  • 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

The stout bb area on the cipollini rb1k frame anchors a wide down tube : the stout bb area on the cipollini rb1k frame anchors a wide down tube
The stout bb area on the cipollini rb1k frame anchors a wide down tube : the stout bb area on the cipollini rb1k frame anchors a wide down tube

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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