It’s well known that we like Cipollini bikes here at PEZ. Like Mario, they have that Italian flair and style, ignoring his recent legal and health problems. Roger Paperno lives in Southern California, the perfect setting for his Cipollini Bond 2 built up with Shimano Dura-Ace and Campagnolo Bora wheels.
Name: Roger Paperno
Location: Southern California
Bike: Cipollini Bond 2
Group set: Shimano Dura Ace 9170 Di2
Wheels: Campagnolo Bora WTO 45
Saddle: Prologo Nago
Other: Deda Alanera Bar/stem
Weight: 15lbs 15oz (7.23kg).
When did you buy it?
I ordered this bike in January, knowing it would take 60 days to be made, since the frame is built and painted by hand in Italy. I never expected Covid-19 to be a factor, but it slowed things down by another month. I think my bike was one of the first ones shipped right after the lockdown in Europe was loosened up a little.
What made you choose this bike?
This is my third Cipollini, there is something magical about the way they ride. I was introduced to the brand by a shop in Italy, Cicli Maggi in Forte di Marmi. They had a beautiful Bond hanging on their wall, I asked if I could try it, as I had brought shoes, pedals and a few kits with me on holiday. The owner, Nico told me he would have to check and could I come back tomorrow. When I returned I was told that Mario had said I could ride the bike. Mario? It was Mario Cipollini’s personal bike that he left at the shop and rode when he was in the area! Obviously I was totally stoked to get to ride HIS bike. I spent the morning riding up and down the coast and even got to ride with an Italian club that greeted me with a hearty “CIAO!” and lots of smiles. I didn’t speak much Italian but I could tell they all approved of my choice of rides.
Returning to the US, I located my local Cipollini dealer, TWO HUBS CYCLE BOUTIQUE, and bought an NK1K and moved my existing Campy gruppo to it. I loved that bike, until I rode their just introduced top tier racing bike, The RB1K. Fantastically stiff and responsive, it’s a true performance bike.
The aggressive riding position, while aerodynamic, aggravated an ongoing back problem. The RB1K was such a race bike it began to aggravate my back on longer or multi day rides. Plus I was ready to get a bike with a disc brake set-up. I still appreciated the performance, quality and uniqueness of the Cipo brand. This is when the Bond 2 was launched; it was the perfect all around bike. A little longer wheelbase so it was stable, a little more relaxed geometry so it was really comfortable and beautifully designed as the Italians are expected to do. I am so happy with this bike!
Have you done any modifications/additions to it?
No, the bike is really great, I did get a slightly larger size than I normally would have, but this way I can slam the stem and not need a huge stem or push the seat all the way back. The bike is very balanced.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
I usually ride about 5000Km a season.
What do you love about this bike?
I love the ride and the look of this bike, all white with just the Italian tricolore breaking the minimalist look, Bella! We just did a great ride of 60 miles with 6000ft of climbing and I got off the bike wanting to do more. I would take this bike over others costing thousands of dollars more.
Favorite riding area?
We are so lucky here in California; we can ride on the coast along the Pacific Ocean one day and in the hills the next. Favorite country to ride? Italy, of course!
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
I have had so many wonderful riding memories. I love riding in new places but I can’t wait to ride with my mates again. Wonderful weather and great friends is a great recipe.
None planned, I made a lot of changes on components when I bought this, Shimano instead of Campy which I had always used, disc brakes instead of rim, tubeless tires, all working fantastically!
I’ve had the opportunity to ride and try a bunch of the top tier bikes, some costing more than a nice car, it’s not always about the price, and more is not always better. I would encourage everyone to try a bike made by a smaller, almost boutique like manufacturer. So many things are mass-produced in order to keep costs down. Use your local bike shop and become friends with them and buy from them. My relationship with them has saved me a million times.
• See the Cipollini website
Thanks to Roger for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well, how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to email@example.com and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.