Cinelli Tipo Pista

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17.2, 19 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cinelli Tipo Pista. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

19 reasons to buy

  • The frame conveyed stiffness and pliancy to riders.
  • Even though it’s intended as a fixed-gear bike, the Tipo Pista comes equipped with optional brakes.
  • The no-name chainring, cogs and chain seemed durable to one expert.
  • Cranks are short enough that pedal-scrape was rare, on-road or in the velodrome.
  • The saddle was portrayed as cushy and comfortable.
  • Flat-topped handlebars and a moderate drop, meant that this bike was street-rideable.
  • The Tipo Pista can be used in the velodrome with an adjusted ratio, where it rides aggressively.
  • Owners said this was beautiful steed. The Cinelli logo bartape rocked pop-appeal.
  • Grimpeurs reported that the Tipo Pista climbed well.
  • The 48x17 gear ratio was rated as highly suitable for road-riding.
  • This bike features stainless-steel-plated rear dropouts to protect the frame from tight wheel-nuts.
  • The drivetrain proved sturdy and worthy of fixed-gear abuse.
  • Cyclists reported that the Tipo Pista climbed well.
  • The columbus carbon/alloy fork was light and sported a steep angle with minimal rake. This bestowed sharp handling and feisty cornering upon the Tipo Pista.
  • Thrashers deemed the Tipo Pista to be a durable bike.
  • The drivetrain proved sturdy and worthy of fixed-gear abuse.
  • Carbon forks sucked up bumps with nary a concern.
  • As a complete build, the bike was lightweight. Owners appreciated it.
  • The Tipo Pista sports clean, minimalist lines with no cable-guides, eyelets, bottle-bosses or space for mudguards.

10 reasons not to buy

  • The Tipo Pista sports clean, minimalist lines but no cable-guides, eyelets, bottle-bosses or space for mudguards.
  • Satin-finish on bartape was not to everyone’s liking
  • The square-taper crank struck experts as average.
  • Minimal front-end flex meant less comfort on long rides.
  • The painted rims are worn down by brake pads, detracting from their luster. Additionally, their heft diminished the bike’s acceleration potential.
  • Toe-overlap was noticeable at slow speeds, which may disrupt less-experienced fixed-gear cyclists.
  • The provided brakes were seen as average by one expert, who described pads as plasticky and difficult to adjust.
  • In one instance, an online buyer received a bike with scratches on the framework, incorrect bartape and a front wheel that didn’t fit fork dropouts. It was suspected to be a mismailed return.
  • This bike is only supplied with cross-top brake levers, which form an obstacle to grip position when upright and prohibit hand-braking in the drops.
  • As a fixed-focused bike, no freewheel is provided.

Bottom line

Cinelli has a cult following amongst some members of the fixed-gear fraternity. Because of this reputation, it can seem to buyers that all fixed-gear Cinellis are high-end machines of an elite Italian pedigree. For some models, this is true. But as one satisfied owner described it, the Tipo Pista is really a good quality, mid-range, average weight bike. With minimal adjustments, the Tipo Pista can easily be ridden as a freewheel commuter or at the velodrome. It isn’t a purebred track-bike, but with continual upgrades it has the potential to become many things.

Expert Reviews

70/100 based on 1 expert reviews

Cinelli Tipo Pista Singlespeed Bike Review

With easily spinnable gearing, a light frame and razor-sharp handling, the Tipo is great fun for hacking around on.

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User Ratings

83/100 based on 14 ratings
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