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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cinelli Zydeco. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
16 reasons to buy
- Some call this a ‘do-everything bike’, performing well on sprints, endurance rides, gravel and on-road.
- The Zydeco stands out with a polished aluminum frame and classic Cinelli colors.
- Featuring bosses for a rear rack and fenders, the Zydeco can serve as a commuter or light tourer.
- The attention to detail and finish on the Zydeco was stunning and precise.
- An efficient transfer of power was experienced on the Zydeco, even when loaded.
- The combination of a carbon fork and alloy frame offered great value for performance.
- On the ‘Full Color’, SRAM Apex 1 componentry impressed, while the rest was low-cost but good quality.
- The Zydeco felt stable and comfortable on difficult terrain, aiding endurance on longer trips.
- Clearance allowed for tires up to 42c, plus fenders.
- The Zydeco’s geometry was well-matched to racing; offering a short reach, lowered bottom-bracket and whippy steering.
- Internal cabling is new to the 2019 Zydeco, creating a cleaner look and room for bag straps.
- The bar, stem and seatpost were furnished with Cinelli-brand parts under the ‘Vai’ moniker. These were reliable but kept costs down.
- Tektro and TRP brakes were low maintenance and performed well for cable discs.
- Challenge Griffo 40mm tires were grippy in the wet and delivered ample speed on gravel.
- Experts stressed that the Zydeco’s cornering was sharp and nimble.
- Reviewers said the Zydeco climbed, descended and handled rough trails well.
10 reasons not to buy
- The Zydeco was considered a bit pricey, due to the premium demanded by the ‘Cinelli look’ and finish.
- Some owners also felt that cable discs and Shimano hubs were a bit under-specced for the cost.
- Non-SRAM componentry on the ‘Full Color’ was just ‘acceptable’, not outstanding . QR axles and a rear IS disc mount was not the latest tech.
- Some riders experienced a lack of clearance in muddy conditions, with the front fork clogging up.
- Tektro or TRP mechanical discs offered less bite and efficiency than hydraulics.
- One expert felt that the Zydeco’s geometry was a bit cramped due to a short stem and narrow bars.
- The weight of the Zydeco was seen as heavier than average for its class.
- For one reviewer, a stiff front-end put pressure on wrists over longer rides on rockier terrain.
- 40mm tires were judged as too wide to attain decent speed on roads.
- Alex wheels with Shimano hubs, were seen as fairly average.