1972 Cinelli
Speciale Corsa
A true legend in the world of cycling, Cino Cinelli was an illustrious professional racer who
competed against the likes of Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. In 1948 Cinelli founded the
company that bears his name, producing innovative products and racing bicycles that became
the standard to which all others were measured. These legendary cycles are arguably the most
desirable of any classic racing bicycle. This 1972 example was purchased new at Kopp's
Cyclery in Princeton,NJ. At the time, Kopp's was one of the most influential bicycle shops in
the nation and Cinelli was the marque of choice. Purchased by a bicycle mechanic who
worked at Kopp's while attending Princeton, this bicycle was ridden no more than several
hundred miles before it was hung upon a wall and admired as a work of art. There it
remained for the next thirty years. The name on the top tube was painted by Dick Swann
who also worked at Kopp's. Not original to this particular bicycle are these wheels built with
the innovative Cinelli bivalent hub system, shown here for display purposes. When ridden,
this bicycle's original wheelset is mounted.