Founded by Cino Cinelli, a former pro rider between the Thirties and Forties, winner of three Giro d’Italia stages (1938, 1939), a Giro di Lombardia (1939) a Milano-Sanremo (1943) and many other races. In 1948 Cino decides to retire from pro cycling to found his own factory that will become a benchmark in the bicycle world. Someone may remember him as a rider, many others remember him as the father of the first aluminium handlebars, the first seat with a plastic core, the first pedal straps and the first quick release pedals.
In the Eighties Antonio Colombo takes over Minelli with his company Columbus Tubing. His thinking is different, more visionary, with a gaze that sees beyond the present. The company is transformed, and the inventions of “design made in Cinelli” begin to find their way around the world. The bicycle changes, the vision of the bicycle changes too.
Cinelli is considered a maker of cult objects across the world, on a par with Ferrari, Vespa and Fornasetti!
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