The first bicycles to bear the Cinelli name were the work of Giotto Cinelli, and were produced in Firenze in 1946 and 1947. Giotto’s brother Arrigo was also in the cycle business, and crafted fine stems in steel which today command premium prices from dedicated collectors. However, it was younger brother Cino who would make the family name one with global renown, after moving the business from Firenze to Milano during the 1950s.
Cino Cinelli was a successful road racing cyclist who achieved notable victories such as first place in the Milan-San Remo of 1943. His experience in the saddle formed his philosophy regarding bicycle frames, which he felt needed to be stiffened and the geometry made more aggressive than was the style of the period. Making the steering angle steeper also made it possible to shorten and thus stiffen the fork blades. This shorter wheelbase racing geometry was to become the standard across the industry. Another innovation by Cinelli that has been adopted by many other manufacturers was his seat collar design which tucked the top of the seat stays behind the lug rather than alongside the seat tube. These then radical design innovations were debuted by none other than Fausto Coppi during the 1947 season. Cinelli’s classic frame set, the Cinelli Supercorsa, is amongst the most iconic racing frames of the 20th century.
The Cinelli Riviera or Model C was the entry level lightweight frame of Cinelli. It was used for all kinds of purposes from city bikes to full racing bikes. This bicycle was built up as a sports bike. Suitable for fast riding but definitely not made for competitive racing. The frame is painted in an elegant white, with red banderols around the head and seat tubes. The gorgeous head tube has got the iconic Cinelli Knight head badge. Classic, state of the art fenders and lights. A classic leather saddle suits the bike very well. An another component which was very much the state of the art at the time is the 2×3 speed shifting, with an adventurous ‘suicide front mech’ and a Simplex Tour de France rear mech. The highly polished chain guard finishes the classic and timeless beauty.
In good, used condition. The bike has some patina but no technical issues. Original paint, no repaint!
The wheels have been replaced for clinchers and the complete bike has been professionally
overhauled in our workshop. If you would prefer clinchers instead of tubulars please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and we can lace up a wheel set to suit your preferences.
Frame: Cinelli Riviera / Columbus tubing.
Crankset: Specialites T.A.
Rear Mech: Simplex Tour de France
Front Mech: Simplex, Suicide Shifter
Brake levers: Weinmann
Saddle: Classic, leather
Handlebars: 3TTT touring
Freewheel: Regina, 3speed
- Seat tube: 56cm c-c
- Seat tube: 58cm c-t
- Top tube: 57cm c-c
- Handlebars: 52cm c-c
- Head Tube: 140mm
- Rear End: 120mm
- Stem: 90mm
- Wheelbase: 107.5cm
- Gears: 2×3 speed
- Bottom Bracket: ITA
- Pedals: BSA
- Weight: 10.9kg
Pick up is also welcomed from our physical shop in Berlin. Any questions? Please send a message or give us a call at the shop! We’re closed Sundays and Mondays, but will get back to you as soon as possible.
We don’t offer any warranty on used products, and advise riding all older bikes and parts with respect!
We’ve been selling only the very best Italian steel bikes for over a decade now, both online and in store in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.