The Original CINELLI Timeline
A history of the highly-respected CINELLI CINO & C. company.
Updated: 12//13/2021

"Sport teaches, above all else, internal honesty with oneself. While racing, there is just one rule: if you promise to help a teammate, you must help him; if you promise to lead out a sprint, you must lead it out; if you promise to give a hand on a climb, you must do so. You can't be clever. Even if you find out that it's truly your day, that you don't feel the chain, that you're going like a motorcycle. Give. Give without pretending. To give is never a mistake. Give so that something or someone will give back. And if you give, you'll sleep well at night." --Cino Cinelli

Cino Cinelli
Born in Montespertoli (near Florence), Italy, 9 February 1916, died 20 April 2001 at 85 years of age.

The Cinelli family
Poor farming family from the province of Florence. 10 children total (born in less than 20 years) 7 boys and 3 girls. The second Arrigo (b. 1913), third Giotto (b. 1915) and fourth Cino (b. 1916) sons were active in cycling. Arrigo raced as an independent pro (1936-38); Giotto raced as a team pro for Maino (1936) and Bianchi (1937) and independent pro until 1940. Cino raced as independent pro (1937), and team pro for Frejus (1938-39), Bianchi (1940-43), and Benotto (1944).

Cino gets his first bike at 13 years of age.

Cino begins racing Junior Category at 15 years of age.

Cino begins racing Senior Amateur Category at 19 years of age.

Cino begins racing Independent Pro at 21 years of age.

Cino begins racing Team Pro at 22 years of age.

Giotto Cinelli produces the first "Cinelli" stems and handlebars for himself while still racing.

Giotto starts up Cicli Giotto Cinelli S.r.l. in Florence with brother Arrigo as minority partner, producing Giotto Cinelli (Florence) steel bars and stems stamped with the "CINELLI-FIRENZE" football-shaped logo which are mainly sold from their Florence location. There are also stems stamped "ARRIGO CINELLI FIRENZE - Tipo Speciale Brevettato".

Cino meets Hedi Matter at the Italian Sieber office where Hedi works.

Cino Cinelli retires from professional racing when WWII hostilities shut down all racing in Italy and starts up Cinelli & C. S.r.l. (Cinelli & Compagnia Societa a responsabilita limitata) in Forence, as strictly a marketing/sales company with no production whatsoever. He is the sales representative for Benotto bicycles in the Lombardy area, as well as Giotto Cinelli bars and stems from his brothers, and some other products.

Cino, along with Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali, founds the ACCPI (Associazione Corridori Ciclisti Professionisti Italiani or Italian Professional Cycling Association) to represent the rider's interest in the Italian Bicycling Federation, as well as the Italian Sports Federation (CONI). Cino was the president of the association for 24 years and his book on training for cycling (the CONI Manual) remains a classic to this day.

First mention appears in La Gazzetta della Sport magazine ad in early March 1946, of the upcoming start of production of Giotto Cinelli (Florence) bikes, which will also be sold by Cinelli & C. S.r.l. Ad mentions Cinelli Florence bicycles, bicycle accessories and Cinelli handlebars; CINELLI & C., Ufficio E Magazzeno (Office & Store) - Milano, Viale Monza, 10 - Tel. 268-678. Production of these Giotto Cinelli labeled bikes, made by a frame builder in Florence, likely lasted from late 1946 to 1947. Likely not more than 200-300 Giotto Cinelli bikes are produced in this period.

Cinelli & C. S.r.l., Viale Monza, 10 Milano is the first Italian firm specializing in the distribution of cycle racing accessories. This enterprise begins by serving federations and clubs, which at this time represents the entire Italian racing market. The original staff includes Cino, his first wife Hedi (a Swiss national, and mother of Andrea), two office helpers and four assemblers. Hedi Matter is largely responsible for the success of Cinelli outside of Italy as she is the one who initiates and then maintaines contact with all the foreign clients. She is fluent in at least 4 languages (Italian, German, French and English).

Classic Cino Cinelli shield logo appears in a La Gazzetta della Sport magazine ad in early March 1947. Ad lists Cinelli bicycles and Cinelli handlebars and stems, along with addresses of "Vendita" (sales office): Cinelli & C., Viale Monza, 10 - Tel.286-678 and "Fabricazione Officine" (fabrication/manufacturing facility): S. A. FACTAM. (Fabbrica Accessori Ciclo Telaio Artistica Milano), Milano - Via Bartolomeo Eustachi, 30. FACTAM is the workshop for frames, handlebars, stems and accessories and employs 20 workmen.

Cino lures framebuilder Luigi Valsasina from Bianchi's Reparto Corse. Valsassina was the framebuilder who had built Cino's bikes when he raced for Bianchi. Valsassina remained with Cinelli & C. S.r.l. until 1980, a few years after the sale to Antonio Colombo of Columbus tubing in 1976. Valsassina is the sole person in charge of all framebuilding during Cino's time even though he had a number of people who worked for him and assisted him. Likely average annual production was approximately 250 frames/bikes per year.

The Cino Cinelli head badge design features a knight's helmet, inspired by the one that Cino's father kept around the house. To the right side is a red giaggiolo (lily), the symbol of Cino's native Florence. The Lily Iris Florentia is the ancient symbol of Florence, their symbol for over 1,000 years. And on the left side is a green serpent, the symbol of his adopted Milan. The symbol of the city of Milan is the biscione, a snake in the act of consuming a child, which was the emblem of the House of Visconti for centuries. First a 55mm Cinelli head badge that is cloisonne (fired colored glass) on acid-etched brass that is then silver plated, then replaced with a 56mm head badge that has the low areas filled in with enamel paint instead of fired colored glass; there is also a smaller seat tube badge (discontinued after a few years). The small stem badge is also originally cloisonne the first few years and then replaced with an enamel painted version. Note that the head badge has the words "MARCA DEPOSITATA" at the bottom and the stem badge does not.

Cicli Giotto Cinelli S.r.l. is awarded a patent for handlebar stems. Towards the end of the year, Giotto and Arrigo sell their shares as well as intellectual property of Cicli Giotto Cinelli S.r.l. to Cino, with Arrigo retaining the right to service a few motorcycle customers and existing orders. These motorcycle orders and existing orders are shipped with Arrigo Cinelli Firenze markings and continue for about 5 years. Upon the sale of the shares, the production machinery is shipped from Florence to Milan and is almost immediately put into production. Giotto goes on to manage a successful injected plastic molding company, Elettroplast, that belongs to his Father-in-Law.

The Modello Super Corsa Lusso (Super Racing Luxury) frame has a semi-sloping fork crown (not full-sloping) with or without spear point on outside of the fork leg and a Malaguti "Frejus-style" seat lug with separate seat tube collar; frame production is approximately 250-300 frames per year. The frame features chrome Malaguti "wolf's ears" head lugs, chrome fork, four chrome rings on the seat tube, lozenge-shaped "CINELLI" decal on the down tube, an open cable run beneath top tube for rear brake cable (sometimes internal rear-brake cable routing) and eyelets for fenders. Some Cinellis are made with Campagnolo Cambio Corsa drop outs and Mannesmann tubing, and later on with Simplex Tour de France, Campagnolo Paris-Roubaix, Campagnolo Gran Sport and Altenburger drop outs.

During the fifties annual frame production is approximately 250 frames and 5,000 bars and stems.

Cinelli & C. S.r.l. is sole sales representative worldwide for Columbus tubing.

Modello B with semi-sloping fork crown and internal rear-brake cable routing.

Production is moved from S. A. FACTAM at Via Bartolomeo Eustachi, 30 to Cinelli & C at Via Egido Folli, 45.

A prototype frame is made for Fausto Coppi featuring the iconic full-sloping fork crown with internal lugs and fast-back seat stay/seat post bolt system, both sand cast by Georg Fischer in Switzerland along with the bottom bracket shell; the genesis of the Modello S.C. "Super Corsa," see notes at bottom. The full-sloping fork crown designed for smooth roads, uses shorter fork blades for a stiffer, more aerodynamic fork.

Earls Court Show (London) advertisement dated November 8th lists Model S.C. Lusso (Super Racing Luxury) made of Reynolds 531 main tubes, Model B. Roma, Model C. Corsa (later known as Mod. Riviera).

The iconic Modello S.C. "Super Corsa" featuring full-sloping fork crown and fast-back seat stay / seat post bolt system starts production. Chrome Malaguti "wolf's ears" head lugs, chrome fork crown and chrome "socks" on the stays and fork legs, four chrome rings on the seat tube and lozenge-shaped "CINELLI" decal on the down tube. Georg Fischer sand-cast fork crown, seat lug and bottom bracket shell along with Reynolds 531 main tubes and Columbus fork blades and seat stays.

Vecel & Co. Ltd of London ad in November 21, 1952 issue of Motor Cycle And Cycle Trader; the frame featured in the ad is a Mod. S.C. with drop-outs and braze-ons for use of the Italian Simplex "Tour de France" rear derailleur, down tube braze-on shifter and "Competition" front derailleur.

Modello S.L. "Super Lusso" (Super Luxury), a city-style bike, is introduced with 55mm cloisonne head badge, Cinelli crest decal on top of down tube, full-sloping fork crown, chrome Malaguti "wolf's ears" head lugs and "CINELLI" branded hubs, crank, fenders, chainguard, saddle, bell and stem/bar combo.

Cinelli supplies track bikes to the Italian National Team. The bikes are stamped "UVI" in the seat cluster, have the Malaguti "wolf's ears" head lugs and sometimes a chrome fork crown but no chrome on the frame. Some have fork tangs and others do not (maybe the pursuit bikes did not have fork tangs?). Many seemed to have been finished with a dull, pastel-green enamel paint.

Cinelli chromed, steel road bars get a long, brazed-on sleeve with engraving of model name instead of the normal short bulge in the center of the bar.

Bottom bracket shell occasionally 74mm width that uses the Campagnolo or Magistroni 74mm cottered axle.

Oval-shaped trademark "C.Cinelli - Milano" is changed to "Cinelli - Milano," November 3, 1958.

Cinelli acquires Alfredo Binda toe straps made by Bianchi Dino.

The large enamel paint-filled brass with silver-plate 56mm head badge is discontinued, replaced by a smaller enamel paint-filled brass with silver-plate 51mm head badge. There are isolated examples of the 56mm head badge being used up until 1964.

Cino Cinelli is approached by Tommaso Nieddu of Turin, (founder of Vittoria derailleur company which is in a rather dire economic situation) to propose a collaboration on the production of a new plastic saddle, the Unica-Nitor. They consult with Giotto who by then has had many years of experience with the injection molding of plastics. Cino enters into partnership with Nieddu in 1962. First version has square-section steel rails and a dedicated steel seatpost later replaced with a conventional round-section steel rail version for use with conventional seat posts. The saddles were to be called "Unica" but the name was already patented so Cinelli decided on "Unicanitor", a combination of "Unica", "Ni" for the first letters of the inventor-Mario Nieddu, and "Tor" for Nieddu's factory in Torino.

Transition years when the Malaguti "wolf's ears" head tube lugs disappear on Mod. S.C. and Mod. B. and Cinelli head tube lugs are used.

Annual production of 7,500 bars and stems.

Mod. 1A (A = aluminum) forged aluminum alloy stem is shown at the Italian trade show at the Rome Olympics; production begins three years later.

The Italian Olympic Committee outfits the entire Italian track cycling team with Cinelli Pistas and tandem Pistas for the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Viktor Kapitanov of the Soviet Union wins the Olympic road race at the Rome Olympics on a Cinelli Model B; afterwards Cino presents Viktor with a Mod. S.C.

Decals lose metallic-quality of the silver and gold ink.

Cinelli Monza version of Mod. S.C. (very few known to exist) with Mod. S.C. decals and "CINELLI MONZA" decals on down tube.

Bivalent hub (patented by Petrosemolo and Rimedio) is introduced and is manufactured for Cino by Tullio Campagnolo. The first version Bivalent hub is a "three-piece" style with steel barrel and alloy flanges with threaded-on steel ring with splines that mate with a matching splined Regina freewheel that remains attached to the frame when the wheel is removed. The Bivalent hub equipped wheel can be used for either front or rear placement.

Mod. B Altenburger version equipped with Altenburger dropouts, derailleurs, brakes and hubs; open rear brake cable run beneath the top tube.

The 1963 catalog specifies the Super Corsa comes with all Columbus tubing (tube set dependent on frame size and intended use) or with Reynolds 531 main tubes and Columbus fork blades and seat stays as before. Mod. B made with Columbus main tubes and Falck fork and stays.

Mod. 1A (A = aluminum) forged aluminum alloy stem and aluminum alloy handlebar production begins; stems and bars have a non-anodized, polished finish till 1965. Stems were available from 7 to 14cm, in 5mm increments. Every Cinelli stem had a 26.4mm clamp all the way until the 1990s, with a freakish 26.0 exception from the '60s. Stem quill of 22.2mm was standard but also came in 22.0 (French). The first version of the aluminum bar has a long, bulge-formed center section, no knurled rings and a non-anodized, polished finish. The second version has an engraved sleeve like the steel bars, with two rings of knurling at the clamping area and a polished finish till 1965 with the start of the clear anodized finish, then three rings of knurling and finally a single ring of knurling.

Mod. Riviera offered in Ron Kitching catalog; there are both men's and lady's versions.

Handlebar end caps made of soft plastic are introduced. Installed over the bar end and under the tape, they are a decorative cover for the traditional cork inserted flush in the end of the bar.

The Japanese Olympic Committee outfits the entire Japanese track cycling team with Cinelli Pistas and tandem Pistas for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Campagnolo Sport derailleur spring anchor-hole no longer appears in rear dropout.

Mod. S.C. bottom bracket shell oil port and drain hole discontinued (some S.C.s with drain hole, but without oil port).

Frames are no longer supplied with chrome Cinelli "Supercorsa" headset and chrome Cinelli bottom bracket (track bike supplied with clip-style headset).

Campagnolo dropout loses the "boss" for the Sport derailleur spring hole.

Bivalent hub (second version), one-piece alloy shell with threaded-on steel cap with splines instead of threaded-on steel ring with spines for engaging the splined freewheel is produced in a limited run of one or two years. In a 1986 Cino Cinelli interview by David Herlihy, Cino states that the hubs were made for Cinelli by Campagnolo and were mostly sold to Americans in the late 1960s as they were nearly twice as expensive as Campagnolo hubs.

The Mexican Olympic Committee outfits the entire Mexican track cycling team with Cinelli Pistas and tandem Pistas for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

Three holes in the tops of lugs start to appear on some frames. Brake bridge lowered to accommodate the new Campagnolo Record brakes.

Output around 600-700 frames annually.

Three holes in fork tangs added.

Mod. M71 clipless pedal introduced. The pedal is designed for racing and in particular track racing and is manufactured for Cino by Tullio Campagnolo. There are four generations of this pedal, the earliest made with aluminum cleat and chromed-steel pedal platform. Later versions of M71 pedal cleats are made of molded plastic for durability and the pedal platform is aluminum with a round hole. M71 pedals are still shown in the 1983 catalog.

Most Mod. S.C. have fender eyelets removed from fork ends and drop outs.

Campagnolo bottom bracket braze-on cable guides added.

2nd generation Mod. M71 clipless pedal; aluminum pedal platform and plastic cleat.

Mod. S.C. Leggerissimo made to order for Radsport Brugelmann in Frankfurt; yellow with red head tube and seven holes (six holes arranged in circle with seventh hole in center) in bottom of BB shell.

Mod. 1A stem has both 12mm bar clamp nut and 7mm hex expander bolt (later changed to 6mm hex).

New binder bolt (two hex bolts threaded into hex-shaped center piece).

C.O.N.I. manual "CYCLING" written by Cino along with highly respected Italian coaches Rimedio and Costa. C.O.N.I. is the Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano or Italian National Olympic Committee. It is published by the FIAC and the Italian Central Sports School in Rome and illustrated by Ottorino Mancioli.

Catalog printed in 1973 specifies all Columbus tubing without the option of Reynolds 531 main triangle.

End of Mod. B production.

Mod. 1R (R = Record) forged aluminum stem with hidden handlebar binder bolt is introduced.

Shifter braze-ons added.

Bottle braze-ons added.

Enamel paint-filled brass with silver-plate 51mm head badge replaced with anodized aluminum head badge.

Aerodynamic "funny bike" for Dane Ole Ritter's Hour Record.

Mod. Ridotto (ridotto = reduced) utilizing 26 inch wheels and extra-long cranks. In an interview by David V. Herlihy, Cino Cinelli advocates the use of 26 inch wheels and extra-long cranks as the ideal road bike, as evidenced by his personal bike. "Twenty-seven inch wheels were designed fifty years ago when we had much poorer roads," he groused, "It just doesn't make sense that we still ride these wheels today." Cino adamantly maintains that cyclists would benefit from the higher cadence that goes along with smaller wheels, and that longer cranks provide better leverage.

Top tube cable braze-ons added.

Annual production of 150,000 bars and stems.

Antonio Colombo, having recently separated the bicycle specific tube manufacture Columbus - his brainchild - from the his family's core A.L. Colombo steel business, enters as a shareholder in the Cinelli company. He is allowed this by Cino Cinelli who has an eye towards retirement, and who as a long-time world-exclusive distributor of Columbus bicycle tubes has watched Antonio grow the business in recent years and sees that the two of them might have a vision and passion that could be compatible.

Anodized aluminum head badge replaced by Cinelli crest decal. Investment cast bottom bracket shell with cast-in "Cinelli" logotype.

New Flying C logotype designed by architect Italo Lupi.

New frame decals designed in the Memphis Group style by architect Italo Lupi are introduced.

Serial numbering system organized by 5 digits, the first two being the year and the last three being the serial number of the frame for that year.

Laser aerodynamic bike introduced. Antonio Colombo - designer, Andrea Pesenti - frame builder and Paul Erzegovesi - engineer.

Gianni Gabella, designer of many landmark Cinelli products of the period, designs a new set of investment cast lugs for the Supercorsa; these are a little shorter, with only two "points". These would be followed, shortly after (1983?), by another set of investment cast legs, still used today, with even shorter more rounded lug - emblematic of the modern Italian "sport" style - fork crown with Flying C logo, the seat tube lug and fastback stay with inlaid pearl logo above the bolt, as well as the Cinelli "spoiler" bottom bracket shell - the first bottom bracket shell to significantly resolve the problem of corrosion caused by water residue in the bottom bracket area of steel tubes.

Antonio Colombo takes greater control of the company and becomes the majority stake holder and Cino Cinelli retires, but his son, Andrea Cinelli, stays on as President for several years, collaborating with Antonio and the designers and engineers on several nascent projects of the period.

Mod. "Golden Black" (black paint, black anodized components and 18K gold plated steel parts) shown in 1983 Cinelli catalog along with Mod. SC ladies bike.

Mod. "Domino" stem (polyurethane openable upper half, alloy stem) and Mod. L saddle (plastic top, forged aluminum, wishbone-shaped frame, comes with longer aluminum bolt to use with Campagnolo Nuovo Super Record single-bolt seat post). Personalized engraving available on 1R stem from Cinelli. "VIP" saddle, bar/stem and tire bag set, all covered in matching colored suede leather.

Cinelli decal at bottom right side of seat tube is moved up above the chainring for more visibility.

The 26.2mm sleeved seat lug is replaced with a seat lug the uses a 27.2mm seat post.

The "Spoiler" bottom bracket is introduced that features a rearward facing scoop at the bottom of the bottom bracket shell.

Cinelli makes almost 300 commemorative frames with the original CINELLI decals, Columbus SL tubing and original Cinelli lugs with the three-hole cut outs (some with aluminum head badge). Antonio Columbo names these limited edition bikes "Tokyo '64" as the Japanese Olympic Committee had outfitted the entire Japanese track cycling team with Cinelli Pistas and tandem Pistas for the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. The entire allotment of Tokyo '64 bikes is sold out within days at the year end Milan trade show. Most of the frames go to Germany, Japan, and U.S.A., and most are Cinelli Silver but a few are sprayed Cinelli Rose.

Cino Cinelli dies 20 April 2001 at 85 years of age.

- Cinelli would paint or chrome frames anyway the customer wanted through the 1970s (matching a color swatch sent by customer if need be, substituting a decal for the headbadge, deleting decals, chrome etc.).

- Mod. S.C. track frames and Mod. B lack oiler and drain holes in bottom bracket shell.

- Cinelli branded Magistroni cranks along with Cinelli branded Universal side-pull brakes gone after the 1950s.

- Over the years Cinellis were built with various dropouts including Campagnolo Cambio Corsa and Paris-Roubaix, Simplex TdF and Altenburger among others.

- Cinelli M71 pedal still shown in 1983 catalog.

- Mod. Riviera city/sport bike was primarily built for the English and German markets by a builder from Monza, who never built under his own name, according to an interview with Andrea Cinelli. Over the years the Riviera was built by various companies, including Garlatti in Parma.

- Over the years Cinelli offered juvenile bikes, men's and women's Rivieras, along with city bikes, all made by various companies. But the Mod. S.C. and Mod. B were always made in house, never by an outside company.

- The head badge has the words "MARCA DEPOSITATA" at the bottom and the stem badge does not.

Cinelli Model Names
- S.C. is originally the abbreviation for "Super Corsa" (listed as "Super Corsa" in 1960 Ron Kitching catalog and listed as "Tipo Supercorsa" in 1963, 1973 and 1983 Cinelli catalogs). A "Speciale Corsa" decal replaces the "Mod. S.C." decal on the seat tube around 1965 and is used from approximately 1965 to 1975. Cino's son, Andrea Cinelli wrote that the decal was made in error but used anyway. The varnish-slide "Speciale Corsa" decal is changed to a foil around 1968.

- England 1951: Earls Court show November 8th pullout supplement lists Model S.C. Lusso (Luxury), Model B. Roma and Model C. Corsa (Mod. Riviera).

- Modello S.L. "Super Lusso" (Luxury), an early 1950s city-style bike.

- Germany 1950-early: early 50s German HORMANN catalog shows Cinelli line as: CINELLI 'A' (Riviera), CINELLI 'B' (Mod. B) and CINELLI 'C' (Mod. SC).

- England 1963: Ron Kitching catalog lists Mod. S.C., Mod. Corsa (this is the Mod. B) and Mod. Riviera.

Comparison of Cinelli Mod. SC and Mod. B details from mid-1950s to 1970
Fork crown:
- Mod. SC has a fully sloping, internal plug, fork crown that was featured on all Mod. SC from late 1940s through 1978.
- Mod. B has a flat or semi-sloping fork crown from circa 1955 to 1970.

Frame tubing:
- Mod. SC has either Columbus tubing throughout or Reynolds three main tubes with Columbus fork blades and stays.
- Mod.B has Columbus three main tubes with Falck fork blades and stays.

Bottom bracket oil ports:
- Mod. SC from mid/late 1950s to late 1960s has an oil port on the top non-drive side of the bottom bracket and sometimes a drain port centered underneath; from circa 1970- 1978 there are no oil ports.
- Mod. B doesn't have an oil port or drain port.

File finishing of dropouts:
- Mod. SC from circa 1953 to 1978 usually has flat filing at the top-rear surface as well as the top-front surface of the front dropouts.
- Mod. B almost never has flat filing at the top-rear surface, but almost always has flat filing on the top-front surface of the front dropouts.

Decorative Chrome:
- Mod. SC has many variations of chrome options (could be custom ordered), but almost always has a partial chrome seat lug along with fully chromed head lugs. Mod. SC occasionally has fully chromed fork and stays.
- Mod. B occasionally has non-chromed lugs. Mod.B seems to never have fully chromed forks and stays.

Price Difference:
The 1960 Kitching catalog lists the Cinelli Mod. Corsa (B) at GBP 13-7-6 and the Cinelli SC at GBP 17-19-6, so the price premium for a Mod. SC over a Mod. B is approximately 29 percent.

Comparison compiled by:
John Barron, Kevin Kruger, Chip Duckett, Matt Gorski, David Beck and Peter Gilbert.

Cinelli Framebuilders
- Luigi Valsasina - lured away from Bianchi to begin production of Cinelli frames for Cino Cinelli in 1949. Previously Valsasina built frames for Fausto Coppi when he rode for Bianchi. Valsasina retired in 1980, a few years after Cino Cinelli's departure in 1978.

- Serafino Tomi - handled prep and cleanup work on the frames from 1975-80.

- Claudio Chirico - in the early 1980's involved in an arrangement with Andrea Cinelli to produce additional frames for Cinelli, including the Equipe model, to satisfy the North American market. Chirico had studied frame building under Luigi Valsasina for 11 years.

- Andrea Pesenti - built Cinelli frames starting with Luigi Valsasina's retirement in 1980. He was the first one to TIG weld frames for Cinelli (the initial CMX bmx frames and the first mountain bikes, then every Laser). Pesenti built every Laser frame, including the reissue bikes.

- Mario Camilotto - built frames from 1988-91. Previously Camilotto had worked with Sante Pogliaghi as a frame builder from 1978-83.

- Giovanni Losa - Cinelli 'house' builder from the early 1990s till 2008.

Cinelli Head Badges
1947-1953 - 55mm Cinelli crest cloisonne (fired glass) silver-plate over brass head badge
1953-1958 - 56mm Cinelli crest enamel paint-filled silver-plate over brass head badge
1958-1971 - 51mm Cinelli crest enamel paint-filled silver-plate over brass head badge
1971-1978 - Cinelli crest anodized aluminum head badge
1978-1979 - Cinelli crest decal head badge
1979-today - Flying C decal head badge
- The head badge has the words "MARCA DEPOSITATA" at the bottom and the stem badge does not.

Cinelli Stem Badges
1947-1953 - 38mm Cinelli crest, cloisonne (fired glass), blue background, silver-plate over brass head badge
1953-1954 - 38mm Cinelli crest, "solid lily," blue background, enamel paint-filled, silver-plate over brass head badge
1954-1958 - 38mm Cinelli crest, "solid lily," black background, enamel paint-filled silver-plate over brass head badge
1958-1973 - 36.15mm Cinelli crest, "outlined lily," enamel paint-filled, silver-plate over brass head badge
1973-1978 - 36.15mm Cinelli crest, "outlined lily," anodized aluminum head badge

Columbus Tubing Specs from the 1963 catalog
Columbus butted frame tubes for road races:
-No. 1 - Type "SP" butted 0.7/1.0 - weight kg. 2,375 per set - Strada Pesante (Road Heavy)
-No. 2 - Type "SL" butted 0.6/0.9 - weight kg. 2,065 per set - Strada Leggera (Road Light)
Columbus frame tubes for track races:
-No. 3 - Type "PS" for Sprint and 6-days-races - weight kg. 2,435 per set - Pista Spiccato (Track Strong)
-No. 4 - Type "PL" for pursuit or record-races - weight kg. 1,830 per set - Pista Leggera (Track Light)

Cino Cinelli Palmares
Raced professionally from 1937-1944
1937 Individuale
1938-1939 Frejus
1940-1943 Bianchi
1944 Benotto

- 17th Giro di Lombardia, October

- 1st Giro dell'Appennino, August 29
- 1st Coppa Andrea Boero

- 1st Coppa Bernocchi
- 12th Giro dei Tre Mari
- 1st Stage 7, Giro d'Italia, May 14
- 1st Stage 11, Giro d'Italia, May 19
- 1st Giro di Lombardia, October 23
- 2nd Torino - Ceriale

- 1st Stage 3, Giro d'Italia, April 30
- 1st Giro della Campania, June 25
- 1st Giro della Provincia di Torino

- 1st Giro del Peimonte, May 2
- 1st Tre Valli Varesine, August

- 2nd Giro del Veneto, April 20
- 3rd National Road Championship, May 5
- 3rd Giro del Lazio, August
- 2nd Giro di Lombardia, October 19

- 3rd Giro dell'Emlia, October

- 1st Milano San Remo, March 19

Cupertino Bike Shop & Spence Wolfe
Yearly number of sales of Cinelli frames sold at Spence Wolfe's Cupertino Bike Shop in Northern California. Sales records cover the period from 1955-1977. In 1954 a complete, high-end Cinelli road bike from Cupertino Bike Shop would sell for $67.50!

Total sold at Cupertino Bike Shop from 1955-1977:

SC = 649

Mod. B = 79

Pista = 32

Strada SC by year:
1954 = 0
1955 = 1
1956 = 1
1957 = 18
1958 = 15
1959 = 29
1960 = 26
1961 = 53
1962 = 31
1963 = 15
1964 = 19
1965 = 28
1966 = 25
1967 = 25
1968 = 18
1969 = 49
1970 = 67
1971 = 60
1972 = 71
1973 = 66
1974 = 13
1975 = 13
1976 = 4
1977 = 2

Mod B by year:
1954 = 0
1955 = 4
1956 = 9
1957 = 10
1958 = 7
1959 = 15
1960 = 3
1961 = 2
1962 = 3
1963 = 7
1964 = 9
1965 = 8
1966 = 2
1967 = No sales recorded from this point

Pista by year:
1954 = 0
1955 = 0
1956 = 1
1957 = 3
1958 = 1
1959 = 4
1960 = 0
1961 = 5
1962 = 0
1963 = 1
1964 = 4
1965 = 2
1966 = 4
1967 = 1
1968 = 3
1969 = 0
1970 = 1
1971 = 0
1972 = 1
1973 = 0
1974 = 1
1975 = No sales recorded from this point

HELP!!! Can anyone establish a date on this very first Cinelli Mod. SC with sloping fork crown and fast-back seat lug reported below?

A Visit With Cino Cinelli by David V. Herlihy
Author's note: the following sketch of Cinelli's life and contributions to cycling is based on his own account as given to me (on a visit in 1986), and supplemented by information obtained from his son, Andrea.

"The fabled frame was the result of Cino's yen for a more rigid design. To this end, he conceived sloping fork crowns and the peculiar "fast-back" seat post-bolt system. Early on, he hired a Bianchi frame maker, Luigi Valsassina, to assist in frame production. (Now 85, Valsassina left the firm a few years after Cinelli's own exit). Cino recalls how his technician initially resisted such an unorthodox design. Cino, having an order to fill for the great Fausto Coppi, instructed Valsassina to build two bikes for the champion--one a traditional configuration and the other Cino's new design. Both frame-builder and racer were duly impressed with Cino's alternative, and the Speciale Corsa was born."

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Cinelli Stem Chart
Compiled and created by Jack Bissell that appeared on his much missed and lamented '43bikes' website.
* Denotes defining feature of stem
models and features
note: many overlaps and exceptions!
expander bolt
bar clamp bolt
clamping surface
Road, Track?
extremely rare
1940 to 1952 (Giotto Cinelli Florence)
'Cinelli - Firenze'* (may lack markings)
chrome plated
12mm nut

1 Road
2 & 3 Track
4 Stayer

with or without silver-plated brass badge

1947 (when the Cinelli company morphs from Giotto to Cino and moves to Milano) through 1970s
old logo 'C. Cinelli - Milano' stamp on top (several years with Cinelli Firenze still in production concurrently)
chrome plated
latest gen. has recessed allen
12mm nut
1A Road
2A, 3A Track.
forged aluminum alloy
Introduced in 1960 at the Italian trade show at Rome Olympics. Production begins 2-3 years later.
old logo 'Cinelli - Milano' stamp on top,
sometimes patent # 981528 marking on bottom
non-anodized, then clear anodized after 1965
7mm allen
12mm nut*
old logo
1A Road
2A, 3A Track
forged aluminum alloy
1972 - 1978
old logo 'Cinelli - Milano' stamp on top*, no patent#
clear anodized
6mm allen
recessed 6mm allen
grooved and ungrooved
old logo
forged aluminum alloy
1973 - 1978
old logo 'Cinelli - Milano' stamp on top and 'Cinelli' plastic face plate*
clear anodized
6mm allen
hidden bar clamp*, 6mm allen
new logo
1A Road
2A, 3A Track
forged aluminum alloy
1978 - 1990s
new logo 'Cinelli' stamp on top*
clear or black anodized, also custom factory-engraving
6mm allen
recessed 6mm allen
new logo
1R Road
forged aluminum alloy
1978 - late 1980s
new logo 'Cinelli' stamp on top, 'winged C' logo plastic face plate*
clear or black anodized, also custom factory-engraving
6mm allen, sometimes alloy
hidden bar clamp*, 6mm allen

Notes on Cinelli stems
- Most models were available in 7-14cm, in 5mm increments.
- Every Cinelli stem had a 26.4mm clamp all the way until the 1990s, with a freakish 26.0 exception from the '60s.
- 22.2mm quill was standard, also most models came in 22.0mm (French).
- The Cinelli catalog in the early '80s mentions custom engraving, but very little of the pantographing one sees was out of the Cinelli factory.

A lot of people have generously shared their knowledge over the years, particularly Steven Maasland, John Barron, Jack Bissell, Angel Garcia, Kevin Kruger, David Beck, Corey Mihailiuk and Marcello Manca among others.

I would greatly appreciate any assistance you the reader can offer in updating this timeline as this is the only way the accuracy of this timeline can be improved. -- Chuck Schmidt