Sunday, September 5, 2010

USSR National Team Cinelli Laser


Filippo writes, "A strange Cinelli Laser with asymmetric bullhorn used by a member of USSR team during late 80's."

Who can explain the purpose of this arrangement?

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7 comments:

  1. > Who can explain the purpose of this arrangement?

    This isn't April 1st. Surely it's broken!

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  2. Indeed, it is a broken handlebar. Eros Poli explains that in the protoypes where the handlebars were attached to the fork (to achieve better aerodynamics) the riders could break the handlebars from their efforts.

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  3. That was a broken handlebar. The team and Cinelli were both quick to announce that the bar was NOT a Cinelli bar, but a substandard one of either German or Russian manufacture.
    David

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  4. The broken bar was a non heat-threated made for Takhion.The white Cinelli lasers with fork-mounted bar was produced for the Sovjetic national team.

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  5. I think I saw this race or a similar accident happening to a rider. The rider became third of second and was given a second chance because of the failure. He declined the offer, saying he woundn't be any faster with a correct handelbar.

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  6. Rider name was Gintaras Umaras, Tachion bar was used with this laser, during the race bar brocked and Umaras continued the race....He woon olimpic gold then...

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  7. Umaras is great, but that rider was Alexander Kirichenko.

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