Just a few months back at Eurobike we featured the new aero NK1K that Cipollini launched with their (his) signature dramatic flair. We were teased then about a separate disc brake version of the road race bike, but they hadn’t finished one well enough to show. Well, now it’s ready, so let’s have a closer look at the frame that shares a lot of elements with the rim brake model, but gets the disc details where it counts…
The new NK1K Disc brake shares the same lines as the NK1K Direct Mount. In fact Cipollini says that both bikes share the exact same profile. All of the variation to handle the different loading requirements are of the two brake options is then managed entirely through layup inside the monocoque mold.
The NK1K Disc uses the same rear wheel cutaway, angularly shaped and Kamm-tailed tubing profiles, plus the same semi-integrated headset cover. Both bikes talk about aerodynamics as a priority, but it is hard to ignore the versatility of big tires on the road these days. Even with the deep rear wheel cut, this bike photographed with 25mm Vittoria clinchers on relatively wide Vision Metron wheels looks to have plenty of room for possibly even 30mm rubber front and rear.
The disc brake frame adds flat mounts for 140mm rotors to go with 12mm thru-axles front and rear.
The disc brake frame is said to add just 30g over the rim brake version for a claimed weight of 1,150g. It is available as a frameset in a bare carbon and minimally detailed finish called Naked Anthracite.
Never let someone tell you that fame and style don’t come at a price. The NK1K frameset with frame, fork, headset, and seatpost retails for $7300.