After several years of development, now in its third iteration, the Saetta Radical Plus is the epitome of understated luxury, with its sleek lines. It is named after the Italian translation of “bolt of lightning”.
Featuring a matt almost black finish with gloss decals and the iconic Cinelli winged “C” picked out in a contrasting red. The Saetta Radical plus makes a statement without needing to shout about it.
There are superficially almost no straight lines on the Radical Plus, with each tube section seamlessly blending into the next. This creates a frame that is built with long-distance comfort and endurance racing in mind. The monocoque fork from the Columbus Lab insures sharp handling and steering accuracy. In combination with the stiff Miche Altur wheelset, the Radical Plus is an excellent climber.
Suitable for the advanced amateur rider, the comfortable, compact sloping geometry will see you through the toughest of Sportives and other events. The frame is predrilled to accommodate an upgrade to an electronic groupset. Also available in size XS, perfect for riders with standover height issues.
Skeletal Efficiency Philosophy
The top tube is reinforced at the edges and is thinner at the centre, just like the bones of a human skeleton. This principle reduces the weight of the bike without compromising its strength. The new 1-1/8” – 1-1/4” oversized head tube increases the stiffness in the front part of the frame.
Progressive Flexion Control The curvature of the rear seat stays continues into the top tube, giving continuity to the carbon fibres, improving lamination and achieving progressive flexion control for a more fluid and safe ride.
The joints of the frame are the zones subjected to the most strain when the bike is being ridden. The bottom bracket area is a good example. These areas are dimensioned to minimise the forces acting on the frame, extending its life and increasing its reliability.
- Sizes: XS (43), S (44), M (48), L (52), XL (56)
- Frame Weight: 1150g
- Fork Weight: 380g
- BB threading: BSA
- Seatpost: 31.6mm
- Front derailleur: Braze on
- Cable Routing: Internal with an electronic group – External with a mechanical group
- Headset: Columbus Compass 1-1/4” carbon
- Frame: Columbus Carbon Monocoque
- Fork: Columbus Carbon Monocoque 1-1/8” – 1-1/4”
- Components: Shimano Ultegra/Miche 11x
- Saddle: Selle Italia X1
- Bar/Stem/Seatpost: CInelli DNA
- Wheelset: Miche Altur
- Tyres: Vittoria Rubino
Winner: Best on Test, Cycling Plus September 2015
“An exceptional ride…a great road all-rounder. One of the best available at the price – a real black on black beauty, 4.5/5.” Cycling Plus September 2015
“…subtle looks belie a great all-round machine that has little compromise on its spec sheet and performs really very nicely. Forget about the bling and enjoy the ride…9/10” Cycling Weekly May 2015
“We were very impressed with the comfort of the Saetta…this is an all-rounder that could easily suit a sportive as it would a road race. 4.5/5” What Cycle? Magazine Spring 2015
“A great ride with a well-balanced frame…9/10” Bikes Etc Magazine August 2015