Bedtime bike: the new Cinelli Nemo Alessandro Mendini limited edition gravel bike
Italian bicycle maker Cinelli has personalized its Nemo Gravel bike with the iconic geometric patterns of radical Italian designer Alessandro Mendini that appear on its frame, fork, stem and seat post.
The bike is sold exclusively online at Cinelli Store in a limited edition collection of 30 numbered pieces, in the style of the Italian design master who died in 2019.
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Cinelli says: âNemo Gravel Alessandro Mendini is a project born from the interaction of Alessandro Mendini and Antonio Colombo, pushed and sketched by Alessandro Mendini for Cinelli which was finally completed thanks to the generous and philological contribution of his daughters Fulvia and Elisa Mendini.
âAlessandro Mendini and Alchimia met Antonio Colombo’s Cinelli as he began to orient every innovation in bikes and components towards art and design.
“Mendini believed in the hybridization of the arts and this led him to radical design, neo-modern architecture and a calligraphic, coloristic, symbolic, romantic and problematic approach to design.”
Mendini was one of the protagonists of the radical design movement in the 1960s; he was a designer and architect, mixing cultures and forms of expression, from graphics, furniture, painting to writing. Now its iconic geometric patterns come to life as a bicycle.
The frame itself is also 100% made in Italy, with triple butted Columbus Spirit HSS steel tubing formed and assembled for a stiff but compliant ride quality.
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The Nemo Limited Edition has been assembled with components from Italian manufacturers; Campagnolo supplies the 13-speed Ekar groupset, the Nemo rides on Fulcrum’s Rapid Red 500 wheels and Pirelli’s 35mm Cinturato Gravel tires, and San Marco’s Shortfit Dynamic Wide saddle completes it all.
The bike was on display at the Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery in Mendini’s hometown, Milan, and on November 5, it heads to London for an exhibition at Rouleur Live.
The Cinelli Nemo Alessandro Mendini Limited Edition Gravel Bike comes with a numbered fine art print and a Certificate of Authenticity.