Team Cinelli Chrome rider Kelli Samuelson took time out of her busy schedule to talk with wingedstore.com about her Vigorosa:
"When I first got my Vigorosa I was anxious to get it built and to see what it could do. I had been doing a lot of pursuit riding on the track so i was really excited to see that the Vigorosa could not only perform well in fixed crits but also just as stiff and responsive on the track.
A week before heading to RHC in Brooklyn I took my bike to a big open parking lot to really check out its turning capabilities. I threw in a few hairpins and was happy to see the frame could take them going a bit faster then i had thought. the front end was steady and the ride was smooth through the turns.
In New York the rain came and made for an interesting race. I wasn't worried about the handling of the Vigorosa at all. Even in the conditions when I jumped the bike jumped. Having a stiff frame on a course like Red Hook is important, the ability to get the response when sprinting out of the hairpins is key. I usually run 2 different size bikes, one for pursuit and one for fixed crits, with the Cinelli i can run the same bike, the geometry is versatile for both sprinting and pursuit."
Look for Kelli and her Vigorosa, as well with Team Cinelli Chrome this Summer competing in Fixed Gear Crits across the US and Europe. Some of the upcoming races include: Wolfpack Crit in Los Angeles July 12th, Red Hook Crit Barcelona August 30th, and Red Hook Crit Milano October 11th.
Photo Credit: Wendy Wees