Tifosi CK1 2012 Review

Tifosi’s CK1 is the ideal bike for anyone who is searching for a Cyclocross, touring or commuting bike due to its reliable and durable components and comfortable design, which also makes it suitable for both beginners and experts.

The Tifosi 7005 triple butted alloy frame is simple and effective for those who wish to race, however, it is not the most exciting of frames and some may also consider it to be on the slightly heavy side at 1,720 g (with the carbon fork weighing in at 850 g). However, this bike is obviously designed to be something of a workhorse rather than a bike that exhibits the very latest in extravagant design and as ever, the devil is in the detail and as people often say, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and the CK1 definitely proves itself when it is being ridden, not by how it looks.

Mudguard and rear carrier braze on bosses are fitted on the CK1, as standard and another plus is that all of the cables have been routed alongside the top tube, which means they are further away from any filth, which increases their durability. The frame is also relatively long and low, which will really suit competitive riders and in addition also has a long stem (Cinelli/3T), which means that riders are stretched out when cycling, which is a position much more suited to competition than leisurely rides, so is perhaps a bike to avoid if you are looking for extreme comfort.

The CK1 is obviously designed with speed and racing in mind, made obvious not only by the forced positioning of the rider but also by the combination of the frame angles, long stem and the wheelbase, as these all affect the handling, making it much more speed focused. The Campagnolo Khamsin CX wheels are impressive and have a very comfortable shape to them, having characteristic triple-spoke grouping, in addition to high-quality bearing, which is essential to ensure long-term, high performance wheelset.

Something to note, however, is that although the mid-volume Vittoria Cross tyres look grippy, if you do not feather traction on steep or moveable surfaces when you are climbing or cornering, then you will find that the bike slips. It is easy enough, however, to swap these tyres for those that suit you better if you find that you don’t get along with the Vittoria Cross tyres.

The Campagnolo brakes and ergo power levers on the CK1 Cyclocross work extremely well and are impressively sharp when you need them most, such as when you’re on the verge of losing control when cornering or riding over rough terrain. This brings riders additional comfort, as well as outstanding control. The Tifosi CK1 Cyclocross can truly cope with the hardest of rides and races, as well as the daily commute, provided that you are aware of and comfortable with the positioning.

The Tifosi CK1 Cyclocross comes in the following sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL.

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