Made of butted Columbus Life steel tubing with a triple butted chromoly fork, the new Cinelli Hobo has geometry somewhere between a travel bike and cyclocross bike. That should make it both fast and comfortable over the long haul, something they tested with three riders in this year’s 12,000km Tour d’Afrique.
The Hobo is part of their Bootleg project, which essentially creates mashup bikes that span (and defy) categories to create something that’s capable across a range of disciplines. In this case, it’s capable of hauling butt for several months with daily rides of 70-ish miles.
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It’s not on their website yet, but the official presentation just happened this week and word is it’s a 2014 model. Things like spare spokes, fender and rack mounts, triple bottle cages and full length cable housing make it what it is. The absence of disc brakes might seem an error, but depending on where in the world it takes you, having commonly accessible replacement parts trumps the latest spec. Pricing details aren’t out yet, we’ll update as we get more.