Now I’m going to be upfront right upfront about this. I was asked to ride and review this for a video we were making at work about this bike. It should have ended there, but I was so surprised about the ride I felt compelled to write this.
I was really interested by this from the moment I clapped eyes on the finished bike as it looked so similar (in my head at least) to my last bike. It’s sloping top tube, it’s compact rear end, it appeared to share the same geometry as the De Rosa. Going back and comparing photos of the two though the Tifosi Cassini is slimmer than the De Rosa, and looks more elegant as a result. Styling wise it’s more subdued, definitely less Italian looking, but classy nonetheless. When it was first built up in the shop I was bowled over by the finish. It seemed to be of a higher standard than the De Rosa, and the frame felt more robust. In hindsight this is probably down to the smaller tube sizes, but at the time I assumed that it was down to an increase in frame weight. Bike wise the Tifosi did feel a little heavier, but then spec wise the two bikes are quite different.
Before I rode it I had a preconception of how the bike would ride, and I was so surprised to find out I was wrong. I’d feared that it would have no feeling at all. We’ve previously sold some brands that carbon bikes felt… lifeless, and I’ve ridden some other Big Brand carbon bikes that have felt equally as a dull. But this, this felt lively, this felt fun, this had the same kind of feeling that made me buy the De Rosa after riding one for just 15 minutes. It didn’t appear to be able to sprint quite as quickly, although that may have been my legs, but after being made to ride down multiple cobbled streets (whilst trying to get a certain shot) it did feel more forgiving. This will be down to the smaller tube sizes, in particular the seat stays. The bottom bracket is broader than on the De Rosa and it’s this which give the Tifosi it’s rigidity where it needs. It does feel that you get everything out of it that you put in, but as it has a little more flex in the seat stays it feels as though you can then keep going for longer. Now I’m all for this, and it’s something that I wish that I’d had on my first road bike. It’s also really well balanced, giving you the confidence to descend and corner at speed, All of this, coupled with one other point make this the ideal beginners carbon road bike. This custom build bike starts from an incredible £1,000 which is well done under half the price of the bike I have been comparing it to. It is ridiculously good value for money, and if I was in the market for a second bike then this would be it. Having to ride this certainly didn’t feel like work, and if I can sneak it out again I most certainly will.
The Tifosi Cassini is exclusive to Ubyk, and is available to order on the site now. Prices start from £1,000. Click here for more details.