Italian frame building and a large helping of amore – the Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc shows the best of bella Italia and combines it with a Berlin twist, as this bike is manufactured in the German capital. Does the custom bike from Niccolo Bonanno stand a chance against the international giants? You can find out here.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2020 – 13 high-carat road bikes in review

Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc | 8.07 kg (size 57) | € 7,000  | Manufacturer’s website

With the Futomaki Disc, Cicli Bonanno want to combine traditional manufacturing with modern technologies, equipping the frame with flat mount disc brakes, internally routed cables and Syntace’s X12 thru-axles and direct mount derailleur hanger. Buy the frame, and you can customise both the build and geometry to get a tailor made frame. As part of the package, there are no limits on your creativity for your chosen finish. The Columbus Spirit steel tubing of our test bike has been carefully chosen, dimensioned and finished to the very last detail to create a harmoniously proportioned frame.

The Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc in detail

The Light Wolf built wheelset pairs Pacenti Forza rims with Carbon-Ti X-Hub SP hubs and is shod in 700 x 28C Continental GP 5000 tires, making full use of the bike’s clearances. The timeless, modern look is augmented by the mechanical 2×12 Campagnolo Record Disc groupset, which separates the bike from the rest of the test field. For the cockpit and seatpost, Cicli Bonanno fit Fizik Cyrano components, resulting in a total build weight for a size 57 of 8.07 kg. For the custom frame in this configuration, potential customers will have to set aside € 7,000 – we think that’s a fair and justified price.

Attention to detail
While the brake hoses run inside the stainless steel tubes, the gear cables run externally. The elegant and practical cable bosses are nicely integrated.
Power with finesse
The Campagnolo brakes, developed in collaboration with MAGURA ,delivered the best stopping performance in our test.
Rien ne va plus
The tire clearance around the seat tube is pretty minimal. Style level 1,000. Mud and dirt clearances -2.

Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc

€ 7,000

Specifications

Seatpost Fizik Cyrano 00 25 mm
Brakes Campagnolo Disc 160/140 mm
Drivetrain Campagnolo Record Disc 12-Speed
Stem Fizik Cyrano R1 110 mm
Handlebar Fizik Cyrano R1 Carbon 440 mm
Wheelset Laufräder: Lightwolf, Felge: Pacenti Forza, Nabe: Carbon TI X-Hub SP
Tires Continental GP 5000 700 x 28C
Gearing 50/34 T und 11–32 T 2x12

Technical Data

Size Custom auf Anfrage
Weight 8.07 kg


International synergy
Syntace’s German engineering in the hanger and dropouts meets Italian aesthetics.

The geometry of the Cicli Bonanno

Size 57 (Custom on requeste)
Seat tube 535 mm
Top tube 555 mm
Head angle 73.0°
Seat angle 73.5°
Chainstays 407 mm
BB Drop 70 mm
Wheelbase 965 mm
Reach 374 mm
Stack 570 mm

Steel bikes are just for romantic dreamers? Not a chance! There’s a lot of performance in this build!

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The Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc in review

In direct comparison to its carbon competition, the Futomaki Disc does require a little more input from a standstill, but stays efficiently at speed, where it sprints and accelerates willingly out of corners or slipstreams. While it climbs adequately quickly, it’s really the downhills where the bike plays to its strengths. It may not feel as instantaneously fast as the carbon ‘supersport’ bikes, but on average, there’s no appreciable difference in speed. That’s not least due to the high level of comfort, resulting from a harmonious balance between the steel frame, 28 mm tires, carefully chosen wheels and carbon components. The Futomaki Disc offers enough vibration damping without swallowing up all feedback from the road. The lively and playful handling makes every corner a joy to carve through for experienced riders and the agility of the short rear-end and quick handling front are very well matched. However, beginners may want to take some time to get used to the quick steering, not least because of the frame’s large toe overlap. Thanks to the custom options you also have the opportunity to determine handling preferences with the frame builder, Niccolo. The Futomaki Disc offers a reliable ride thanks to its predictable character and huge amount of braking power on offer from the Campy stoppers. It also invites you to take in the odd farm track – as long as the minimal tire clearances of the rear allow you to.

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Riding Characteristics

4

Agility

  1. cumbersome
  2. playful

Stability

  1. nervous
  2. confident

Handling

  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively

Comfort

  1. firm
  2. comfortable

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data

Cicli Bonanno
Futomaki Disc

Size: Custom auf Anfrage
Weight: 8.07 kg
Price: € 7,000

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3

Conclusion

The Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc’s playful character screams for tight corners and is a guarantee for long-term riding enjoyment. There is a definite prerequisite for knowing what you want with the overwhelming choice of custom options available, but this also makes it possible for everyone to turn their personal steel dream into reality. However, beginners will quickly become overwhelmed when confronted with the choice on offer and with the build tested by us, will likely be unable to cope with its agile handling. This is not a bike for those who don’t know what they are doing.

Tops

  • individuality and customisation without superfluous glamour
  • good all-round characteristics
  • lasting satisfaction

Flops

  • significant toe overlap
  • limited tire clearances at the rear

For more info head to cicli-bonanno.com

The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2020 – 13 high-carat road bikes in review

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Words: Benjamin Topf Photos: Valentin Rühl