Cinelli Tutto Review
  • Overall rating
5

Summary

If you like aggressive-riding single speeds, it would really be tough to beat this frame if you are looking for a steel frame for your build.

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Pros

  • Aggressive and fast geometry
  • Cool paint scheme
  • Huge tire clearance
  • Able to ride a variety of terrain

Cons

  • Paint on fork chips easily
  • Kind of expensive for a single speed frame
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The Cinelli Tutto was a frame that was released in 2018 and was essentially a replacement for the MASH Work frame that they had put out with MASH for the previous handful of years.

MASH went out on their own, and came out with a frame, so Cinelli, no longer able to just sell the Work frame, came out with their own version as well. The Tutto was meant to be a do-it-all kind of bike.

Cyclocross, commuting, fixed gear, or work bike, it can do it all. After riding the bike for two years, let’s talk about some of its pros and cons, and whether this frame from Cinelli would be a good fit for your next build.

Features

First, let’s talk a bit about some of the features this bike frame has. It is constructed out of triple-butted Columbus steel. It has a rather short wheelbase, and overall a rather aggressive frame geometry.

Cinelli recommends if you are looking for a little less-aggressive fit to order a size up. I purchased the size 54 frame, which has a top tube length of 52cm and a stand over height of 54cm.

The straight fork and low rake mean that this bike rides pretty aggressive, but that is not a bad thing.

Ride Quality

The very first thing that’s apparent when you hop on the Tutto is the high-quality steel and how it absorbs road vibrations so well. It honestly is right up there with my carbon-framed Colnago in terms of comfort on the ride.

You always hear people talking about how “steel is real”, and how steel bikes are just as good as carbon at absorbing the road vibrations, but to be honest I never really experienced that with many steel frames.

That is, until I rode the Tutto. They knocked it out of the park with the triple-butted Columbus tubing, and to this day, every time I hop on it and start a ride, I can’t help but smile because it feels so good.

This bike really loves to dive into the turns and has quite a short turning radius due to it’s narrower wheelbase. When you are riding the Cinelli Tutto, it feels rather explosive under you.

To say it’s a fast-riding bike would be an understatement. The frame itself is quite stiff for a steel frame, and the acceleration feels quite good when you are really putting the hammer down.

Construction Quality

The overall construction of the Tutto is quite nice. It is a TIG-welded frame, so the welds are all low profile and not bulky like you see on aluminum frames. It is not a lugged frame, but this helps it look a little more edgy.

The paint is a matte paint that seems to be reasonably durable on the main frame. On the fork, the orange and purple fade looks great in person, but I have noticed that this paint does not seem to hold up as well as the gray paint that is used on the main frame.

Just from hitting the fork with my ABUS chain lock I have chipped it in a few spots. It is a little disappointing that the colored paint seems to be less durable, because the fork really catches your eye against the gray on the main frame which then ultimately makes you notice the chips.

At the end of the day though, this is just a cosmetic issue and does not hinder the performance of the frame whatsoever.

Another thing that is really nice about the Tutto is that it has machined and polished dropouts which add a few points to the bling-factor, and also make it easy to get your chain tension just right. Wheels seem to slip a little less when you are tightening them when the dropouts are machined as opposed to just being cast in the metal like they are on some lower-end bikes.

Overall Impression

Overall, after two years of riding the Tutto, I can say without a doubt that it is a very capable bike. I have used it as a work bike when I was a messenger riding for a food service, I have used it for commuting, and I even used it on a 35-mile bikepacking trip down gravel trails.

It has clearance for rather wide tires which is sweet, and the cantilever brake mounts mean that no matter what brake you end up choosing you can be sure that your tire of choice will fit.

My Build

For some context, I will list how I have the bike set up now. This build had no budget, and I wanted high-quality components to go along with the frame. I have H Plus Son Archetype wheels with Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ tires.

For the crankset I have my Tutto set up with SRAM Omnium cranks, and some Shimano MTB pedals so I can use my Chrome shoes with them. This is a nice set up because the shoes look like regular sneakers but have a recessed cleat for a better experience while riding compared to regular shoes.

Up front I’ve got some Salsa wide mountain bike bars, with Paul Components brake levers and Jagwire cables down to the brakes, which are TRP CX 8.4 mini V-brakes. Kool Stop brake pads help me slow down. The stem and seatpost are both Zipp, and I’ve got a Fizik Arione 00 Versus Evo saddle for comfort and to keep the weight down.

Conclusion

Well, I hope that this review was helpful, and maybe even helped some of you decide whether or not the Cinelli Tutto frame would be a good fit for you.

If you like aggressive-riding single speeds, it would really be tough to beat this frame if you are looking for a steel frame for your build.

I think that with nice components, this bike will stand out and ride great for a variety of riders. I wouldn’t hesitate to challenge it with whatever kind of ride you are attempting because this frame is truly able to handle it all.

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  1. James Sanderson April 22, 2020
  2. Simon September 14, 2020