Cilo was a Swiss manufacturer of bicycles that filed for bankruptcy in 2002. The bicycles were produced on the shores of Lake Geneva in Romanel-sur-Lausanne in the Vaud canton.
Cilo is an acronym for Charles Jan Lausanne-Oron. The abbreviation of the name from the manufacturer "Jan" was transformed in "i" for pronunciation purpose in French. "Lausanne-Oron" refers to a holding in Lausanne, associated to the industrialisation of the city at the turn of the 20th century.The company was founded in 1914 and became pretty successful.
Hans Knecht became world champion in 1946 riding a Cilo bicycle; other notable riders include Ferdi Kübler, Hugo Koblet and Tony Rominger.Cilo co-sponsored the cycling team Cilo–Aufina with Aufina from 1980 to 1986, and then with Atari and Ciclolinea in 1992.
The bike we present here is based on one of their popular models from late 1970s. Thise Cilo is beautifully crafted racing bicycle made of Reynolds 531 with the typical Swiss attention to detail. Regarding the design, Cilo usually went the classic way with little extravagance and decent colours. The material and geometry were as classic as the appearance.
As for the equipment, a complete Shimano 600 groupset has been mounted, ensuring a trouble free handling and great functionality.
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