Bikes of the Epic: Mirko Pirazzoli's FRM Anakin Cape Cobra

Kansai Plascon arrived at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic with two teams riding FRM's Anakin full suspension cross-country race bikes (with the exception of Max Knox who is sponsored by Rocky Mountain). While there were a collection of Anakin's to feature: Mirko Pirazzoli's bike was the pick of the bunch with the most exotic technology at this year's Absa Cape Epic.

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The reason this bike is fitted with all the FRM wizardry is because Mirko Pirazzoli is the company's CEO. He is also no slouch on a bike, having raced professionally in the past, and placing 27th in the men's category at this year's Cape Epic.

 

FRM is obsessed with lightweight mountain bike components and Mirko's Anakin is a prime example. He claims that his dual suspension Anakin weighs in at 9.2 kilograms (excluding bottle cages and pedals).

 

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The carbon components are all hand-made in Italy and it takes an entire work day to create a single Anakin frameset, partly due to the six-hour carbon bake time.

 

The golden weave is apparently not simply an intricate paint job, but a material called Zylon which has a greater breaking resistance than kevlar. It is also used to make the cables on Formula One cars to ensure that the wheels do not detach in crashes. The gold colour is similar in appearance to the skin of the Cape Cobra, explaining the bikes name.

 

Mirko is proud of the special touches FRM can add in the manufacturing of their the carbon components, including the embossed FRM logo on the side of the top tube which he claims no factory in the East can replicate.

 


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The Anakin features a lightweight DT Swiss X 313 shock with a carbon sleeve which DT Swiss claim weighs 165 grams. Mirko has tuned the bike and shock in a way that he can run the shock with no sag but it will still produce a supple initial travel: or so he claims. The fork is produced by fellow Italian brand Formula. Mirko's Thirty3 (a reference to the stanchion diameter) is set to 120 mm travel.

 

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The derailleur, cassette, chain, and shifters are from SRAM's XX1 Eagle groupset. The gold option a (rare) appropriate choice for the Anakin frame. The FRM cranks are made from scandium alloy and are fitted with an oval FRM chainring with a narrow-wide tooth profile. Mirko has also fitted a small prototype chainguide and a SRM power meter.

 

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The wheels are also built up with FRM components. The Evo Carbon rims have a 30 mm internal diameter and weigh 375 grams. The hubs carry the Meteor name, and like the rims, are also made in Italy. The hub bearings, and those on the frame, have undergone treatment by Zero Factory which promises a 35 percent decrease in friction and improved wear resistance.

 

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The FRM Vader saddle uses a carbon monocoque shell with a strip of rubber placed down its length for some cushioning. The saddle is said to weigh 80 grams. Then there is the seat post on which the Vader sits. It is a carbon adjustable seat post (simply labeled JBG 2) with 60 mm of vertical travel. Mirko explained that it weighs a mere 220 grams.

 

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Chatting to Mirko Pirazzoli, it is clear that he is very proud of his creation.

 

Full specifications:


  • FrameFRM Anakin Cape Cobra
  • ForkFormula Thirty3 120mm
  • ShockDT Swiss X 313
  • Rear DerailleurSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • ShiftersSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • CassetteSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • ChainSRAM XX1 Eagle
  • CranksetFRM CU3
  • ChainringFRM N-C Power NS Boost 34 tooth
  • ChainguideFRM Prototype
  • PowermeterSRM PowerMeter
  • BrakesFormula R1 Racing
  • Brake RotorsFormula 160mm
  • RimsFRM Evo Carbon i30
  • HubsFRM Meteor (bearings treated by Zero Factory)
  • SpokesSapim CX Ray
  • HeadsetFRM D-Set
  • TyresSpecialized Renegade 2Bliss
  • HandlebarFRM Carbon
  • StemFRM HS-M156 ti
  • SaddleFRM Vader Carbon
  • SeatpostFRM Prototype with 60mm travel
  • PedalsShimano XTR




25 Comments

Grease_Monkey, Apr 05 2017 04:55

This is some seriously NSFW stuff!

FCH, Apr 05 2017 05:03

Sure the guy is not color blind?

mikkelz, Apr 05 2017 05:32

Awesome!

BaGearA, Apr 05 2017 05:33

Man that bike has some weird appeal to me 

 

Don't know why , i just know i want one.

 

 

 

Probably costs more than 2 s-works xc...

billygoat0523, Apr 05 2017 05:36

i wouldn't ride it...  just put it in a glass box to be admired.

solty, Apr 05 2017 08:16

I want to know what his house looks like.

Koei, Apr 05 2017 08:46

It's not a pretty bike. But it sure is pretty.

Toxic, Apr 06 2017 04:21

I like it because it is very unique, but would not want to own a bike like this

NicoBoshoff, Apr 06 2017 07:15

Ok, so pretty spacey stuff going on with the dropper and that weave, but the frame does look suspiciously similar to so many Taiwan molded bikes.  

 

Anyways, they should figure a way to get that dropper internally routed and they may have a winner. 

GavS, Apr 06 2017 07:40

why a purple front shock??

rest is pure porn though..in a weird kind of way

Aurora, Apr 06 2017 07:48

Im all for lightweight stuff but that bike is nothing great to look at for me.

To much going on and very messy dropper post cables.

Admin, Apr 06 2017 08:20

Man that bike has some weird appeal to me 

 

Don't know why , i just know i want one.

 

 

Probably costs more than 2 s-works xc...

He mentioned a figure of 18 000 Euro for the "factory" version of this bike. His has some prototype gear on this one which bumps it closer to 19k if I recall the numbers correctly.
 

TheJ, Apr 06 2017 08:25

Sure the guy is not color blind?

 

Why?

Spoke101, Apr 06 2017 08:51

He mentioned a figure of 18 000 Euro for the "factory" version of this bike. His has some prototype gear on this one which bumps it closer to 19k if I recall the numbers correctly.
 

I am 99.9% sure that is a Specialized side entry cage with a SWAT box and not a Topeak cage.

Matchstix, Apr 06 2017 08:51

This man has style. As I understand he arrived at the epic with Louis Vitton bags(don't how to spell the name). Check out Forn cycling apparel, also pimp gear.
The handlebars have a 10 degree backsweep that is very comfortable and brings. Th wrist into a more neutral position.
The rims impressed me the most. Tyres are easy to take of and fit and can be seated with a floor pump. They nailed the shape of the inside of the rim.
There wasn't a bit of paint on the frame and was taken out of the mould.
The frame is quite a bit flexy at the rear, this however didn't seem to hold any of the riders back.
The craziest part was, some days they used grease on their chains. . Grease with a hint of finish line green lube. (that being said that there chains came back cleaner than
Some the bikes the had muc off wet lube treatment on course)

Titleist, Apr 06 2017 09:37

11000 euros to buy the cheap version:

 

http://shop.frmbike....bikes-267.html 

Piraz, Apr 06 2017 12:00

Hi, Here I am

some point:
-the Epic its crazy!!!
-this is the same bike of Leonardo Paez 4'class
-this is not paint (just natural monocoque carbon with in autoclave)
-we produce one bike/day
-all part are MADE IN ITALY close to IMOLA
-price is around 18.000 euro but for any serius interest you can contact me by Facebook messanger MIRKO PIRAZZOLI (CEO FRM)
-disponiblilty 8 week form order becouse our production is normaly sould out
PS: I have no Vuitton but PIQUADRO BAG

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Apr 06 2017 12:07

Such an exotic brand but I could never get over that awful serif logo... Ruins every part for me regardless of spec. 

gummibear, Apr 06 2017 12:56

Hi, Here I am

some point:
-the Epic its crazy!!!
-this is the same bike of Leonardo Paez 4'class
-this is not paint (just natural monocoque carbon with in autoclave)
-we produce one bike/day
-all part are MADE IN ITALY close to IMOLA
-price is around 18.000 euro but for any serius interest you can contact me by Facebook messanger MIRKO PIRAZZOLI (CEO FRM)
-disponiblilty 8 week form order becouse our production is normaly sould out
PS: I have no Vuitton but PIQUADRO BAG

Hi Mirko

 

That is a very special machine.

Piraz, Apr 06 2017 01:17

Thanks

Grey Hubs, Apr 06 2017 01:49

Hi, Here I am

some point:
-the Epic its crazy!!!
-this is the same bike of Leonardo Paez 4'class
-this is not paint (just natural monocoque carbon with in autoclave)
-we produce one bike/day
-all part are MADE IN ITALY close to IMOLA
-price is around 18.000 euro but for any serius interest you can contact me by Facebook messanger MIRKO PIRAZZOLI (CEO FRM)
-disponiblilty 8 week form order becouse our production is normaly sould out
PS: I have no Vuitton but PIQUADRO BAG

Now that weave would look interesting in Red or Yellow!! Unique is really cool!

Pikey, Apr 06 2017 08:34

That's some nice tech on that bike,especially that zylon coating. That frame must be as stiff as a plank.
And that saddle,omg 8 days on that.
Pretty cool ride

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Apr 06 2017 10:43

Such an exotic brand but I could never get over that awful serif logo... Ruins every part for me regardless of spec. 

 

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Shebeen, Apr 07 2017 12:46

Hi, Here I am

some point:
-the Epic its crazy!!!
-this is the same bike of Leonardo Paez 4'class
-this is not paint (just natural monocoque carbon with in autoclave)
-we produce one bike/day
-all part are MADE IN ITALY close to IMOLA
-price is around 18.000 euro but for any serius interest you can contact me by Facebook messanger MIRKO PIRAZZOLI (CEO FRM)
-disponiblilty 8 week form order becouse our production is normaly sould out
PS: I have no Vuitton but PIQUADRO BAG

cool, welcome to the hub, we are crazy too!

amazing to see a bike where no expense or attention to detail is spared. did it hold up well? can you sit yet after 8 days on that saddle?!

 

See you back next year for epic, maybe pioneer trek/sani2c etc etc, the list is long!

 

bit confused, bike has got #Lionpaez on swingarm, but is labelled 21-1 so must be your bike (his racenumber was 7-1).

 

Also it is quite funny that a team sponsored by a paint company has an unpainted frame

Shebeen, Apr 07 2017 12:49

max:hey hector, you want to race epic with me?

hector:sure, you can join our team!

max:great, but i've already got a bike sponsor

 

2 months later, max picks him up at the airport....wow, nice bike!