The Hobootleg is Cinelli’s flagship steel adventure bike.

Since its original conception and fine tuning in two successive editions of the mythical Tour d’Afrique in 2012 and 2013 (genesis to which the bicycle’s livery pays homage), the Hobo Bootleg, has broken the Guinness World Record for crossing the world by bicycle as well as conquered all seven of the world’s highest mountain passes and dialed up more than a million kilometres in adventure riding.

The result is a tried and tested, ultra-reliable, Hoboing adventure bike like no other in the world. From the use of triple-butted Columbus tubes, to its electrophoretic paint job, to its Tubus bike ricks, to its custom ovalised Cinelli handlebar, to its bartape decorated with the sign language of early 20th century American hobos, there is no detail of this bike which has not been obsessively tuned, tested, retuned and perfected over the last 5 years to enable you to ride it, straight out of the box, as hard and far as you like without a second thought.


The Cinelli HoBootleg was conceived in the deserts of Africa and designed in the Columbus Lab with optimal performance for any terrain in mind. Columbus’ unrivaled steel has enabled the Cinelli design team to create a frame with the perfect balance between strength, weight and comfort. Additionally, thanks to a properly applied rust-treatment, the Cinelli HoBootleg frame-set has an almost unlimited fatigue resistance.



In 2012 Dario Toso took part in Tour d’Afrique with a specially customized Bootleg Racing Rats bicycle. This was the beginning of a truly amazing adventure.
He collected a lot of feedbacks useful to design the brand new Cinelli Bootleg specifically engineered for off-road rides on long distances.

In September 2013 the new Cinelli HoBootleg was born on the lessons learned at Tour d’Afrique 2012. The first prototypes were then tested along the whole TdA 2013. The Tour d’Afrique is the longest and most exciting bicycle race in the world – 12,000 km from Cairo to Cape Town. The ultimate test of endurance and tenacity amidst some of the most beautiful environments and cultures in the world.


Sustainability is a core requirement for Cinelli. Anthropogenic pressures on the Earth have reached a scale where an urgent change of route towards sustainability is inescapable.
The choice of a stainless steel frame  with electrophoresis treatment is due to the desire to prolong the lifespan of the frame and every details has been designed in order to facilitate the maintenance of the product. We consider this as a first step towards better sustainability.

Long lasting

All the HoBootleg frames are corrosion-proof thanks to the ‘Never-Rust’ electro-chemical process that protects both the external & internal sides of frame and fork tubes. the “Ergo Steering Stop” is a special headset- block, able to avoid the handlebar to knock on the top-tube during on-shoulder bike-transportation.


During adventure you must expect the unexpected! That’s why we designed all the parts and components in order to be replaceable. A non-integrated 1-1/8” headset ensured the maximum inter changeability and adjustability in case of accident, as well as the non-integrated seat-clamp does: any eventual damage get repaired fastly and easily! An additional-spokes holder is integrated on the right chainstay of the frame.


The reinforced blades of the Unicrown CroMolly steel-fork ensure a total reliability even while using two heavy frontal travel-bags. All the mechanical cable-activated devices (brakes, derailleur and shifter) have a unique full- wiring cable- routing system, dust&water proof: no compromise for the performance of these important devices.



Cinelli ambassadors are continuously exploring the planet for testing the HoBootleg in such diverse conditions helping us to improve the next genera on products. Since the first HoBootleg prototype was made, many courageous explorers have been riding the HoBootleg to the remotest corners of the world and back.

In less than 5 years, more than 200,000 kms of road, dirt and sand have been explored by HoBootleg adventurers, a Guinness World Record has been set (Paola Gianotti, 2015), and countless, breathtaking moments witnessing the beauty of our planet have been experienced.



Strange word with stranger ethimology which embodies a founding myth of American culture. Hobo means love for adventure, wide open spaces, freedom of movement. The Hobos are fantastic characters born in the late ‘800 together with the railway invention, when the cheapest way to travel was to jump on freight trains. Vagabonds of all ages, youngsters, oldsters, childrens and families, always in search of luck and fortune. To travel and live America without paying the ticket.

This long adventurous journey through America, from ‘800 to ‘900, will rise a genuine culture: a way of life dictated by hard times, like the gold rush and the great depression. But full of poetry! In fact, the Hobo’in fascinated young and old people, artists and rebellious spirits, that become Hobo
not for the need but for the desire and the spirit of adventure. These included Jack London, the brilliant “tramp of the stars” that captures the myth of the wilderness, or Jack Kerouac, father of the Beat Genera on and endless mental wanderings.

“Hobo means love of adventure, wide open spaces, freedom of movement. It’s a way of life dictated by hard times like the gold rush and the great depression, but full of poetry! Starting from the early years of American XX century, nowadays the Hobo spirit is more alive than ever: we’ve found it in the soul of a traveller who rides his bike as the Hobo rode the freights. For the love of life, the open spaces and the world!”

Antonio Colombo

“In this endless matrix of streets, cars, cell-phone towers, businesses, houses, jobs, and families, the train tracks are a trapdoor exit, a gap, an exception where silence and lawlessness still reign. If highways and roads are America’s veins, the hundreds of thousands of miles of tracks are like those chakra diagrams in acupuncturists’s offices, the hidden flows of energy that affect the body as a whole. It’s as if the vapor of several hundred years of America’s daring and rugged spirit is contained within the wafting, intoxicating smell of hot railroad tar. It is the last truly American place, untainted by the regrets of modern progress. Each ride is a roll of the dice, a unique and unpredictable experience. Perhaps that’s why we do it, to gamble, to relinquish control completely and give ourselves over to fate and luck.” (Aaron Lake Smith Vice Magazine January 2013)

And today? The Hobo spirit is more alive than ever! We’ve found it in the soul of a traveler who rides his bike as the Hobo rode the freights. For the love of life, the open spaces and the world. In short, to realize the dream of the riders of all me, the journey without limits or boundaries. Derailed from the tracks of the ordinary, to embark on the road of adventure. With the new HoBootleg, sure, an expression of freedom!

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

Jack Kerouac – On the Road

Hobo bicycle code


1. Be self-contained, but ready to help each other
2. Live in the open space waiting both for sun and rain
3. You don’t need new clothes but a new consciousness
4. Know how to use your eyes even better than your camera
5. Never feel foreign
6. Measure your forces to enjoy the journey till the end
7. Take care both of the mechanical as well as the human engine
8. Make your self visible without being intrusive
9. Use both the helmet and the head below it
10. Cultivate the freedom to get lost, and the ability to find yourself



The Hobootleg Accessories line is designed to be useful and able to pass on the adventurous spirit that HoBootleg has.

The cycling lifestyle we tried to embody in the Hobootleg accessories line is a combination of exploration and fun, with the company of good friends. The HoBootleg is a great traveling mate, faithful and sincere in its steel core, always ready to embark on a new adventure.



Hobo Alphabet Volée Ribbon

Learn Hobo Alphabet wrapping your new ribbon on! The more you use it the most it looks good! Show the world how far can go your adventure!


A new chapter begins with GEO, the ultimate adventure-bike for the offroad travel, which will take you where no one has before. Tested and refined crossing the incredible Darien Gap, the most secluded jungle on the earth, between Colombia and Panama, where the Pan-American road stops.

Ridden by Lucas Brunelle and Chas Christiansen, the GEO is the latest evolution of the Cinelli Bootleg adventure bikes line, expanding the travel-experience also to the off-road lands.