Colnago launches first full-fledged aero bike

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Developed to be as fast as possible, the new Colnago Concept takes aero and adds Italian style. The new bike takes its name from the first carbon model that Colnago developed in partnership with Ferrari back in 1986, and builds on that racing pedigree to develop a bike where speed was the highest priority. 

Colnago says that they studies every detail to eke out as much aero performance they could while at the same time working their carbon magic to improve drivetrain stiffness for the racing machine. That refined carbon development also promises a frame that will keep a racer fresh and comfortable after a long day in the break to sprint for the win at the line.

Colnago Concept rear triangle

Colnago headed to the wind tunnel to the develop the Concept, which is no surprise, and went through 41 iterations of the frame before arriving at the final design, which has a claimed weight of 990g, paired with a 400g fork. That ensures the Concept remains competitively light for an aero bike.

Colnago Concept 3-min

Colnago have slimmed down the fork through 90 per cent of its length to boost the Concept’s aero credentials, while other features designed to help the bike cut through the wind include the front and rear derailleur cable routing, which feeds into the downtube behind the headtube, and the truncated airfoil tube profiles, most obvious on the downtube. The rear wheel closely hugs the seattube, while the aero-profiled seatpost is held in place by an internal, wedge-style clamp.

The brakes are direct mount units, which offer a small improvement in braking power, and they take up usual position on the fork and seatstays – no hidden, over-complicated, proprietary designs here, which is good to see. Colnago have also designed their own direct mount calipers, so if you spec the bike with SRAM (who don’t currently offer a direct mount brake), you won’t have to use Shimano or Campagnolo brakes.

Colnago Concept head set-min

The Concept uses the same Colnago-designed ThreadFit82.5 bottom bracket as the C60. It’s a smart bit of kit, which combines the width and rigidity of a PressFit bottom bracket with practical and replaceable threaded cups – the best of both worlds.

Colnago Concept 2

Colnago prides itself on their race focus, and was quick to point out that the new Concept frameset has already been approved by the UCI for competition. The bike will be available in at least four standard builds, three with Campagnolo groupsets and one with mechanical Dura-Ace. A SRAM eTap build was also shown, highlighting the setup with even fewer wires. The Concept comes in eight standard sizes from 51-62cm for the effective seattube length.

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