Just in: Colnago C59

All new classic carbon frameset from Colnago… and golly it's a light bike

by Tony Farrelly   October 26, 2010  

Colnago's all new C59 range-topping super bike certainly turned a few heads at Eurobike. Hand made and hand painted in Italy, this is Italian top end carbon at its finest and something of a statement of intent from Mr C - there's none of your BB30 bottom bracket shenanigans going on here, and Colnago continues to go its own way when it comes to integrated headsets and tapered head tubes: the C59 is high end carbon in the classic mould, indeed the top tube has a profile shaped like that of the classic steel Colnago Master series.

Except of course there isn't any moulding going on here, well not in the monocoque sense of the word, with the C59 Colnago sticks to its guns when it comes to lugs and tubes for their Italian built models.The major advantage here is that it means they can build in a vast number of sizes and subtly tune their frames for different sized riders in to the bargain. It's a light way to build too - fully decked out our C59 barely grazed the road.cc scales at a feathery 6.73kg; that's 14.8lb in old money.

The C59 will be available over here as a frame and fork package for £3299.99 and for that you get the frame (naturally), fork, Colnago's new C-HS semi-integrated headset which gives you the clean lines of an integrated design with none of what Colnago see as the disadvantages of some integrated designs, namely the extra stresses placed on the head tube. The bearings in the C-HS sit in an aluminium cup and the headtube itself is further protected by a lightweight internal aluminium sleeve. The C59 uses the C-HS 2 version of Colnago's headset with 11/8 bearings top and bottom.

 

Internal ribs on the top and down tube increase stiffness, say Colnago, and the squared chain and seatstays further ensure that as much of your effort as possible is transmitted to the back wheel with the minimum of fuss. The C59 is available as a custom option, although given that there is a staggering 22 stock sizes why you would need to go the custom route is something of a mystery. Oh, and all the sizes are available in two options - a Shimano Di2 frame (just let UK distributor, Windwave, know if you want one of those) or for standard mechanical groupsets.

Our test frameset came built up with some very droolworthy kit including a mainly Campagnolo Record drivetrain complemented with an FSA K-Force light chainset, bars, and brakes, and FSA Vision carbon semi deep section wheels, a very funky looking Smanie saddle and some cool looking bar tape from the same source.

Not surprisingly the new Colnago C59 hasn't hung about the road.cc offices. Since coming in for testing no sooner than it had floated out of the box, on to the scales, and fluttered its eyelashes for the camera than it was off out the door to get some serious miles under its wheels.

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Drool. Is there the normal 85kg rider weight limit in Colnago's warranty for the C59?

posted by Old Cranky [276 posts]
26th October 2010 - 16:54

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where do i get the 3+ grand for one of them? Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1081 posts]
26th October 2010 - 17:01

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Rode one the Friday of the cycle show, christ, stiffest frame I ever rode, very very fast acceleration. Lovely ....

posted by Karbon Kev [671 posts]
26th October 2010 - 17:02

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Can't think too many of the takers for a 65cm frame will be sub 85Kg Old Cranky

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
26th October 2010 - 17:20

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@fringe - £3k only gets you the frame and forks...

posted by turnerc99 [52 posts]
26th October 2010 - 17:30

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I was able to touch it at the Cycle show and loved it will have to save hard. Its certainly got wow factor and one done in the PRAL colour design would definately set the butterfiles going.

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posted by Alan Jett [19 posts]
26th October 2010 - 17:40

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That's a dream bike right there. I am insanely jealous.

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posted by Napalmhaze [78 posts]
26th October 2010 - 18:19

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I'm going into Halfords to see what the apollo equivalent will be and riding home on it. Wheels fall off...

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [325 posts]
26th October 2010 - 19:21

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If we guess the right number of mentions of Colnago is the C59 the prize? :-o

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posted by giff77 [1051 posts]
26th October 2010 - 22:28

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I'm ashamed to say I didn't count the number of 'Colnagos' on there before it went out for testing - suffice to say it was a reassuringly large amount. I've emailed Stu, our tester, to count 'em up… could be a compo coming up on that one. Smile

The bike won't be the prize

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4136 posts]
26th October 2010 - 23:21

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nice Big Grin

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posted by cian power [5 posts]
27th October 2010 - 3:57

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tony_farrelly wrote:
I'm ashamed to say I didn't count the number of 'Colnagos' on there before it went out for testing - suffice to say it was a reassuringly large amount. I've emailed Stu, our tester, to count 'em up… could be a compo coming up on that one. Smile

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I'm guessing that means I won't be allowed to enter Big Grin

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posted by stuke [309 posts]
27th October 2010 - 8:56

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Doesn't it look a bit silly with all the writing and logos plastered all over it? I know that's a very Colnago thing, but I much prefer clean smooth lines...

posted by Pierre [79 posts]
27th October 2010 - 13:59

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