Pro bikes: Team Wiggle Honda’s Colnago C59
The new Wiggle Honda Women’s Pro Cycling team launched today in London and along with a star-studded lineup of riders, that includes Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott, revealed they'll be riding Colnago C59 race bikes with Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets.
Colnago’s C59 (read our review) is the Italian company’s flagship race bike and is, in my opinion, the most elegant bike in the peloton. The C59 has been around for a couple of years. It was four years in development and comprises the company’s latest carbon fibre developments to produce a frame, hand built in Cambiago, Italy, that weighs 950g.
It’s made using carbon fibre lugs with the tubes bonded into them, giving the frame is traditional look. It’s a more time consuming construction method but does allow Colnago to offer a wider range of sizes, and to go small enough for some of the women on the new team.
The head tube is tapered, 1.25″ at the bottom and 1.125″ at the top. The downtube has an internal I-Beam running from head tube to bottom bracket, this serves to add additional stiffness to the tube. The cables are routed internally, though as we can see in this photo some are made redundant with the fitting of Campagnolo’s electronic groupset, EPS.
We’re seeing a lot of Campagnolo sponsored teams switch to Super Record EPS this year, after just a few teams dabbled with it this year. It’s the first year we’ve seen such widespread adoption of electronically shifting drivetrains.
Campagnolo also supply the teams wheels, the deep-section Bora’s spotted here. Continental supply the team with tyres, and Deda the handlebars and stems. I spotted several bar/stem configurations on the team bikes that were at the launch, they’re not all riding one-piece affairs like this one.
Fizik are onboard as well, and supply the team with saddles and bar tape. Finally, water bottles are from Tacx.
Expect to see these bikes going very fast this season.