Colnago has just launched a new entry-level road bike (well, entry-level for the Italian company) called the CR-S which features a carbon fibre frame with a relaxed geometry to appeal to sportive and leisure cyclists.
Despite the entry-level intentions, Colnago says the new C-RS has high-quality ambitions with “cutting-edge technical solutions and the latest designs,” including an integrated seatclamp with a 27.2mm seatpost and dropped seatstays to deliver more ride comfort.
Colnago has given the frame a press fit bottom bracket which has allowed it to increase the width of the bottom bracket shell, and therefore the diameter of the downtube which it says contributes to a stiffer frame. Other latest design features include the use of internal cable routing.
Wider tyres are increasingly popular especially on bikes not designed solely for racing, and Colnago has provided space for up to 25mm, which might not be wide enough for some potential customers.
The C-RS is offered in eight sizes, and taking a size 52, we can see Colnago has used a relatively relaxed 71.9-degree head angle in combination with a long 1,002mm wheelbase and tall 163mm head tube. The stack is 564mm and the reach is 384mm.
Complete builds will start with Shimano 105 and include an Ultegra/105 mix and a complete Ultegra model. No prices have been confirmed yet, it’ll be interesting to see how competitively priced the bikes are.
“The C-RS was created to meet the demands of cyclists looking for a high-quality product without compromise,” says Colnago. We look forward to putting it through its paces soon.
More details soon. www.colnago.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.