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Colnago has only gone and added a gravel bike to its range

Showing just how prevalent the gravel trend is, Colnago has just launched the G3-X, its first foray into this new market with a full carbon frame and fork with space for 700x42 and 650bx467 tyres. The complete GRX equipped bike pictured here costing £4299.95.

The G3-X has some geometry changes to ensure it’s suited to gravel and adventure riding. It has a lower bottom bracket, longer chainstays to stretch the wheelbase, and a longer top tube that is designed around the use of a shorter stem. Colnago advises a 10-20mm shorter stem.

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This long front centre and short stem is an idea borrowed from mountain bikes and a few gravel bikes have adopted it, namely the Cervelo Aspero we recently tested. The idea is to liven up the handling for more responsive steering, whilst maintaining a comfortable fit for long-distance comfort.

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It’s a full carbon fibre frame and fork that looks to borrow some design cues from the V3-RS road race bike, especially around the sculptured head tube and top tube, and the dropped seat stays and internal seat clamp with an aero seatpost.

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There’s full internal cable routing, the cables entering a port on the down tube, with flat mount disc brakes and 12mm thru-axles. Colnago has added a plastic bash guard to the down tube to protect the carbon from rock strikes.

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Colnago has added the obligatory top tube mounts for a bag, but there aren’t any additional mounts. Clearly it’s a bike built for fast gravel riding and single day epics rather than adventurous bikepacking where you might want a plethora of extra mounts. There are also no mudguard eyelets, but I don’t think Colnago has ever made a bike that will take mudguards has it?

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There’ll be just one model available in the UK costing £4299.95 with a choice of two colours, metallic green/duck egg blue and carbon/white. The specification includes Shimano’s new GRX 800 mechanical groupset with a a 48/31t chainset and 11-34t cassette. Handlebar and stem come from Deda, the seatpost is Colnago’s own and the saddle comes from Prologo. Tyres are Pirelli Cinturato Gravel 40mm.

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More info over at www.colnago.com/en/bikes/g3x/ (though there is precious little detail on the website which is odd given it's a brand new bike)

 

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.