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World Cup 105 Complete Bike-2015 Black, 52cm

If the aggressive, race-ready feel of the World Cup SL Complete Bike's frameset is any indication, then Colnago definitely wants us to rethink the viability of aluminum in a 'cross bike. "Trust me," says the frame, "I can do everything that you see the pros do on carbon but at a fraction of the cost." We admit to some initial skepticism -- not least of all because framesets can't actually talk -- but the World Cup's ride quickly dispelled our misgivings. In fact, the frame's power transmission and low weight make us question why we ever got into carbon 'cross bikes to begin with. Colnago managed to smooth the typically harsh ride of double-butted aluminum. While it's not as plush as some carbon frames, it does manage to dissipate road noise and trail chatter without hammering your arms or body or hampering your feel for the terrain. It still retains all of aluminum's power transmitting stiffness, though, so it doesn't leave a lot of wasted watts on the course when you're hammering out of corners, while the extended reach of the rear stays accommodates bigger tires and allows for clearance of mud and debris. One of our favorite features of the World Cup SL is the curved bar running from the top tube to the seat tube. This was allegedly added at the behest of one Mr. Albert, the then-world champion, in order to effortlessly and comfortably shoulder the bike for hills and obstacles. The tight, compact geometry and low head tube and rake make for aggressive handling while the bike's underneath you -- virtually the same geometry that Albert rode while wearing the rainbow stripes in 2013. While the bike's kit isn't quite on par with what Albert rode, its durability is more than welcome for our more humble applications. The drivetrain showcases Shimano's new 105 11-speed with FSA's no-nonsense Omega Compact crankset. The World Cup also includes the reliability of SRAM's disc brakes, which many of us feel are the best option for 'cross racing today because they brake con...

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Master Road Framset-2015 Grey, 56cm

When you throw a leg over the top tube of Colnago's Master Road Frameset, you're stepping over the divide between eras. The Master was first manufactured in the 1980s, and its construction hasn't changed much since -- even the assembly jigs used are the same. In an industry where marketing hype can often border on hyperbole and each new great leap forward in innovative technology seems to be surpassed yet again in the next model year, the Master's ride is still as plush, still as springy, and still as steel as it was some 30 years ago. While other frames have been riding a self-congratulatory wave of perpetual "innovation," the Master has just been riding. Its timeless design means it will continue to do so for the next 30 years. The Master's lifeblood is its clover-shaped DT15V steel alloy tubing, which differs from the original Master's Colombus tubing in name only. When Columbus moved its factory from Italy, Colnago poached the engineer responsible for drawing these tubes, so they're virtually the same material and design with different branding. The signature cross section finds expression throughout Colnago's line, but the Master's long, slender tubes lend the shape a certain romance that makes the latest carbon techno-bobbles look like over-priced toys. The clover shape isn't just for looks, though. It actually reduces twisting under load for less lateral flex without sacrificing vertical compliance. The lugs also help by reinforcing critical joints for power transfer, but we love them primarily for their aesthetic value. The use of steel in cycling fell out of vogue because of our collective obsession with weight. Make no mistake, the Master is a little heavy -- at least compared to bikes like Colnago's new monocoque frame, the V1-R. We normally shy away from tepid modifiers like "a little," but when we say the Master is a little heavy, we really mean only a little. It's easy to build it up within one or two pounds of almost any of the lightweight wonder f...

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C60 Road Frameset-2015 Black/Italia, 48cm

Ever since Colnago set the cycling world on its head in the 1980s by building a carbon bike, no carbon frame has been as universally celebrated as the C40. Now, after more than a decade of development that spanned the C40, the C50, and the C59, Colnago is once again redefining our expectations for a bicycle of any material. The brand-new, superlative Colnago C60 Road Frameset combines the sure handling and plush ride of an endurance frame with the kind of sprint-ready punch that puncheurs like Voeckler and Japanese champion Arashiro need for hard kicks and uphill sprints. The C60's inimitable ride quality begins with a convoluted materials list of nine different types of carbon fiber. The carbon is laid out with different moduli at different parts of the frame to meet different demands of stiffness and comfort, but the important take-away is that every fiber is sourced from Toray's Japanese factory. Toray also has operations in China and elsewhere, but the carbon produced in Japan is the most consistent in the world. It's guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why it's the same stuff that Boeing insists on for its aircraft. This carbon is so sought after that Toray enjoys a degree of selectivity in who they sell it to, so Colnago is the only cycling manufacturer able to use it for 100% of their frames. While the materials are worth celebrating, Colnago's expertise has been and always will be in frame design. Despite its plush ride, the C60 is a power machine at heart, with a shorter wheelbase and lower stack height than its co-captain, Colnago's V1-R. The frame demands that the rider give it precise direction, but it also gives the rider absolute control over where it's going. It dives headlong into tight corners and changes lines seamlessly even in the middle of turns, and it transfers power as well as any frame we've had the pleasure of riding in anger. This power transfer comes from construction elements like the enormous down tube, which is ten millimete...

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V1-R Road Framset-2015 White, 52cm

We typically associate the name Colnago with tradition, history, and lugged joints. From the steel Master we fell in love with in our youths to the legendary C40 that made carbon viable in even the most punishing races, lugged construction has long been Colnago's signature. The all-new V1-R Road Frameset isn't the first monocoque model that Colnago has given pride of place in its line of bikes, but it does feel like a break in tradition for the Italian manufacturer. That being said, it also represents the renewal of an old tradition. For the V1-R's development, Colnago has officially partnered with Ferrari for the first time since the mid-'80s. From aerodynamic refinements to stiffness and hardware innovations, the collaboration and its product are remarkable successes. The V1-R may be the first monocoque frame in Colnago's stable that's light enough to hold its own with other top-end monocoque framesets. Its claimed frame weight of just 835 grams puts it squarely in the middle of the other monocoque frames you'll see in the pro peloton, addressing a common climber's critique of Colnago frames: they're heavy. In fact, losing weight is something of a theme for the V1-R. It drops 150 grams compared to its predecessor, the Colnago M10. In addition to refined tube shaping and the world's best carbon fiber, small details like carbon rear dropouts and direct-mount brakes no doubt contribute by eliminating unnecessary hardware. The monocoque frame also allows for more aerodynamic shaping, doing away with bulky lugs to maintain a wind-cheating cross section throughout every part of the frameset. The V1-R is meant for riding in variable conditions and at variable speeds, not just time trials, and Colnago calculated that we typically ride at yaw angles of 12-18 degrees. To accommodate these aerodynamic demands, the V1-R's vertical tubes, seatpost, and fork were designed with a rounded leading edge and an abruptly terminating, flat-back tail. This results not only in a sm...

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Master Winter Gloves Black, L

Anyone who's ever watched an edition of the Giro in May knows that, when it comes to cold-weather cycling, Italians know their stuff. That's why Colnago's Italian-made Master Winter Gloves put a layer of WindTex material between your hands and the elements, keeping the wind and frigid moisture of winter out of your microclimate. The palm is padded to protect against the depredations of the road, and it includes silicone grip to keep your hands on the bars when the roads are slick. Thermal lining preserves your body warmth and a hook-and-loop closure seals the cuff to protect the gains made by the gloves' materials.

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Strada SL 105 Complete Bike-2015 Black/Black, 52cm

The secret to enjoying Colnago's spin-happy Strada SL 105 Complete Bike is hidden in its name. Strada is Italian for road, road is a homophone for rode, and rode's present tense form is ride. Code cracked: the Strada SL is for cyclists who just want to ride rather than pose with their super-expensive carbon dream machine. We admit that our methodology may be unscientific and even a bit simple and childlike, but we're certain that you'll come to the same conclusion the first time you throw a leg over the Strada's hydroformed top tube. That process of hydroforming is evidence of Colnago's decades of frame-building mastery. It produces tubes that transition from stiff, polygonal cross sections at the joints responsible for power transfer (read: the head tube and bottom bracket) into round, compliant shapes at the tube junction to absorb road noise and smooth out bumps. This keeps the ride comfortable while limiting the tubes' ability to twist and flex under load. The tapered head tube and carbon fork continue this paradoxical trend of stiffness with a comfortable ride into the bike's front end. The Strada's geometry is similar to the V1-R, with variations of a millimeter or a fraction of a degree here and there, depending on the size. That means the Strada SL has race-ready geometry that won't force you to contort into a knot in order to navigate a huge drop from saddle to bars. It holds steady lines through sweeping corners without the twitchy skittishness of carbon fiber criterium bikes. The oversized aluminum tubing takes advantage of the geometry's racing pedigree by giving the ride a firm reactivity to pedal input whether you're accelerating out of corners or opening the throttle on a climb. The bike features Shimano's all-new 11-speed 105 drivetrain, which may well be the most durable, longest-lasting 11-speed group available today. It's also a hell of a value, an element that's further enforced by the inclusion of the same Shimano FC-R500 crankset as the m...

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Prestige Disc Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Team, 56cm

Ever since it replaced the C50 Cross as Colnago's dedicated cyclocross bike, the frameset at the heart of the Prestige Disc Ultegra Complete Bike has enjoyed success at races of all stripes. It's done especially well with stripes of the rainbow variety, enjoying no fewer than six podium spots and two outright wins at the cyclocross world championships. Normally, we reserve introductory paragraphs for anecdotes about a how a bike's tech specs transfer to real-world applications, but we think that the Prestige's results on the biggest stage in 'cross speak for themselves. The frame's main triangle is a single piece produced in a monocoque mold to maximize stiffness and durability by wrapping the carbon fibers continuously across the joints. Given the focus on pure, unforgiving power transmission in the monocoque main triangle, we were initially surprised to see that Colnago opted for lugged stays. The Italian manufacturer reassures us that the lugs are for longer stays and maximum tire and mud clearance, but we also suspect that considerations of vertical compliance and noise-cancellation may have contributed to this decision. After all, Colnago is known for ride quality, and if we were to break that amorphous idea down into more quantifiable terms, they might very well be a plush ride with trigger-happy responsiveness. The Prestige's half-monocoque, half-lugged construction satisfies this metric. Another consideration that's important for 'cross is weight. Over the course of a hectic race, you've got to accelerate out of corners, bunny hop obstacles, and carry the damn thing on your shoulder, so a heavy frameset is likely to cost you a win before you even begin. The Prestige's low weight helps in all regards, and the unique, buttress-like arm extending from the down tube to the top tube helps especially with shouldering the bike, setting it down, and letting it rest comfortably for the time in between. This may be the only bit of comfort afforded you during the ...

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CX Zero 105 Alloy Complete Bike-2015 Black/Black, 52cm

Colnago markets the CX Zero 105 Alloy Complete Bike as a "gran fondo" bike, but we know better. This is, after all, the same "gran fondo" geometry that the professionals at Europcar have field-tested across both the stones of Roubaix and the peaks of the Tour. This is one of the only geometries to be used in virtually every race on the European calendar, so we know for a fact that it's capable of comfortably noodling through charity rides and hammering across the Alps -- it all depends on what type of cyclist you want to be on any given day. The CX Zero Alloy frame's geometry is exactly the same as the CX Zero Evo that team Europcar races on with one exception: the seat tube is a more robust 31. 6 millimeters. It still has the same long wheelbase, high stack, and short reach as the CX Zero Evo, which puts you in a more comfortable and stable upright position than traditionally aggressive racing frames like the C60, relaxing your arms and opening the angle between your torso and thighs. While aluminum doesn't have the built-in dampening of carbon fiber, the CX Zero Alloy is still built to keep you from being rattled out of the saddle. The seatstays are thinned and slightly flattened to absorb hits and road noise, which is further complemented by the chainstays' slight up-kick at the rear dropout. The chainstays thicken as the approach the bottom bracket, which maintains efficient power transfer for long days spent grinding up climbs and helps the frame find the ideal balance between stiff efficiency and plush ride comfort. The Shimano 105 drivetrain continues the CX Zero Alloy's balancing act by coming out ahead in three metrics that seem mutually exclusive: reliable durability, precise operation, and economic concerns. 105 boasts improvements to the trim in the front, the spring and cable pitch in the rear, the indexing in the shifters, and the lever bodies themselves, which have been slimmed down to more closely match Dura-Ace. The only significant sacrifice 1...

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AC-R Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Orange, 52cm

If you're a cycling manufacturer that can claim over 1,600 victories in the international racing circuit, then you can be excused for standards so absurdly high that the AC-R Ultegra Complete Bike can be considered your entry-level race machine. If you're any brand but Colnago, though, the AC-R and its race-ready Ultegra drivetrain would be among the stars in your lineup. The AC-R's all-star pedigree starts with its raw materials. As with all of Colnago's carbon frames, 100% of the carbon used in its construction comes from Toray's Japanese factory. Toray also has operations in China and elsewhere, but the carbon produced in Japan is the most consistent in the world. It's guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why -- in addition to Colnago's C60, V1-R, K-Zero, etc., frames -- it's the only material Boeing will use in its aircraft. This carbon is so sought after that Toray enjoys a degree of selectivity in who they sell it to, so Colnago is the only cycling manufacturer able to use it for 100% of its frames. The AC-R's geometry also recommends it for all-star status. It's the same as Colnago's retired M10, which was the Italian manufacturer's flagship monocoque frameset before the advent of the all-new V1-R. The M10's geometry was built for racing in the European peloton, and the AC-R doesn't disappoint in this regard. The long wheel base provides confident, comfortable control in sweeping corners, fast descents, and variable terrain, but the abbreviated head tube means that the front end can be slammed enough to satisfy the most critical of crit racers. Whatever your application, the AC-R is equal to it. As you'd expect from a Colnago, the AC-R also places a premium on comfort without sacrificing responsiveness. It ensures efficient power transfer with elements like the tapered head tube, a built-up bottom bracket, and shaped chainstays while smoothing the ride with compliant, flattened seatstays. The oversized legs on the carbon fork also absorb road noise an...

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AC-R Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Black/White, 50cm

If you're a cycling manufacturer that can claim over 1,600 victories in the international racing circuit, then you can be excused for standards so absurdly high that the AC-R Ultegra Complete Bike can be considered your entry-level race machine. If you're any brand but Colnago, though, the AC-R and its race-ready Ultegra drivetrain would be among the stars in your lineup. The AC-R's all-star pedigree starts with its raw materials. As with all of Colnago's carbon frames, 100% of the carbon used in its construction comes from Toray's Japanese factory. Toray also has operations in China and elsewhere, but the carbon produced in Japan is the most consistent in the world. It's guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why -- in addition to Colnago's C60, V1-R, K-Zero, etc., frames -- it's the only material Boeing will use in its aircraft. This carbon is so sought after that Toray enjoys a degree of selectivity in who they sell it to, so Colnago is the only cycling manufacturer able to use it for 100% of its frames. The AC-R's geometry also recommends it for all-star status. It's the same as Colnago's retired M10, which was the Italian manufacturer's flagship monocoque frameset before the advent of the all-new V1-R. The M10's geometry was built for racing in the European peloton, and the AC-R doesn't disappoint in this regard. The long wheel base provides confident, comfortable control in sweeping corners, fast descents, and variable terrain, but the abbreviated head tube means that the front end can be slammed enough to satisfy the most critical of crit racers. Whatever your application, the AC-R is equal to it. As you'd expect from a Colnago, the AC-R also places a premium on comfort without sacrificing responsiveness. It ensures efficient power transfer with elements like the tapered head tube, a built-up bottom bracket, and shaped chainstays while smoothing the ride with compliant, flattened seatstays. The oversized legs on the carbon fork also absorb road noise an...

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CX Zero Evo Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Black, 50cm

The Colnago CX Zero Evo Ultegra Complete Bike may be the best, all-purpose machine that we've seen roll through our doors. Starting with raw carbon -- which is sourced exclusively from Toray's Japanese factory so it's guaranteed perfect, every time -- and ending with a full drivetrain of Shimano's redesigned Ultegra groupset, this build of the CX Zero Evo is the only bike you'll need for any application. This isn't just marketing speculation; rather, it's a proven hypothesis. Team Europcar has successfully field-tested the CX Zero Evo for you, conquering conditions as varied as the cobblestones of the Hell of the North and the highest peaks in the Tour. If you're a cyclist who's ready to take the next step, then the CX Zero Evo Ultegra is the one. The CX Zero's flexibility is evidenced by the longer wheelbase, higher stack, and shorter reach, which put you in a more comfortable and stable upright position than traditionally aggressive racing frames like the C60. This translates to making butter of rough, chipseal road surfaces over long days on the rural roads whose tendency toward uninterrupted expanses mean they often feature in both training rides and races to avoid impacting the host community's day-to-day. The seatstays are also thinned and flattened to absorb hits and road noise, and the 27. 2 millimeter seat post provides even more compliance for a plush ride. The use of different carbon moduli throughout the frame ensures that these forgiving qualities don't come at the cost of efficient power transfer. The bottom bracket, down tube, and head tube are all built up with higher moduli carbon that virtually eliminates lost watts due to torsional flex. The chainstays also feed into the bottom bracket with a generously oversized tube shape that further complements the frame's overall stiffness without sacrificing ride comfort. There is a school of thought that any components that don't share branding with the professionals' gear is "slop," unfit to ride in an...

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CX Zero Evo Dura-Ace Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Black, 54cm

In the final kilometers of a race, when you're gearing up to lay down your final bit of reserve power on the road, Colnago's CX Zero Evo Dura-Ace Complete Bike ensures that you won't be second guessing your equipment. You've trained for months to build up your power stores, and you're using a meter and heart rate monitor to measure those stores out over the course of an event, so you need that effort to be transmitted to the road as efficiently as possible. The CX Zero Evo's combination of unrivaled Colnago engineering and what may be the best mechanical groupset in the industry today eliminates virtually any inefficiencies in your machine, so you can ride assured that your only limitation is yourself. As proof, we submit the fact that team Europcar has successfully field-tested the CX Zero Evo in the pro peloton, conquering conditions as varied as the cobblestones of the Hell of the North and the highest peaks in the Tour. While the industry's current focus on precise specialization tries to convince us that a range of capabilities this wide is impossible, the CX Zero's paradoxical ability to make butter of unforgiving surfaces while still laying down efficient watts on long, grueling climbs proves otherwise. Not only that, but its long wheelbase, shorter reach, and slightly higher stack mean it rides comfortably for 20, 50, or 150 miles -- a claim that aggressively slammed front ends like Colnago's C60 can't make. The ride is smoothed by a few other features throughout the frame's geometry, such as the thinned and slightly flattened seatstays and the 27. 2 millimeter seatpost, the latter of which provides a degree of compliance that integrated and oversized seatposts can only dream of. The use of different carbon moduli throughout the frame ensures that these forgiving qualities don't come at the cost of efficient power transfer, though. The bottom bracket, down tube, and head tube are all built up with higher moduli carbon that virtually eliminate lost watts ...

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CX Zero Evo Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Black, 45cm

The Colnago CX Zero Evo Ultegra Complete Bike may be the best, all-purpose machine that we've seen roll through our doors. Starting with raw carbon -- which is sourced exclusively from Toray's Japanese factory so it's guaranteed perfect, every time -- and ending with a full drivetrain of Shimano's redesigned Ultegra groupset, this build of the CX Zero Evo is the only bike you'll need for any application. This isn't just marketing speculation; rather, it's a proven hypothesis. Team Europcar has successfully field-tested the CX Zero Evo for you, conquering conditions as varied as the cobblestones of the Hell of the North and the highest peaks in the Tour. If you're a cyclist who's ready to take the next step, then the CX Zero Evo Ultegra is the one. The CX Zero's flexibility is evidenced by the longer wheelbase, higher stack, and shorter reach, which put you in a more comfortable and stable upright position than traditionally aggressive racing frames like the C60. This translates to making butter of rough, chipseal road surfaces over long days on the rural roads whose tendency toward uninterrupted expanses mean they often feature in both training rides and races to avoid impacting the host community's day-to-day. The seatstays are also thinned and flattened to absorb hits and road noise, and the 27. 2 millimeter seat post provides even more compliance for a plush ride. The use of different carbon moduli throughout the frame ensures that these forgiving qualities don't come at the cost of efficient power transfer. The bottom bracket, down tube, and head tube are all built up with higher moduli carbon that virtually eliminates lost watts due to torsional flex. The chainstays also feed into the bottom bracket with a generously oversized tube shape that further complements the frame's overall stiffness without sacrificing ride comfort. There is a school of thought that any components that don't share branding with the professionals' gear is "slop," unfit to ride in an...

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Master Gloves Black, M

Colnago's Master Gloves are the ultimate way to complement the superb ride quality of frames like the new C60 or the legendary steel Master itself. The gloves' ergonomic bodies combine two materials, a stretchy, ventilating material and a soft toweling that gently wipes sweat from your face and brow. Colnago did away with fastening devices, opting instead for a slip-on design that doesn't abrade other clothing with hook-and-loop patches. The palm is lightly cushioned and grippy, so it absorbs road noise but not at the cost of losing touch with your handlebars, and the gloves are made in Italy from Italian materials, so they also keep you in touch with the Italian heritage at the heart of your name Colnago frameset.

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CX Zero Evo Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Black, 52cm

The Colnago CX Zero Evo Ultegra Complete Bike may be the best, all-purpose machine that we've seen roll through our doors. Starting with raw carbon -- which is sourced exclusively from Toray's Japanese factory so it's guaranteed perfect, every time -- and ending with a full drivetrain of Shimano's redesigned Ultegra groupset, this build of the CX Zero Evo is the only bike you'll need for any application. This isn't just marketing speculation; rather, it's a proven hypothesis. Team Europcar has successfully field-tested the CX Zero Evo for you, conquering conditions as varied as the cobblestones of the Hell of the North and the highest peaks in the Tour. If you're a cyclist who's ready to take the next step, then the CX Zero Evo Ultegra is the one. The CX Zero's flexibility is evidenced by the longer wheelbase, higher stack, and shorter reach, which put you in a more comfortable and stable upright position than traditionally aggressive racing frames like the C60. This translates to making butter of rough, chipseal road surfaces over long days on the rural roads whose tendency toward uninterrupted expanses mean they often feature in both training rides and races to avoid impacting the host community's day-to-day. The seatstays are also thinned and flattened to absorb hits and road noise, and the 27. 2 millimeter seat post provides even more compliance for a plush ride. The use of different carbon moduli throughout the frame ensures that these forgiving qualities don't come at the cost of efficient power transfer. The bottom bracket, down tube, and head tube are all built up with higher moduli carbon that virtually eliminates lost watts due to torsional flex. The chainstays also feed into the bottom bracket with a generously oversized tube shape that further complements the frame's overall stiffness without sacrificing ride comfort. There is a school of thought that any components that don't share branding with the professionals' gear is "slop," unfit to ride in an...

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CX Zero 105 Complete Bike-2015 Black/Yellow, 52cm

There are certain times in cycling when only the very lightest equipment will suffice. For example, if you're Voeckler, Europcar's irrepressible puncheur, you've been off the front for 70 kilometers for the third day in a row, the finish line is 400 meters of 12% grade away, and the sprinters are breathing down your back. At that point, the slight weight penalty in the Colnago CX Zero's 105 groupset may be safely considered a liability. But if you're like many of us, and the hard-charging chase is only in your head, then a bike like the CX Zero with 105 presents the perfect blend of reliable, budget-conscious components with a frameset that's worthy of the pro peloton. The CX Zero's smooth, efficient ride starts with the same long wheelbase, high stack, and short reach as the CX Zero Evo used by Europcar in every race of the year, suffering only minor penalties in weight and stiffness. Both frames put you in a more comfortable and stable upright position than traditionally aggressive racing frames like the C60. The CX Zero's seatstays are thinned and slightly flattened to absorb hits and road noise, which is further complemented by the chainstays' slight up-kick at the rear dropout for a plush ride over unforgiving courses like Roubaix. The chainstays also spring from the built-up bottom bracket with a stiff thickness that keeps power transfer efficient for long days spent grinding up climbs. At a more basic level, the frameset is built from the same Japan-sourced Toray carbon fiber used in Colnago's line-topping C60 and -- we're not making this up -- Boeing's aircraft. This carbon is trusted for such prestigious applications because it's the most consistent carbon fiber in the world, guaranteed perfect, every time, so it all but eliminates the chance of random, uncaused structural failure. That quality makes it so sought after that Colnago is the only manufacturer able to use 100% Japanese carbon fiber in its frames. The Shimano 105 drivetrain is, admittedly, a...

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CX Zero Evo Dura-Ace Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Black, 54cm

In the final kilometers of a race, when you're gearing up to lay down your final bit of reserve power on the road, Colnago's CX Zero Evo Dura-Ace Complete Bike ensures that you won't be second guessing your equipment. You've trained for months to build up your power stores, and you're using a meter and heart rate monitor to measure those stores out over the course of an event, so you need that effort to be transmitted to the road as efficiently as possible. The CX Zero Evo's combination of unrivaled Colnago engineering and what may be the best mechanical groupset in the industry today eliminates virtually any inefficiencies in your machine, so you can ride assured that your only limitation is yourself. As proof, we submit the fact that team Europcar has successfully field-tested the CX Zero Evo in the pro peloton, conquering conditions as varied as the cobblestones of the Hell of the North and the highest peaks in the Tour. While the industry's current focus on precise specialization tries to convince us that a range of capabilities this wide is impossible, the CX Zero's paradoxical ability to make butter of unforgiving surfaces while still laying down efficient watts on long, grueling climbs proves otherwise. Not only that, but its long wheelbase, shorter reach, and slightly higher stack mean it rides comfortably for 20, 50, or 150 miles -- a claim that aggressively slammed front ends like Colnago's C60 can't make. The ride is smoothed by a few other features throughout the frame's geometry, such as the thinned and slightly flattened seatstays and the 27. 2 millimeter seatpost, the latter of which provides a degree of compliance that integrated and oversized seatposts can only dream of. The use of different carbon moduli throughout the frame ensures that these forgiving qualities don't come at the cost of efficient power transfer, though. The bottom bracket, down tube, and head tube are all built up with higher moduli carbon that virtually eliminate lost watts ...

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CX Zero Disc Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike-2015 Matte Grey/Red, 50cm

If we were forced to select one bike in our stable that embodies the trends of design that we think will dominate the industry in the near future, it would be Colnago's CX Zero Ultegra Di2 Complete Bike. It's got all of the latest features that we're starting to see in the peloton -- including a more classics-oriented, endurance geometry and an electronic groupset -- combined with disc brakes. Though disc brakes aren't currently UCI-legal, we expect to see them in the pro ranks in the next few years, and once they're standard in Europe, they'll be standard the world over. The CX Zero Disc's frame has the same long wheelbase, high stack, and short reach as the CX Zero Evo, suffering only minor penalties in weight and stiffness. In fact, they share a geometry, so the size chart posted below is applicable to either frameset. The more expensive CX Zero Evo weighs a claimed 50 fewer grams and has a stiffer head tube and bottom bracket than the CX Zero, but both frames put you in a more comfortable and stable upright position than traditionally aggressive racing frames like the C60. The CX Zero's seatstays are thinned and slightly flattened to absorb hits and road noise, and the chainstays spring from the bottom bracket with a stiff vertical thickness that tapers into an up-curve where they meet the rear dropout. While the geometry and disc brake mounts are the frame's defining features, the quality of carbon fiber used in its build would make it a star in any other manufacturer's line. Over nine different types of carbon appear throughout the CX Zero Evo's construction, all of which are sourced exclusively from Toray's Japanese factory. This is the most consistent carbon fiber in the world, guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why it's the same stuff that Boeing insists on for its aircraft. This carbon is so sought after that Colnago is the only manufacturer able to use 100% Japanese carbon fiber in its frames. The bike's kit is the stuff of science fiction -- or...

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CX Zero Evo Dura-Ace Complete Bike-2015 Grey/Black, 52cm

In the final kilometers of a race, when you're gearing up to lay down your final bit of reserve power on the road, Colnago's CX Zero Evo Dura-Ace Complete Bike ensures that you won't be second guessing your equipment. You've trained for months to build up your power stores, and you're using a meter and heart rate monitor to measure those stores out over the course of an event, so you need that effort to be transmitted to the road as efficiently as possible. The CX Zero Evo's combination of unrivaled Colnago engineering and what may be the best mechanical groupset in the industry today eliminates virtually any inefficiencies in your machine, so you can ride assured that your only limitation is yourself. As proof, we submit the fact that team Europcar has successfully field-tested the CX Zero Evo in the pro peloton, conquering conditions as varied as the cobblestones of the Hell of the North and the highest peaks in the Tour. While the industry's current focus on precise specialization tries to convince us that a range of capabilities this wide is impossible, the CX Zero's paradoxical ability to make butter of unforgiving surfaces while still laying down efficient watts on long, grueling climbs proves otherwise. Not only that, but its long wheelbase, shorter reach, and slightly higher stack mean it rides comfortably for 20, 50, or 150 miles -- a claim that aggressively slammed front ends like Colnago's C60 can't make. The ride is smoothed by a few other features throughout the frame's geometry, such as the thinned and slightly flattened seatstays and the 27. 2 millimeter seatpost, the latter of which provides a degree of compliance that integrated and oversized seatposts can only dream of. The use of different carbon moduli throughout the frame ensures that these forgiving qualities don't come at the cost of efficient power transfer, though. The bottom bracket, down tube, and head tube are all built up with higher moduli carbon that virtually eliminate lost watts ...

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Competitive Cyclist
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AC-R Ultegra Complete Bike-2015 Black/White, 54cm

If you're a cycling manufacturer that can claim over 1,600 victories in the international racing circuit, then you can be excused for standards so absurdly high that the AC-R Ultegra Complete Bike can be considered your entry-level race machine. If you're any brand but Colnago, though, the AC-R and its race-ready Ultegra drivetrain would be among the stars in your lineup. The AC-R's all-star pedigree starts with its raw materials. As with all of Colnago's carbon frames, 100% of the carbon used in its construction comes from Toray's Japanese factory. Toray also has operations in China and elsewhere, but the carbon produced in Japan is the most consistent in the world. It's guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why -- in addition to Colnago's C60, V1-R, K-Zero, etc., frames -- it's the only material Boeing will use in its aircraft. This carbon is so sought after that Toray enjoys a degree of selectivity in who they sell it to, so Colnago is the only cycling manufacturer able to use it for 100% of its frames. The AC-R's geometry also recommends it for all-star status. It's the same as Colnago's retired M10, which was the Italian manufacturer's flagship monocoque frameset before the advent of the all-new V1-R. The M10's geometry was built for racing in the European peloton, and the AC-R doesn't disappoint in this regard. The long wheel base provides confident, comfortable control in sweeping corners, fast descents, and variable terrain, but the abbreviated head tube means that the front end can be slammed enough to satisfy the most critical of crit racers. Whatever your application, the AC-R is equal to it. As you'd expect from a Colnago, the AC-R also places a premium on comfort without sacrificing responsiveness. It ensures efficient power transfer with elements like the tapered head tube, a built-up bottom bracket, and shaped chainstays while smoothing the ride with compliant, flattened seatstays. The oversized legs on the carbon fork also absorb road noise an...

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