Like a Fine Italian Suit
In the early 1980s Colnago put to use new materials like, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber to make his frames both lighter and more race worthy. Ernesto collaborated with another famous Italian firm, Ferrari motor sports, to develop the engineering and testing needed to bring a carbon monocoque frameset to market. These initial attempts may not have met the lofty goals Colnago had for his designs but it did put his company at the head of the pack in terms of carbon manufacturing technology. Once the Colnago C-Series was born there has been no looking back, and the following C40, C50 and C59 frames proved that the material could make bikes amongst the best the world has known. Now with more than thirty years manufacturing bikes from carbon fiber, Colnago has taken their frame engineering to the next level in their incredible C60. The most apparent difference between the C60 and all previous C-series bikes is the return of Colnago’s star-shaped tubing, and matching lugs, for the full length of all but the seat tube in the main triangle. This required their engineers to produce tubing and lugs to a previously unachievable tight tolerances. The result is that Colnago was able to produce large diameter, thin-walled tubes with improved stiffness and reduced weight compared to its predecessors. In developing the C60 Colnago continues a long tradition of using lugged construction and custom tubing to build customizable bikes for the fastest riders in the world.
While lighter than the previous C59, building the lightest frame possible was never the design impetus of the C60. Instead, the C60 focuses on providing a high performance ride without sacrificing ride quality, elegant design and top-level safety (surpassing the EU impact standard by 5x). As part of this design philosophy Colnago opted to use replaceable bearing seats for the headset and developed a proprietary bottom bracket, PF82.5 which, which accepts any BB86 compatible crank but utilizes a replaceable aluminum pressfit cups screwed into a removable center sleeve. While this is clearly heavier design than modern pressfit standards it allows the bottom bracket pieces to be replaced after they have begun to wear, eliminating creaks and increasing long term performance and durability of the bike.
The high-end road market is crowded with frames that are lighter or more aerodynamic than Colnago offers, but many of those require compromises that Colnago was not willing to put into the C60. This frame is stiff enough for even the burliest pro-tour sprinters and will accelerate without a watt wasted, while providing enough compliance to keep you feeling fresh during a long ride. Simply stated the Colnago C60 was designed to perform to the highest expectations for a broad type of riding conditions and terrain. Combined with stunning paint schemes this is an aesthetically pleasing machine that will perform for a lifetime.