Hot on the heels of the recently announced Made-in-Italy C60 Road Bike, the new V1-r race bike from Colnago checks a slew of different boxes. It’s the lightest bike the company has ever made, ditches the distinct lugged fabrication, and due to Taiwanese production, its a hell of a lot cheaper.
At 835 grams ( fork + frame + hardware), the $4,750 Italian racer is priced at nearly $1,500 less than the C60, so it slots in at a slightly higher price point than a Tarmac and Madone, while still weighing less than offerings from Pinarello. This Colgnago is optimized for speed, and the V1-r tubeset, fork blades, and seat stay shapes were tested extensively in the wind tunnel. Furthermore, the carbon fiber was selected in cooperation with Ferrari, which makes for a package that Colnago claims is “the best monocoque frame” in their sixty year history. Up front, the V1-r fork uses a two-bolt direct mount rim brake. This system was first pioneered by Shimano for the new Dura-Ace, and offers increased stiffness and power. The Shimano brakes are now available in 105 and Ultegra trims, but Colnago will also be developing their own branded brakes (produced by The Hive), for customers who wish to use SRAM or Campagnolo components.
The fork has clearance for up to a 28mm tire, and like all Colnago forks, the dropouts are made of aluminum. For those who wish to run disc brakes, a fork with a 15mm front axle will also be offered, which is based on a proprietary design from Manitou.
It works similarly to a quick release, but requires only a 90 degree turn to release the wheel. This system does now allow for independent fork leg movement, and is claimed to offer more precise handling, and improved tracking under braking. After studying all the bottom bracket standards on the market, Colnago determined that none of the existing PressFit standards met the reliability needed by the V1-r, and that the existing “BSA” standard was not technically advanced enough, so they’ve introduced the patented Threadfit 82.5 standard.
Compatible with all Pressfit 86.5 BBs, this new standard utilizes two removable cups, to combine the best of the Pressfit and threaded standards, which should increase the life span of the frame, ease of maintenance, and insure creak free performance. The frame is available in 8 sizes, from 42-58cm. The V1-r also makes use of carbon fiber monocoque dropouts, and a replaceable carbon derailleur hanger. This solution is significantly lighter and stronger than the design used by its predecessor, the M10. The frame is also compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets, and has a hole in the right dropout for internally routed rear derailleur cable.For disc brakes, a threaded light weight insert can be mounted, which utilizes a self centering clamping system for easy installation and adjustment. This version of the bike is still in development, and is expected to weight ~150 g more than the rim brake version. Frames are expected to start shipping next month.