Even if you are fairly new to cycling, you probably have an idea of just how special a Colnago racing bike can be. Long at the upper echelons of the bike manufacturing world, this Italian company has succeeded in marching to its own drummer and staying relevant at the same time. With the Colnago C-RS carbon bike you can get access to the great geometry and ride quality that all Colnagos offer, but at an accessible price as well.
The C-RS has a monocoque design to enhance rigidity and power transfer, while the carbon layup has been careful to ensure a great deal of ride comfort has been worked into the fabric of the frame. They have also given it a 27.2mm seatpost and a clever integrated seat clamp on the top tube which will offer a minute springiness to the post, helping to absorb road chatter. It’s not something you are likely to feel actively, but how well this works will become clear when you get home after a four hour ride without feeling completely shattered. The geometry will also go a long way towards making the C-RS a racing bike that will still be comfortable enough to put in some serious long distance miles. And as with all Colnagos, you’ll get to enjoy the excellent handling that finds that perfect balance between stability and responsiveness. The compact seatstays and relatively short but wide chainstays will enhance the acceleration and liven the handling, and will accommodate up to 25mm wide tires.
At the front end, you can count on the straight bladed monocoque carbon fork to ensure sharp, responsive handling without feeling twitchy. It is a fine balance since you want to be able to cut a sharp line when cornering or descending, but you want to feel confident in being the one in control. That is what Colnago does so well: keep you in control. Then including a press fit bottom bracket has given them the chance to beef up the down tube and BB area, enhancing the strength and rigidity of the frame, ready to stand up to your best sprinting efforts. Internal cable routing keeps the whole setup looking slick with clean lines.
With two classy colorways and eight sizes, you can definitely get your Italian style fix with the Colango C-RS carbon racing bike. Order it as one of the three pre-build options using Shimano components. Either way, you will have access to one of the best performing, best priced racing bikes on the road.
|Rims/Wheels||Shimano WH-RS010 11s|
|Tires||Vittoria Zaffiro Pro G+ 700x25c|
|Crankset||Shimano FC-8000 Ultegra 11s 50x34|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano FD-8000 Ultegra 11s|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano FD-8000 Ultegra 11s SS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano CS-R8000 11s 11-28t|
|Saddle||Prologo Kappa Evo|
|Seat Post||JD-SP68T.2 Alloy 27.2|