Colnago has released its 2014 models. This year, there is no CF (Colnago-Ferrari) but the 2014 model bicycles of the famous Italian frame builder are good to look at.
Road Racing series
Colnago C59 Disc 2014
Colnago C59 Disc is the admiral ship of Colnago 2014 road bike series. Colnago pioneered the disc brake on road bikes. Why disk brakes on road bikes? Colnago explains:
- Safety first:
- No rim damage (specially carbon clincher beat or glue on tubular)
- No pressure changes inside the tire (blow off the carbon clincher)
- Same braking performance in any condition
- Less rotating inertia (rim weight saving, moved the mass toward the rotating axis)
- No weight penalty
- Aerodynamic and clean looking on front side
- Can run even on a non-straight rim (i.e. spoke failure)
With twin 140mm diameter discs the frame and fork have also been redesigned in the key areas where the brakes are mounted. The fork is completely new, whilst at the rear of the main frame the chainstays and the seatstays are also new, to cope with the increased loading that the disc brakes generate at their mounting points. The C59 Disc is compatible with both electronic and mechanical groupsets.
Colnago C59 Italia 2014
C59 Italia has the same frame with the C59 Disc. Two versions are available: One for electronic shifting systems such as Shimano Di2/Campagnolo EPS, and one for traditional mechanical shifting systems.
Colnago M10 S 2014
Monocoque version of the C59 frame (C59 is lugged). Increased bottom bracket size and increased vertical absorption provides more comfort and yet deliver greater performance. With the C-HS1 tapered headtube and a new fork, the M10 S is designed to be precise on descents and smoother through corners. The same frame is compatible for both Di2/EPS electronic groupsets and traditional mechanical groupsets.
Road Performance series
Colnago CX Zero Disc 2014
The entry-level bike of Colnago intoducing disk brakes. With Ultegra drivetrain, still a high-performance racing bike. It is also an endurance bike, this means it’s
good for bad road surfaces, cobbled roads etc. Designed for the cobbled classics like Paris-Roubaix.
Colnago CX Zero 2014
The same frame with Colnago CX Zero Disc without disc brakes. The frame and fork clearances allow for larger 25c tires.
Colnago CLX 3.0 2014
Colnago CLD 2014 (Ladies bike)
The CLD is a brand new bike. With a shorter top tube, CLD’s a carbon fiber frame designed specifically for women. The frame has a semi-integrated 1”1/8 to 1”1/4 steering column to give rigidity and precision bike handling. The components have also been carefully chosen to better suit women: the handlebar stem is shorter and the handlebars are narrower compared to our usual component selection. The bike is fitted with a Selle Italia Lady saddle.
Road Sport series
Colnago AC-R 2014
Brand new for 2014 is the Colnago AC-R. Born from the now famous M10 monocoque frame.
Colnago Strada SL 2014
The only aluminum frame of Colnago 2014 series. The Strada SL frame weighs less than 1,200 grams. A full carbon fork is added to frameset option to limit the weight.
Colnago Master 2014
This is the 31th year of the legendary Colnago Master steel frame. It is the fruit of Colnago’s extensive experience in steel tubing, welding, and lugged frame construction techniques. It’s entirely designed, made and chromium plated in Italy with DT15V steel. The Master offers supreme comfort thanks to the ride quality offered by the custom drawn steel tubing. The star-shaped tubes and chromed lugs combined with a 1-inch chrome plated steel Precisa fork. Available in 16 sizes and three colour variations. For classic lovers.
Colnago K.Zero 2014
As with any bicycle where aerodynamic drag is one of the main design concerns, it is a matter of making small reductions in drag over many areas. When all of the small reductions are added together, only then can large benefits be found. This is one of the mains aspects of the K.Zero – the small details all add up to big benefits.
- Fully integrated brakes into the fork and the frame.
- The handlebar and stem assembly is one bespoke unit.
- Aero tube profiles
- K.Zero will be available for every top of the range groupset, being Campagnolo, Shimano or Sram. The same frame will be fully compatible with both electronic and mechanical versions.
- Fully UCI compliant for competition use.
Colnago’s approach on frame weight
According to Colnago, some bicycle manufacturers are pushing unsafe products into the marketplace. Colnago sees 1000 grams as the lower limit. From Colnago’s website:
“The often unreliable and inconsistent traditional manufacturing process with carbon can produce end-products with often suspect yield and fatigue strength. Circumstances can lead inferior frames to not only crack, but can result in catastrophic failure without warning. Many processes used to lighten frame weight are simply not proven to be reliable. With technological application, it is possible to see frames in the marketplace with weights between 700g and 800g. These frames can be tempting to the consumer looking for the lightweight advantage. Colnago believes in a limit of 1000g. It is simply not worth sacrificing handling, safety and reliability for the negligible advantage of a few grams of static frame weight.”
For all the models and colors check out Colnago’s official website.