IB13: New Colnago CX-Zero Disc Brake Road Bike Heads to Paris-Roubaix, Plus New Carbon & Alloy Models
The new Colnago CX Zero is similar to the old C40 in terms of comfort and performance, but adds modern features like a disc brake option and PFBB86, their first high end frame with a pressfit bottom bracket standard.
EuropeCar will race it at Paris Roubaix, but they’ll likely be on the standard (non-disc brake) version. To help handle those cobbles, they utilized a 27.2 seatpost, thinner seatstays, a taller headtube and a little longer chainstays and wheelbase. Despite the comfort features, it’s a Pro Tour level race bike.
Click through for specs and more pics, plus their all-new Strada SL alloy crit bike and more…
Five models complete, ranging from $7,299 Dura-Ace down to $4,599 Ultegra
Flatter seatstays and an inside-the-rear-triangle rear brake placement will likely make the disc brake model the better choice for those who don’t care about the UCI (or are just optimistic that their recent changing of the guard will usher in needed rule changes).
The downtube retains Colnago’s characteristic shape, which we think blends nicely into the chainstays and overall aesthetic. Matte black may be lighter, but it’s hard to argue with their white paint scheme.
The hydraulic Ultegra Di2 disc brake bike will come in at $6,599, and the Ultegra mechanical version is $4,699. Framesets are $3,099 for rim brakes and $3,199 for discs.
This gives Colnago two high end disc brake road bike options, the first being their C59 introduced with the exclusive Formula hydraulic/Campy EPS system. And speaking of the C59, 2014 models are now mech/elec compatible on the same frame, and can now comfortably fit up to 25c tires.
The Colnago AC-R is a new model based on the M10 but with external brake routing and a one piece seatstay and chainstay and thicker, non-waffled tube sets. Mech/elec compatible, and still made with their stainless steel molds and high end construction process. Ride quality is supposedly the same as the M10 but at a much lower price point.
Frame weight is claimed around 1200g. Frameset is $2,099 and complete bike is $2,599 with mostly Shimano 105.
Following the trends of high end, lightweight alloy crit racing frames (like the CAAD10 and Allez), the new Colnago Strada SL is a shaped and tuned
hydroformed triple butted 6000-series alloy…but it comes in at entry level prices. It uses their Colnago Headset System with a thicker alloy insert that the bearings press into, which helps prevent ovalization. So, yes, there’s an alloy insert in the alloy frame. None of their frames have any bearings pressed directly into the actual frame material.
They’re saying it has a 1100g to 1200g frame weight. Pricing and options include:
- Ultegra 11-speed – $2,398
- 105 – $1,699
- Frameset – $1,349
They’ll come with a full carbon fork on the frameset and Ultegra, and an alloy steerer on the 105 bike.