Colnago V1-r Ferrari (6)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.   Colnago V1-r Ferrari (4)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. Colnago V1-r Ferrari (2) 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.  Colnago V1-r Ferrari (7) 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. Colnago V1-r Ferrari Geometry The frame is available in 8 sizes, from 42-58cm. Colnago V1-r Ferrari (3) 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.Colnago V1-R Ferrari Disc Brake MountFor 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. Colnago V1-r Ferrari (5) Frames are expected to start shipping next month.


  1. A quick read through and found 7 errors. Who is proof reading this stuff? (That’s rhetorical as obviously no one is) Get it together.

  2. I for one am ok with spelling mistakes. I’d rather receive fresh content quickly than wait for proofs to be read. It’s a bicycle website not the OED.

    The overwhelmingly dissapointing fact is that we have another BB standard.

  3. The bike industry never fails to amaze me with its short sightedness.

    Trek put their brake underneath the chainstay on the Madone, and then this year has decided that was a stupid idea, and has moved away from the brake on the bottom of the chainstays on their new 2015 version. Now Colnago has moved their rear brake to the same position. I give Colnago a few years at most before they too decide this was a stupid idea and move it back up. Or, maybe by then they’ll just decide to only produce disc brake frames.

  4. There will be a disc version according to their press releases. It’s actually the first carbon disc road I’m looking forward to trying out.

  5. Made in Taiwan? Won’t be long before you can get your “Colnogo Carbon road bike bicycle” on Ebay for $500. Sorry, but moving a brand with this much recognition to that region, is begging for a knock-off. Not to mention the fact that it will most likely go the Bianchi route and still say “Italian inspired.”

  6. topcheese,
    colnago has been making a lot of bikes in taiwan for a while. certain models are still made in italy. they dont hide it, which is good.

  7. @topcheese, Giant make all of Colnago’s frames. The pricey ones are finished in Italy. If 51% of the production cost is in Italy then legally it can be called ‘made in Italy’.

  8. many companies make their frames in taiwan and they dont necessarily get copied. also.. taiwan makes good stuff anyway

  9. Disk brakes on a road bike = no functional gain. Marketing hype only. Brake power is determined by tire traction NOT brakes! This is the ultimate STUPID bike… disk brakes heavier, less aero on a light aero frame. DUH!

  10. @CXisfun — proofreading costs money and time. Why bother when most people don’t care and just want the info download?

  11. Disc brakes are quite functional. They dissipate heat in a much more efficient fashion, or more importantly, aren’t as affected by heat as rim brakes. They also provide, with proper setup, a product with much less maintenance. They also remove several wear life variables with regards to wheelsets.
    They push a new standard of rear wheel spacing that can provide a much more responsive ride while providing a more compliant feel to the bicycle. There are many other advantages with regards to modulation control and stopping ability.

    While I understand that disc brakes aren’t’ for everyone, I feel it is important that we don’t deny the very good and somewhat obvious benefits of disc brakes. If they weren’t effective they would not be the standard in mountain bikes.

  12. What, no one complaining about another new BB “standard” (even if it does sound like a pretty decent concept have some compatibility with an existing one)?

    @Rob, I think that this article is probably correct regarding the Hive making the brakes for the rim brake model pictured here, as they are known for forged aluminum componentry. I have never known Hayes to make a rim brake, ever, but maybe they are developing a disc caliper for use on the still in development disc version of this bike pictured above in the rendering. Also, the through axle mentioned here is a Manitou product, but Manitou is owned by Hayes, so maybe that is how they were injected into the conversation.

  13. @Bryin – brake power is determined by tire traction, not brakes. That is the best comment I have ever read on this site from its inception.

    Let’s try a little test. Go to the steepest, most dangerous mountain pass near your house. Take off both the front and back brakes from your bike. Now point you bike down the hill. Once at terminal velocity, use your tires to stop.

  14. @Matt – what @Bryin is saying is that brake performance is currently limited by tyre traction; ie: brakes already have enough power to lock up the wheels under any conditions, so until traction can be improved, braking performance can’t get any more powerful.

    @topcheese – Colnago have been making frames in Taiwan (in the Giant factory) for a long time and have never hidden the fact. The previous model to the V1-R (the M10) was Taiwanese made and there were no complaints about that bike. Only the C- series and their Master frames are made in Italy. Anything else is either completely Taiwanese made or “hand painted in Italy.”

  15. The bicycle world is a funny place. On one hand, everyone screams blue murder when something is not made in Asia but costs three times as much (for all the obvious reasons), but when something is made in Asia, to be more, *ahem* ‘affordable’, people complain about that.

    Made in Taiwan generally means 100% quality, especially when it comes to carbon. When the Taiwanese, move their carbon production BACK from China, citing too many QC issues, you know something’s up. Made in China carbon, I’ll pass, even though it’s mostly fine.

    As far as Colnago come Ferrari and making in TW, as many said, they’ve been doing it for years. Is that a problem? Not for me but for the respective brands to say and judging by the number of expensive spec Colnago’s I see, it does not seem to be an issue for the brands either; it’s called marketing.

    My personal take, if I am buying a Colnago that’s a joint venture with Ferrari, then yea, I want it to come 100% from Italy. Not only be ‘finished’, looked at or had a rag waved at it – I like the idea of brand provenance, especially if I am asked to pay top dollar.

  16. I like that so many think that braking is only about power. Thank the gods we don’t have to consider that whole modulation thing.

  17. I remember the days when Colnago’s were sort after for their paint jobs. I am tired of this sea of unfinished carbon.

    A guy living near me has a brand new Ferrari that is flat black . Perhaps it was inspired by Colnago 🙂

  18. Amazing..

    At least 100g lighter than the (boat-anchor 667g) Cervelo RCA…& at 1/2 the cost too.


    Saris, I bet the 835g is for the frame only…which you should have known.

  19. Is it really 835g including fork? Surely that would make it lighter than pretty much anything, not just Pinarellos?

  20. “Adam – 06/22/14 – 6:35pm

    @Matt – what @Bryin is saying is that brake performance is currently limited by tyre traction; ie: brakes already have enough power to lock up the wheels under any conditions, so until traction can be improved, braking performance can’t get any more powerful.”

    As someone who has been riding on 23mm tyres with disc brakes for about 7 years now, I can categorically tell you that Bryin’s answer is correct only for very low speeds.

    I wrote a post on my experiences with disc brakes in response to a previous article at BikeRumor (link is below: Search for my name or look for 02/15/12 – 1:18am) but the short version is that while both types of brake can lock up the wheel at low speeds, disc brakes are vastly more powerful and stop you far faster from higher speeds while still being controllable. Note that I’d ignore my point 9 as, with the benefit of hindsight/more testing, heat dissipation does not seem to be an issue for carbon forks.

  21. Most people just dont understand the concept of braking…
    To slow any vehicle, brakes transform kinetic energy into heat. disc brakes can do this more efficiently. Good braking is not just the ability to lock the brakes.

  22. For those worried about what seems to be a new BB standard, it’s not as such.
    Colnago is focusing on the BB integration & alignment issues seen with some frames/BB’s. The pressfit cups are removable/changable within a integrated sleeve. The idea is to allow for better cup alignment, and to allow for replacement of the cups over time (and possibly to allow for possible adaptation if new standards inevitably evolve)

  23. Hmmm…. Maybe the powers the be have heard all the complaints about press fit BB CREAKINESSSssssssssssssssssssssss?

    Maybe, threaded BBs are making a comeback? Pinarello’s top bike uses a threaded BB too! Take that Press Fit nerds!

  24. @Mick be careful you’re starting to sound like someone that actually read the article, lol;)

    To everyone else, it’s not a new BB standard…it’s a precisely machined (metal!) cup that threads in to the frame and accepts a number of the current “wide” press fit BB’s. Basically a threaded, interchangeable interface for you to use the BB/crank of your choice.

  25. I hope everyone else adopts this BB. I have a Madone at the factory right now with a stretched Press-fit BB. Only lasted 14,000 mi. Hate to see a carbon fiber dropout in the rear on a bike this price. Come on Colnago, really? Cf dropout and a steel BB insert make no sense.

    BTW that brake location sucks on so many levels. The manu’s are screwing with brakes -everything from aero to disc to hydraulics, and it buys us nothing!

    BTW Bryin is right. The only benefit to discs over the awesome power and modulation of the current Dura Ace brakes is when the rims are wet. If your tires didn’t skid at either high or low speed, you’d be over the bars eating asphalt with either one!

  26. Will it be possible to install a Stages Power meter on this bike? Does anyone know if there is enough space from the brake caliper to the inside of the left crank arm?

What do you think?