Colnago Limited Edition C60 Dual Routed Frameset
The Colnago Limited Edition C60 Dual Routed Frameset is the kind of frameset that you cherish for the rest of your life. The 'C' range began in the 1990's with the C40, one of the most successful Paris-Roubaix race winning frames.
Next up was the pioneering C50, a stunning race machine that became the staple race bike for the likes of sprint sensation Erik Zabel. Taking carbon fibre race bikes to the next level, the highly acclaimed C59 was launched. Lighter and stiffer than ever before, it took Thomas Voeckler to numerous Tour de France stage wins. So the latest incarnation in the range had quite a lot to live up to, thankfully Colnago has raised the bar yet again with the C60, lighter than its predecessors, stiffer and more technologically advanced than ever before.
The C60 follows the C59 in being a high-end race bike that is just as content to spend all day at a comfortable cruising speed, as it is in the rough and tumble of the peloton. The C59 won many plaudits for its stiffness, quality of ride and stunning looks. The C60 improves on this, making a laterally stiffer, more comfortable and lighter frameset.
Colnago has spent years in development and made numerous changes from the C59. First, the headtube has been redesigned and, new for the C60 is the inclusion of matching shaped lugs. This steers away from the traditional Colnago round cross-section tubing and instead plumps for a star design. This increases lateral stiffness and improves comfort over rough surfaces. This star design is a first for Colnago and shows they are embracing new design techniques.
The downtube is also new, oversized, increases lateral stiffness and weighs less due to thinner tubing. Star tubing has also been used here to improve comfort and reduce road buzz.
Larger tubes continue on the seatstays; flatter and wider than ever before, reducing weight, increasing lateral stiffness and improving handling. The new design also provides a damping effect, combining stiffness and suspension-like qualities for a very comfortable ride.
A desire to provide the rider with the most comfortable ride continues on the chainstays with internally ribbed tubing providing immense lateral stiffness, yet the tapered shape, which seamlessly narrows towards the dropouts, provides a small degree of upwards flexion and dampens road buzz. This increased vertical compliance also improves handling and allows more grip in the rear wheel, especially over rough terrain.
The C60 is all about firsts for Colnago, and pioneering design innovations. The seat tube is now using asymmetrical rather than round tubing, making the frame stronger, lighter and more aesthetically pleasing.
Beefier bottom bracket lugs make for seamless integration of the tubes and the wider bottom bracket housing uses thinner layers of carbon, keeping weight down. This provides the perfect platform for Colnago's new Threadfit 82.5 system, combining the reliability of a BSA system with the stiffness of a Pressfit.
Threadfit 82.5 is versatile, compatible with all versions of Pressfit 86.5 bottom brackets and also practical, with two removable and replaceable threaded sleeves, should wear occur.
Colnago has invested much time and numerous resources into developing their most advanced rear dropouts yet. CNC forged, strength is increased and weight reduced.