Fast on the heels of it’s new C60 model that was unveiled just a few months ago, the iconic Italian brand, Colnago, announced the launch of it’s new aero road bike called – the V1-R.
Weighing in at a claimed weight of just 835g, the V1-R not only represents Colnago’s first ever entrance into the "aero bike" market, but also their lightest frame to date. Moreover, it entails but another partnership with the revered Italian automobile marque – Ferrari.
All of the V1-R’s main tubes, to include fork blades, have been shaped using NACA airfoils (jargon for airplane wings as adopted by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), along with Kamm Tail profiling. In addition, in keeping with current "aero bike" trends, Colnago has also incorporated Shimano direct mount brake calipers, which are neatly tucked away underneath the chainstays. According to Colnago, this results in “better integration, both structural and aerodynamic, with the frame and fork, and saves weight and provides superior brake performance".
Additionally, the V1-R will also be available in a disc brake version as well, with hints of using a hemlock, bolt-thru axle design. Furthermore, Colnago has designed an all new fork, which features a 1 1/4in-1 1/8in tapered steerer tube with machined aluminum bearings and aluminum dropouts, that can accommodate direct-mount brake calipers and provided clearance for tires up to 28mm.
Other features of the V1-R are, rear carbon-fiber dropouts, a new dedicated 27.2mm seatpost, Colnago’s C60 inspired threadFit82.5 shell that’s compatible with any BB86 crank, and as one would expect – internal cable routing and entry ports that are fully compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets.
Colnago’s objective with the new V1-R, was to create a bike that offered greater performance along the lines of speed, lighter weight – with a balance of stiffness and compliance that would satisfy the most discerning enthusiast.
The V1-R will be offered in eight sizes, with pricing and availability to be announced.
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