Het Britse Bike Radar reed begin dit jaar met de Colnago C59 Italia. IR zet de highlights qua rij-eigenschappen uit die test voor je op een rijtje.
(Foto en tekst test Colnago C59 Italia: Bike Radar)
“Shifting is accurate and incredibly positive. The shifters provide a resounding click – both in how they feel and sound. If you’re used to Shimano shifters, you may need to get used to the thumb shifter’s position, but it’s easy to access even when in the drops. The Super Record callipers are a lesson in how to make a powerful brakes with plenty of modulation. They are excellent, even in poor conditions.
Colnago have used FSA’s Team Issue wheelset for this build. The carbon rims have an aluminium braking surface and the wheels are light, stiff and predictable to brake with. The low weight of the rims helps give the C59 its sprightly character. Partnering the wheelset is the only non-Italian name on the bike – the excellent Continental Gatorskin tyres. The are supple and grippy, with good puncture protection.
It’s easy to pour out frame characteristic clichés when it comes to the C59. The frame’s stiffness really does seem to transfer all your pedal energy into the rear wheel. At the same time the compliance offered makes this frame comfortable enough over rough road surfaces, especially when your speed picks up. Chuck it into a corner, and the C59 holds its line with remarkable prowess thanks to the stiff head tube and 50 years of race frame design behind it. It’s also agile and flickable, making every ride a grin-inducing experience.
The C59’s descending ability is matched by its ascending ability when the gradient increases. It’s not the lightest frame around (around 1,000g), but with its stiffness and a complete bike weight of 6.62kg, it feels like it could climb all day.”