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Ever since Colnago set the cycling world on its head in the 1980s by building a carbon bike, no carbon frame has been as universally celebrated as the C40. Now, after more than a decade of development that spanned the C40, the C50, and the C59, Colnago is once again redefining our expectations for a bicycle of any material. The brand-new, superlative Colnago C60 Road Frameset combines the sure handling and plush ride of an endurance frame with the kind of sprint-ready punch that puncheurs like Voeckler and Japanese champion Arashiro need for hard kicks and uphill sprints.

The C60's inimitable ride quality begins with a convoluted materials list of nine different types of carbon fiber. The carbon is laid out with different moduli at different parts of the frame to meet different demands of stiffness and comfort, but the important take-away is that every fiber is sourced from Toray's Japanese factory. Toray also has operations in China and elsewhere, but the carbon produced in Japan is the most consistent in the world. It's guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why it's the same stuff that Boeing insists on for its aircraft. This carbon is so sought after that Toray enjoys a degree of selectivity in who they sell it to, so Colnago is the only cycling manufacturer able to use it for 100% of their frames.

While the materials are worth celebrating, Colnago's expertise has been and always will be in frame design. Despite its plush ride, the C60 is a power machine at heart, with a shorter wheelbase and lower stack height than its co-captain, Colnago's V1-R. The frame demands that the rider give it precise direction, but it also gives the rider absolute control over where it's going. It dives headlong into tight corners and changes lines seamlessly even in the middle of turns, and it transfers power as well as any frame we've had the pleasure of riding in anger.

This power transfer comes from construction elements like the enormous down tube, which is ten millimeters bigger than the C60's immediate predecessor, the C59. The increased diameter lets Colnago decrease the amount of material without sacrificing strength, so overall weight comes down while efficiency and durability actually increase. The down tube also has Colnago's signature fluting across its length, a feature that appears elsewhere in the frame at key points of power transfer. This design has been reducing flex ever since it was introduced with the steel Master frames of the '80s, and it has since inspired flattering mimickery across the industry.

As with all models of Colnago's C series, the C60's tubes meet at lugged joints, which nets additional benefits in stiffness, plushness, fit options, and structural integrity. The head tube and bottom bracket are the most important junctures, as they're both built up to accommodate the large down tube and reinforce the frame for more stiffness under even the most demanding exertions. The lugs update the C59 lugs' flat walls with the same clover-shaped cross section used in the down tube and elsewhere, so the beneficial tube shape extends through the bike's joints. Since it's lugged, the C60 frame is built like a traditional frame, so sizing isn't limited by the number of monocoque molds produced. That means we can carry nine sizes to accommodate virtually any rider's demands.

Given these properties of fit and ride quality, the C60's only real threat is its own manufacturer. Colnago has made breaking framesets into a science in its obsessively myopic pursuit of safety. Or rather, they've adopted the science of the industry standard ISO impact test and blown it up to absurd proportions. While ISO standards require a frame to withstand one impact from a 50 pound weight dropped from a height of 212 millimeters, Colnago subjected C60 test frames to successive hits that progressed incrementally from that height up to 1,050 millimeters. Only then were the engineers satisfied that the C60 was equal to Colnago's impressive safety requirements, Draconian demands that were originally inspired by Ernesto Colnago's own career-ending crash in which he broke his femur. As a result, the C60 may be the safest frame — of any material — in the pro peloton today.

Finally, the C60 has a new bottom bracket type, the ThreadFit 82.5, which improves on the ease and simplicity of press fit bottom brackets by eliminating the creaking typically associated with them. The frame itself has a steel sleeve built-in to the bottom bracket, which an aluminum shell screws into. Since machining makes these pieces more precise than even the most refined carbon construction methods can, this essentially eliminates the microscopic imperfections in the crank/frame interface that can cause creaking over time. The aluminum insert is also replaceable in this system, so it can be replaced as it begins to wear, keeping your bottom bracket pristine for years to come.

Please note that the ThreadFit 82.5 bottom bracket is compatible with all PressFit 86 setups, so, with the proper adapters, it's ready to go with SRAM, Shimano, and Campagnolo cranksets, as well as virtually any third party manufacturers.

  • 9 different types of carbon fiber sourced from Toray’s Japanese factory
  • Shorter wheelbase and lower stack than the V1-R
  • Increased down tube diameter (roughly 10mm bigger than the C59’s)
  • Signature fluting design
  • Lugged joints
  • ThreadFit 82.5 bottom bracket

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
100% Japanese-sourced Toray carbon fiber
Fork Material:
100% Japanese-sourced Toray carbon fiber
Head Tube Diameter:
1-1/4 to 1-1/8in tapered
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
ThreadFit 82.5
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Compatible Components:
Press fit 86 bottom brackets
Seatpost Diameter:
31.8 mm
Recommended Use:
road race, endurance
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years, 3 years on frame registered with Colnago
Actual Weight:
Black/Gold, 54cm: 1930g

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart


Geometry Chart



Seat Tube


Top Tube

Effective Top Tube






Head Tube


Seat Tube Angle




42s  42cm 49.5cm  51.0cm  51.6cm  37.6cm 12.2cm 75.49° 39.7cm
45s 45cm 50.5cm   51.9cm  52.4cm  38.0cm 12.5cm  75.14° 39.9cm 
48s 48cm  52.0cm   53.0cm  52.8cm  38.3cm 12.7cm  74.58° 40.2cm 
50s  50cm 52.8cm   54.0cm  54.7cm  38.3cm 14.5cm  74.0° 40.5cm 
52s  52cm 53.8cm  55.0cm  56.5cm  38.4cm 16.3cm 73.57° 40.7cm
54s  54cm 55.0cm  56.5cm  58.2cm  38.5cm 17.9cm 72.83° 40.9cm
56s 56cm 56.8cm  58.0cm  59.1cm  39.6cm 18.7cm 72.75° 41.2cm
58s 58cm 57.8cm  59.0cm  60.8cm  40.1cm 20.4cm 72.75° 41.3cm
60s 60cm 58.5cm  59.8cm 62.8cm 40.3cm 22.5cm 72.75° 41.4cm

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Checking on the seat tube geo provided here... I have seen the geometry listed as center to center on some sites and center to top on yours. will you please verify that the seat tube measurement is center to top of the seat tube as listed in the geometry chart? Thanks!


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had my C60 w/ '15 Campy SR mech. for almost a year and it is IMHO the best out there. I have had lighter, stiffer framesets and they come close, but the C60 has the ability to put the power to the pave without beating you up!

Amazing Frame, fit for a King!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been riding my C60 for about 5 months now and I'm completely blown away by it! I previously rode a Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think 2 with Campy SR EPS so it was by no means a slouch! However, I thoroughly enjoy riding the C60 a lot more! The Dogma was very stiff and very very fun to ride no doubt but the C60 just rides so much smoother. It is very strange, both bikes are superb but the C60 is on another level. I have an easier time climbing short steep climbs with it as it translates my power to the wheels very very efficiently. I also notice the rough roads aren't as painful anymore. I also have a Colnago CX-Zero that I mostly train with and this one goes even further as far as comfort but nowhere near as spirited as the C60. If you are looking for a forever bike then the Colnago C60 is your machine, you will NOT be disappointed!!

Avg. ride time: 2m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Are you guys going to get the pink version of the c60 any time soon?

Hey BJ, we are not bringing those in but I can see about a custom order for you. Contact me here kylebrown@backcountry.com

Avg. ride time: 9h 49m per week
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Greatest Bike ever made

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the finest bike ever made by mankind. It's not the absolute stiffest bike I've ever ridden and it's not the lightest; however it's the best riding bike I've ever owned. The geo is perfectly balanced with only a smidge of toe overlap that I deem indelible for road bike's handling. The lugs actually do help dampen road vibration and aid in stiffness.

I can't help but really play on this bike. I constantly wear my Mapei cap or imagine I'm racing the Giro out here in Utah. This is the greatest bike I've ever swung a leg over. Chapeau Colnago.

Greatest Bike ever made

hey robert, do you ever feel like your ultegra gruppo is not on par with the colnago frame?

I ride a Cervelo RS 61. I am 192 cm tall. What would be a better fit geometry wise, 58s or 60s? Looks like Colnago runs a big larger compared to others...

Answering my own questions here. I did a CAD overlap, based on published frame geometry information--not sure if/how accurate those kind of charts are, considering that for instance the C60 is qualified as “a shorter wheelbase and lower stack height than its co-captain, Colnago's V1-R.” The geometry charts, for a 58s frame, report the C60 stack at 608mm and the VR-1 at 607mm…

When I compared the Cervelo RS-61 with the C60-60s they are very similar, although the C60 is slightly larger. It appears that the C60-60s has a few mm longer wheelbase, with slightly longer chainstay. Also a bit higher stack and 5mm more in the HT—if I would go with a 60s I would drop my current RS headset spacers (25mm) by 10mm and I would be super close to the Cervelo.

I also looked at the C60-58s, for that one I would have to grow my current headset spacers by 7.5mm and I would be 3mm shorter from seat to handlebar. Wheelbase also is a few mm shorter.

The Cervelo RS 61 appears to be in between the C60-60s and the C60-58s.

Great so far...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ride approximately 10-12K miles per year. I purchased the bike approximately a month ago and so far my impression has been extremely favorable. Handling is terrific and bike goes where you want it to go. It's more comfortable than my now "old" bike (Trek Madone Project One) and yet at the same time it feels more lively. Total weight including saddle, pedals, wheels, bottle cages is 14.95 pounds for size 50 (I'm 5'9 and usually ride a 54 frame, but the sizing for the Colnago is a bit different).

does the frame still completely made in Italy?

they are yes, check out this video on the manufacturing process. if you are interested in one let me know and I can help you out on pricing. kylebrown@backcountry.com

The 1,930gr stated weight - what does that all include? Do you have the frame-only weight?

that weight includes the frame, fork, seatpost, seat clamp, and headset. the frame with seat clamp and headset weighs in about 1230 on a size 50. I hope that helps you out some on that. I've ridden that bike extensively over the last few weeks so if you have any other questions on it get in touch with me directly at kylebrown@backcountry.com. I can also help out with discounted pricing on a frame or complete build.

hi there: would you know if the BB86 can be made compatible with PF30 cranksets such as the Cannondale Hollowgram? I really like the hollowgrams as I also have the Quarq and Stages PM versions and would like swap-ability. Thanks!

Had read a review from British saids can used any kind of Cranksets!

You just need and adapter and that works fine