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Colnago V1-R Disc Road Framset - 2016

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Sign-posting the future.

For over half a century now, the Colnago name has been synonymous with industry-defining innovation, whether it's the steel Master that reinvented racing geometry or the legendary C40 that certified carbon for even the most punishing races. True to this history, the all-new V1-R Disc Road Frameset was developed with Ferrari to produce aerodynamic refinements, improved stiffness, and hardware innovations that would easily classify the V1-R as revolutionary on their own. Add to this the inclusion of disc compatibility, though, and the V1-R Disc becomes yet the latest industry sign post to come out of the Italian's stable.

The V1-R Disc is similar to the V1-R in every way but one. The frameset has been strategically modified and reinforced in key areas to address the different load bearing requirements of disc brakes. Of these alterations, the most impressive by far is the new fork, which enjoys the sharp handling, excellent tracking while braking, and increased lateral stiffness of a 15mm thru-axle. This axle was designed in partnership with the mountain bike veterans at Manitou, and its engagement mechanism mimics the interface of a quick-release skewer so even cyclists who never venture far from the tarmac will be able to operate it intuitively.

Despite these reinforcements and the improved braking, the V1-R Disc is still light enough to hold its own with the other top-end monocoque frames driving the peloton, but aerodynamics didn't suffer under the scalpel of weight-savings. The V1-R's tubes feature a rounded leading edge and an abruptly terminating, flat-back tail meant for riding at yaw angles of 12-18 degrees, which translates to variable wind conditions at variable speeds instead of the flat, straight-on time trial situations that benefit true NACA airfoil shapes. This results not only in a smaller aerodynamic footprint in a much wider range of drag angles, but it also increases lateral stiffness while maximizing weight savings.

The tubes themselves comprise over nine different types of carbon fiber, all of which are sourced from Toray's Japanese factory. This is the most consistent carbon fiber in the world, guaranteed perfect, every time, which is why it's the same stuff that features predominantly throughout the commercial aerospace industry. Material produced to these specifications is so sought after that Colnago is the only cycling manufacturer able to use it for 100% of its frames.

While the partnership with Ferrari may have benefited the V1-R Disc's aerodynamics, Colnago has proven time and again that it needs no outside expertise in designing frame geometry. The V1-R has a taller stack height and a longer, more stable wheelbase than its co-captain, the C60. If the industry's tendency to over-specialize were to force it into a category, the V1-R Disc's low weight and geometry would rate it a climber's bike, built for guys like Europcar's Rolland who take big time on big days in the mountains and are more concerned about tempering speed on the fast, sweeping corners of descents then diving into the sharp angles of criteriums. Make no mistake, it's still used on flats by sprinters like Coquard, but its qualities lend it more to maintaining speed rather than sharp accelerations.

Finally, the V1-R Disc frameset has a new bottom bracket type, the ThreadFit 82.5. It's compatible with all PressFit 86 setups, but it 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.

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
100% Japan-sourced Toray carbon fiber
Fork Material:
100% Japan-sourced Toray carbon fiber
Head Tube Diameter:
1.125 - 1.5 in tapered
Headset Included:
Bottom Bracket Type:
ThreadFit 82.5
Cable Routing:
Front Derailleur Mount:
Brake Type:
Compatible Components:
PF86 bottom brackets
Front Axle:
15 x 100mm Manitou hexlock15 thru-axle
Rear Axle:
135mm quick-release
Recommended Use:
road race
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

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42s  42cm 50.5cm  51.9cm  37.1cm 12.6cm 75.5° 39.8cm
45s 45cm 51.5cm   52.4cm  37.6cm 12.7cm  75° 40.0cm 
48s 48cm  52.9cm   53.0cm  38.1cm 13.0cm  74.5° 40.2cm 
50s  50cm 53.9cm   54.6cm  38.2cm 14.6cm  74° 40.5cm 
52s  52cm 55.0cm  56.7cm  38.2cm 16.6cm 73.57° 40.8cm
54s  54cm 56.5cm  58.2cm  38.5cm 18.0cm 72.5° 41.1cm
56s 56cm 58.0cm  59.2cm  39.7cm 19.0cm 73° 41.2cm
58s 58cm 59.0cm  60.7cm  40.1cm 20.6cm 73° 41.4cm

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  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The title of my review is no exaggeration. Much more than just a marketing scheme, Ferrari's engineers have their hands in all aspects of this bike's design. Superlatives are redundant on this bike...fast, stiff, smooth, aero...a super bike in every sense. Plus the real world benefits of disc brakes. You even get Scuderia Ferrari's shield on the side! Hit me up directly and we can get a build going for you. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557

Can you tell me what the standover height is for a size 42s?

Hi Martha! Give me a shout and we can go over sizing. btowery@backcountry.com 801-204-4557