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C60 Road Frameset-2016

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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
  • Item #CLG000A
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