2017 Colnago A1r CX Disc 105 Bike
With such a long, rich history in the world of cyclocross, Colnago certainly knows a thing or two about what makes the perfect cross bike. The Colnago A1r CX is an aluminum off road racer that will be an excellent option for anyone looking to hit the muddy courses in the autumn or striking out on the odd gravel grind to avoid city traffic.
The A1r CX is technically the Colnago entry level cross bike, but that’s like saying a Porsche Boxster is an entry level Porsche: it’s still seriously high quality and freaking amazing fun to ride. The lightweight aluminum frame has been designed to look sleek and still be able to stand up to the sort of pounding that a cross bike will naturally be subjected to. The aluminum welds have been kept beautifully smooth, and the tube junctions have received particular attention to make sure that the torsional rigidity will keep the frame ready for every acceleration. The press fit bottom bracket will also enhance that efficient power transfer since the BB shell as well as the down tube and seat tube can be mega-sized, increasing rigidity and durability of that core intersection on the bike.
The geometry on the A1r CX is very similar to the Prestige, their super racer that has had input from the legendary Sven Nys, which means that you can expect to enjoy that magical mix of balanced and nimble handling that is the gold standard for success in cross races. You want to be able to whip it around a tight course, but when there is a steep drop off just before you hit some barriers, you definitely want to feel stable and in control. Colnago’s A1r CX will help you do that, which makes it an equally perfect option for an experienced rider, or anyone just beginning a cyclcross adventure. The tapered head tube will work with the carbon fork and aluminum steerer tube to increase the strength and enhance the sharp handling so you will always feel in control whether you are slugging the mud between the tape or taking a gravel excursion that will involve some unknown sandy descents.
Since in cyclocross racing and training, you have to be prepared for anything, the disc brakes have been added to the A1r CX, moving them out of the cantilever era. That means you can count on the brakes working equally well whether you are riding in mucky rainy weather, or taking it out over the smoothest, nicest driest roads you could imagine. Available in five sizes, the Colnago A1r CX will be ready for your off road, drop bar ambitions, helping you stay fit in the winter and enjoy the fire roads in the summer.
Frame: A1r CX alloy
Fork: Colnago disc, carbon fork blades, aluminum steerer
Headset: Colnago integrated
Brakes: SRAM 12 DB BB5 Road platinum, 160mm rotor
Shifters: Shimano 105
Crank: FSA New Omega CK-4002ST 36/46T
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
Cassette: Shimano 105 11-28T
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Chain: Shimano CN-HG601
Wheelset: Colnago Artemis 24
Handlebar: Colnago RA35A2
Stem: Colnago JD-ST33S
Seatpost: Colnago alloy
Saddle: Selle Italia Qbik
Sizes: 46cm | 49cm | 52cm | 55cm | 58cm |
Colors: AXBB, AXBK