2019 Colnago CLX Disc Ultegra R8000 Bike
Even once disc brakes became fairly well accepted on road bikes, there were still those who would scoff at the idea of bothering to have disc brakes on a bike focused around being aerodynamic. Luckily some open-minded designers at Colnago didn’t pay attention to the naysayers, which means we can enjoy the Colnago CLX Disc in all its aero glory.
What is so nice about the CLX Disc is that it is ostensibly the entry level aero frame for Colnago, but it has just about every neat design flourishes that was introduced on the V1-r, but at a really reasonable price point. It is a total package that finds the perfect balance between stiffness and lightness, all with the added power of disc brakes. If you are considering the CLX because you do want to find a subtle aero frame, but are perplexed by the addition of disc brakes, just remember that there are tradeoffs. It’s not like the rim brakes protruding out from the fork were ever any aero miracle. It’s just that they have been there like that for so long that we hardly consider just how un-aero that design was. Now that we can remove them and place the braking forces lower on the fork, the air disturbance is shifted. But since frame designers now understand this much better, they can take that into account and adjust things like the shape of the fork legs to make sure that air disturbance is kept to a minimum.
And since this is a lightweight monocoque carbon frame, you can count on it working equally well climbing hills as it does attacking the flats. The addition of the stopping power offered by the disc brakes will encourage you to let it fly on the descents as well. Powering all your strength into the pedals will inevitably result in some pretty slick personal best times. That’s because Colnago sticks with their ThreadFit82.5 for the bottom bracket, which neatly squares the circle regarding press fit width and rigidity with threaded durability. Colnago uses screw-in alloy cups, which have the advantage of increasing the width of the bottom bracket adding to the overall rigidity of the frame. Considerably more exciting is the fact that Colnago has partnered with Ceramic Speed to create their threaded, wider bottom bracket, with best in-class bearings.
Colnago wants this to be a bike that will be fun and fantastic whether you are racing every weekend or looking to take extended solo rides that require endurance and a comfortable bike. So things like the 27.2mm seatpost will add that suggestion of compliance that can make the difference between a comfortable ride and sore ass.
The Colnago CLX Disc is the type of bike that will do everything you want it to, and then make you start thinking about doing rides you may never have considered. Lightweight, durable, beautiful, and eve utilitarian with its all-weather braking capacity, this is a bike for long rides and fast races alike.
Frame: CLX carbon
Fork: Colnago CLX Disc
Brakes: Shimano BR-8020, 160/140mm
Shifters: Shimano R8020
Crank: Shimano R8000 52/36T
Front Derailleur: Shimano R8000
Cassette: Shimano R8000 11-28T
Rear Derailleur: Shimano R8000
Chain: Shimano HG701
Wheelset: Fulcrum Racing 600 DB
Tires: Continental Ultra Sport II 25c
Handlebar: Deda Zero1
Stem: Deda Zero1
Seatpost: Colnago Carbon 27.2
Saddle: Prologo Kappa RS STN
Sizes: 42cm | 45cm | 48cm | 50cm | 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm |
Colors: CJWH, CJBW, CJRD, CJAG
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