2018 Colnago V2-r Disc
If you got all excited when you heard that the new Colnago V2-R would be coming with tire clearance up to 28mm, but then bummed when you saw it was a rim-braked bike, there is no need to despair because the classic Italian manufacturer had the foresight to make a disc brake version as well. So now you can enjoy serious rough road exploration with a lightweight aero advantage on the Colnago V2-R Disc.
Aside from the disc brakes, there is very little difference between the two versions of the V2-R. This one has had the same intelligent updates and improvements made as its rim brake twin. If anything, only its utility has been increased. They have kept the frame weight stable compared to the V1-R edition of this bike, while stiffening up the bottom bracket area by a reported 13% and the head tube by a more modest but still important 4%. So you still have a convincingly sub-1000g frame but with the added kick that such a stiffer bottom bracket will offer. Similarly, you can rest assured that Colnago sticks to their own ThreadFit82 that uses screw-in alloy cups, which has the advantage of increasing the width of the bottom bracket and adding to the overall rigidity of the frame. Aside from eliminating the chance of creaking that press fit bottom brackets often cause, it makes the whole arrangement extremely easy to maintain and clean.
Likely what you will appreciate most of all is the increased tire clearance with the combination of flat mount disc brakes and through axles. Being able to stick some wider road tires on the V2-R will not only increase the comfort levels, but encourage you to strike out on unknown roads that may get a bit gravelly; and with the stopping power of disc brakes, you won’t have to worry about road conditions or wet weather. Since this is, after all, Colnago’s flagship everyday aero bike, you will enjoy the benefits of new touches like the method of routing the internal cables from the head tube through the top of the top tube to offer a cleaner line at the front and reduce turbulence caused by the cables, which is a design they borrowed from their own super-aero Concept bike. Another change that is as visually pleasing as it is functionally fortuitous is the new integrated seat clamp. Not only does it give the frame a clean line and more aero effect, it will ensure that you’ll never have to worry about the carbon seatpost irritatingly squeaking in the seat tube, as too often happens in poorly designed carbon bikes.
Though the Colnago V2-R Disc is probably not the type of bike you want to take racing something as rugged as the Dirty Kanza, it is a seriously versatile road bike that can easily face some hectic crit racing one weekend, and support you through a multiday endurance tour the next. It is a bike where versatility meets design and practical performance.
Frame: V2-r carbon monocoque
Fork: 1-1/8" ~ 1-1/4" tapered straight blade carbon disc
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, Colnago integrated
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/4”
Bottom Bracket Type: TheadFit82.5
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Disc
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm flat-back
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 42cm | 45cm | 48cm | 50cm | 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm |
Colors: TNMR, TNWH, TNBK, TNRD, TNDK
Weight: 935g | 2.06lbs