2020 Colnago V3Rs
Though a lot of the Colnago appeal comes from its deep cycling history, that doesn’t mean that it is a company that is trapped in its past. Just one look at the sleekness of the Colnago V3Rs will convince you this is a company very much designing for the future.
The V3Rs is the latest and greatest iteration of the Colnago monocoque carbon racing bike that keeps the weight down and handling stable. They have kept the best bits from the first V1-r and the V2-r, while updating and modernizing where they felt it was most effective. For one thing, they targeted making a super svelte frame, which means that in a size 50, it weighs an impressive sub 780 grams. For bike that strives to be a great all-rounder with aero-oriented touches, that is seriously impressive, especially since some brands’ climbing bikes struggle to go that low. They have hit this sweet spot weight that all manufacturers seem to want to reach by using new type of carbon fiber that offers increased rigidity by 12% compared to the V2-r, while enhancing the vertical compliance and keeping the weight low at the same time.
Colnago has also recognized the general trend these days to ride with wider rims and tires, so they have made the V3Rs able to accommodate up to 28mm tires, depending on brands. They have made this possible partially by completely redesigning the fork. Not only have they used their special carbon layup to make it lighter, the concaved shape of the fork legs increases the aerodynamics and tire width capabilities. It is also incredibly stiff for precise handling, though keeps a level of vertical flex for a comfort factor often missing in aero bikes. The dual pivot direct mount rim brakes will ensure that you can keep the lightweight climbing factor while still enjoying seriously strong braking performance.
Italian manufacturers typically have a magic touch when it comes to developing balanced geometry that gives you that extra oomph of responsiveness without getting twitchy. Colnago’s designers have been bold in tweaking the V3Rs compared to the V1-r and V2-r. Available in eight sizes from 42cm through to 58cm, the V3Rs numbers show that they have aimed to pay special attention to each size so that the smallest will have as stable and balanced handling as the larger frames. This is a pure racing bike too so the head tube is shorter, the fork longer, and the bottom bracket has been dropped in order to improve stability. And everything has been optimized to work with the wider tires folks are likely to want to roll.
Another marked improvement over the previous versions in the V-series is the seat clamping system. The V3Rs uses a system that improves clamping force while reducing the weight. The new V3-rs clamp is a upper-pull with no fixed wedge which uses lighter hardware and is easily accessible.
There aren’t too many brands that can claim the history and quality that enhances every Colnago on the road. But the Colnago V3Rs racing bike ably proves this is a very forward-thinking company, trying to make the best possible bikes to help you ride fast and feel comfortable. Ideal for everything from a Sunday recovery ride to a huge Gran Fondo, the V3Rs will help make every ride a joy.
Frame: Carbon monocoque
Fork: 1-1/8" ~ 1-1/4" tapered straight blade carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR 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: Direct mount
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 42cm | 45cm | 48cm | 50cm | 52cm | 54cm | 56cm | 58cm |
Colors: RZWB, RZRD, RZBW, RZGR
*Specs are subject to change. Please contact email@example.com for more info.