Friday, February 23, 2024

Colnago Unveils its Imaginative and prescient of Gravel Racing with the Italian Crafted C68 Gravel


Colnago is aware of a factor or two about drop-bar off-road motorcycles, even if maximum bring to mind them as a road-only logo….thank you Pogačar.

Wout Van Aerts Global Champion Version Colnago Status (Picture: Cory Benson)

Let’s now not disregard that legends like Sven Nys and Niels Albert rode the Colnago Status — the similar with an overly younger Wout Van Aert. The Status would ultimately fade out of the Colnago line. The Global Cup and Global Name successful mechanical device used to be changed with the gravel/cyclocross-focused Colnago G-3X.

The G-3X is extra of a gravel motorbike than a natural ‘cross-machine, nevertheless it does have that iconic Colnago kick and extra tire clearance than the Status ever had.

Lately, although, Colnago has put effort into re-thinking their industry’s gravel facet. Including to it, they’ve created one thing natural Colnago. A performance-focused gravel motorbike. One that appears at house at the white roads of Tuscany or on twisty American unmarried monitor (extra on that later). Plus, it’s home made in Italy.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV call out
The one ‘C68’ name out at the new Colnago C68 Gravel (Picture: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

What’s the Colnago C Collection

The C collection is a moniker for the highest tier of Colnago motorcycles; the extra possible model for many is the ‘V’ collection. The C68 motorcycles are home made in Italy and intention to stability good looks and function. The Colnago C68 Collection of motorcycles boasts a Street, All-Street, Titanium Customized, and now a Gravel motorbike.

Colnago C68 Grave tops
(Picture credit score: Colnago)

Colnago describes the C Collection as: “C for Carbon, Colnago, Cambiago (the place the motorcycles are made), and Magnificence. The 68 represents how some distance Colnago has come since its founding in 1954.”

Colnago C68 Gravel Ride
(Picture credit score: Colnago)

Colnago C68 Gravel Body Main points

There’s a lot to unpack right here, so let’s get started with the body introduction. First, the Colnago C68 is 100% hand-made from high-modulus carbon fiber. Some portions are lugged, making it additionally a modular body.

What does Colnago imply via ‘modular’? The C68 Gravel is made out of six separate carbon items. The engineers designed the headtube/downtube and best tube junction to be maneuverable when development the body. The tubes are lugged and modular, because the builder can transfer them reasonably, augmenting the stack reasonably, the similar because the headtube top.

This technique is solely used at the C collection frames, although Colnago has used lugged carbon development because the Nineteen Eighties. The lugged tubes give the C68 Gravel a novel glance, and the matte inexperienced pearl paint (very similar to the Aston Martin) accentuates the curves.

As for contemporary gravel bits, the C68 has a best tube bag mount and will are compatible two huge bottles (suppose 38oz) within the body. There is not any 3rd bottle mount beneath the body, so when you’re making plans a great lengthy, unsupported experience, you’ll wish to plan accordingly.

The tube shaping within the C68 Gravel is designed for energy switch, minimizing avenue chatter, and dealing with a flying rock to the down tube with out cracking.

The body makes use of a D-shaped seatpost very similar to the only at the G-3X however with an up to date tightening mechanism.

The ground bracket is a T47, the similar because the C68 All Street.

The body is optimized for an absolutely digital groupset however can run a mechanical 1X like the brand new Shimano GRX 12-speed. The placeholder for a entrance chainring is a neat 3-d-printed quilt, which takes not anything away in functionality however provides cool issues.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV 3d printed chain guard
Identical with the chain guard (Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

The chain guard may be 3-d-printed and images the mountains of Italy.

Colnago C68 Gravel bar

Colnago Gravel Geometry

Despite the fact that the C68 stocks some options of the Status, All Street, and G-3X, it has a novel geometry. It has a shorter attain and better stack than the C68 Street. The up to date reach-stack ratio permits for a shorter stem, giving the motorbike a full of life really feel at the trails and numerous regulate over the entrance finish.

Colnago C68 Gravel Geo

C68 Gravel will probably be to be had in 5 sizes, all in sloping configuration: 450 (52cm), 480 (54cm), 510 (58cm), 540 (60cm), and 570 (63cm)

Colnago feels this setup provides higher dealing with for difficult gravel or path options with out sacrificing an competitive setup. I agree after passing some hours at the motorbike, however extra later in our experience overview.

The geometry riffs off the Colnago CC.01 huge bar/stem combo. The brand new Huge model of the CC.01 is in particular designed for gravel. The Colnago CC.01 Huge has extra flare than the street model of the Colnago CC.01. The attain is 72.50 mm and a drop of 120mm with a stem perspective of 82 levels.

The Colnago CC.01 Huge is to be had in 5 other stem mixtures with the similar 40 hood and 46 huge on the drop: 80mm – 40/46, 90mm – 40/46, 100mm – 40/46, 110mm – 40/46, and 120mm – 40/46. The C68 Gravel entire motorbike arrives with the Colnago CC.01 Huge cockpit however is appropriate with a standard bar/stem aggregate.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV bottom bracket
The tube shapes are sharper on the edge, nearer to the glance of the Colnago C68 avenue mechanical device.(Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

How about tire clearance?

Once I requested about tire clearance, the Colnago group frivolously mentioned, “As much as 42mm nevertheless it plays very best with the forties”. Why now not 50mm or one thing extra intensive like the rage? The group instructed me, “This isn’t that more or less gravel motorbike.” The C68 is a quick motorbike designed round a extra competitive driving taste, leaning extra towards the gravel-road/racing facet.

It’s the similar explanation why you’ll in finding no inside garage at the C68 Gravel. The group didn’t need to compromise at the motorbike’s silhouette or the tubes’ integrity. I love the selection to not practice the tendencies and to stay the design fascinated with velocity, dealing with, and good looks.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV bb non drive
Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

Now, the group says 42mm is the max, however that’s the most for the rear tire. If you wish to push the boundaries, you’ll get a bigger tire within the entrance. However the fork is extra sculpted than some, and you might want to run into dust clearance problems when you run larger. The body can are compatible gravel suspension forks when you’d like…however just like the tremendous huge tires and inside garage field — that will not be this sort of motorbike.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV full bike
Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

Colnago C68 Gravel Builds and Paint Choices

These days, the C68 will come to be had as a body and fork or in 3 other construct choices. The builds vary from SRAM Crimson XPLR, Pressure XPLR, and Shimano GRX 822 mechanical.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV bar rider view
The riders eye view of the Colnago CC.01 bar Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

All motorcycles will come provided with Colnago CC.01 Huge built-in handlebar, Selle Italia Regal Quick Open Are compatible CRB (Carbon) saddle, and Pirelli Cinturato Gravel TLR 40mm.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV black paint
Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

The wheels for every style trade reasonably, with the SRAM Crimson arriving with Zipp 303S carbon wheels, Pressure with Fulcrum Speedy Crimson 500, and the Shimano GRX with Fulcrum 900.

Colnago C68 Gravel JV seatpost joint
Bonded, lugged carbon with a continuing look Footage: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

Paint-wise, the brand new Colnago C68 Gravel will probably be to be had in Inexperienced Pearl (in maximum pictures) or gloss black with pink undertones within the solar. Having noticed the paint up shut, each are nice choices (I’m a shiny fan), however the Inexperienced Pearl will have to conceal the scratches and abuse of gravel driving higher.

Colnago C68 Grave NFC
(Picture: Colnago)

Colnago NFC Tag

Like different Colnago motorcycles, the brand new C68 may have a near-field conversation or (NFC) tag. The tag is related to the MyLime Polygon Blockchain and is inextricably related to the bicycle. 

How does this lend a hand the rider? In case your motorbike will get stolen, you’ll use the NFC as evidence of possession. The NFC additionally is helping with re-sale and is helping save you (or disrupt) counterfeit Colnago motorcycles from coming into the marketplace. For more information, take a look at Colnago’s rationalization of why they selected to be the primary bicycle corporate to undertake Blockchain right here.

Colnago C68 Grave Full bike
(Picture: Colnago)

Colnago C68 Gravel Pricing

  • Frameset solely $7,100.00, €5,935, £5,269.00
  • SRAM Crimson XPLR, ZIPP 303S Wheels, $13,199.95, €12,010.00, £11,099.99.99
  • SRAM Pressure XPLR, Fulcrum Speedy Crimson 500, $9,599.95, €8,690.00, £8,099.95
  • Shimano GRX 822 1X, Fulcrum Speedy Crimson 900, $7995.95, €7250.00, £6,899.95

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