Colnago bikes are famed throughout the cycling world for their excellence in design, performance and finish. But the thing that really sets them apart is their sheer class. There is something about Colnagos that makes them more than just another super bike. Whether it’s the elegant tube shapes, the huge range of lovely paint jobs, the sublime ride quality, or the depth of knowledge and understanding that you just know is embedded in every frame, it’s hard to tell – but what is clear is that in the last couple of years the world has caught on to what makes these bikes so special, and Colnago has emerged as the pinnacle of cycling style and class.
And nothing epitomises “Colnago cool” more than the brand new C64.
The Colnago C64 is completely handmade in Italy – with revolutionary and elegant tube shapes (larger, lighter, more durable), the C64 is the result of more than two years of research.
The Colnago C60 was widely regarded as the best riding all-round road bike ever made, so it is a tough act to follow – and the C64 doesn’t throw out any of the elements that made the C60 such a fantastic ride. Instead, Colnago’s two year research project has “simply” evolved the C64, to take advantage of new component options, carbon fibre developments and small but significant innovations that have been tried and tested in Colnago’s other top flight framesets, the V2-R and Concept.
The C64’s tubes and lugs are made of the finest carbon fibre, making it a uniquely constructed frame in the world of cycling – one that cannot be compared to anything else. The C64’s design draws on all of Ernesto Colnago’s knowledge and experience, gained from a lifelong pursuit of cycling perfection.
Now available in a choice of rim or disc brake versions.
COLNAGO C64 HIGHLIGHTS
The C64’s fork has been fully redesigned, with an external rib-shape to give the rider more comfort (front stiffness) but also to increase the ride-quality (side stiffness). To increase the stiffness and strength, Colnago created an internal rib in the steerer tube, which also holds the nut for the top cap and eliminates the need for an expander-plug. The C64 Disc fork will feature a steerer tube where the brake housing can run from the stem – for tidy assembly. The thru-axle, while still 12mm like the C60 Disc, is now a threaded system to further reduce the weight of the bike. Fork weight is 355gr.
With the same shape as the disc fork, the rim version houses the pivots for the direct-mount brakes – which offers plenty of tire clearance. The fork length was increased by 5mm to be able to accommodate larger tires yet still have a hollow upper structure, to lower the weight but still retain the same stiffness and performance as the C60 fork. Dropouts are now full carbon – replacing the alloy dropouts used on the C60.
Probably the most striking difference between the C60 and the C64 is that the seat tube meets the seat tube lug to form a single piece. This technical feature increases the stiffness of the frame, while keeping the weight low. The monostay is no longer straight either, but is profiled to create the best possible gluing surface. This means Colnago now have 14 different seat tubes for all 14 sizes, in order to deliver the same riding experience to every size of rider and bike.
While still retaining the same overall shape as the C60, the C64’s headtube features a new technology which allowed Colnago to reduce the thickness and lower the weight. The shape was also revised to increase side stiffness. As was the entire frame, the headtube was changed from an outer 3k carbon finish to a lighter UD finish.
Starting with the design of the heavily shaped C60 downtube, Colnago revised the bottom portion, which is now a bit narrower to match better with the rear triangle – for a perfect balance. To increase the torsional stiffness and maximize the integration of components, the downtube features a recessed bottle cage area which creates two long ribs around the middle of the downtube. Regardless of the fact that the C64 was not designed to be a purely aerodynamic frame, the recessed bottle cage gives a clear aero advantage over a traditional mounting position. Cable stops for mechanical shifting are now located on the downtube, in a tucked position behind the headtube.
For a perfectly streamlined seatpost area, the C64 now features a hidden integrated clamp. Instead of a top-loaded, two-piece seatpost clamp, the C64 has a co-molded alloy bed, with a single removable part tightened from the bottom. The overall look is sleek, and the weight reduction is around 15gr compared to the other style. The bottom-pull concept also provides further locking strength as rider weights increase.
Based on the shape of the V1-r seatpost, the semi truncated drop shape adds a bit of aero performance, while giving better vertical compliance compared to the previous round 31.6mm seatpost.
The default post has 15mm setback, while optional 0mm and 30mm will be available aftermarket.
The geometry of the C64 is classic Colnago. The balanced riding position is highly suitable for distance riding, as long as you are not looking for an upright and ultra chilled set up. The C64 a racing bike in every sense, but one that places you in a position that leaves you fresh for the finish.
The key changes from the C60’s geometry are tweaks that enable the use of larger diameter tyres and wider modern rims.