Colnago CX 1

17 Jan

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Lets take a closer look at the Colnago CX1. Previously, this frame was second in line to the EPS within the 2010 Colnago range. This frame has been used to devastating effect by the likes of Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Colnago CSF and Team Type 1. It also won stages within the 2010 Giro d’ Italia and remains a firm favourite with Colnago fans throughout the world and has a proud place within the 2011 bike range.    

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The CX-1 is a front monocoque triangle bonded to a lugged rear end. The front mono and rear assembly is manufactured to an extremely high specification. The front Triangle tubes are what is termed a ‘polygon’ shape. A cross between a square and a circular cross section, with the top and bottom sections being flat and the sides being an arc of a circle. The idea is that as a square beam it resists vertical bending, and as a circular based shape it resists twisting. It has a rigid bottom bracket and a substantial head tube – 1 and 1/8 top and bottom with Colnago’s HS2 semi-integrated design headset and Colnago’s own carbon fork and large rectangular chain stays which spells out a stiff and positive ride! As one would expect, the finish is exceptionl which Colnago is renowned for. Depending on the paint scheme, Colnago really show their paintwork magic as the mouthwatering naked carbon peeks through the logos on the frame.  

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Here is what Pro rider Davide Frattini of Team Type 1 thinks of it…………………

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As an Italian cyclist I can tell you that I always dreamt to race on an Ernesto Colnago bike because it is considered the Farrari of the bicycle. It is a name rich in tradition, culture, history and victories. With more than 55 years of experience, Colnago is one of the most desired brands in the world.

 The Colnago bicycle was issued to my pro Team, Team Type 1. It is equipped with Shimano/Pro components, Selle Italia saddles and Kenda tires.

Aesthetically, the CX-1 graphic has the classic Colnago design, clean and elegant. With the use of oversize tubing and a new headset system, Colnago gave it an additional touch of class and innovation. On the road Cx-1 gives incredible results over every type of terrain. The frame is a mix of technology and tradition with a monocoque front triangle and assembled rear triangle.

 Reactive on the sprints, the bike is quick to respond to the accelerations, transmitting all the output power on the rear wheel.

 Tested on the fast American criterium, between turns, accelerations and sprints, the stiffness and handling of CX-1 gave me positive results. The CX-1 is light, agile and extremely reactive. It is great also when the road starts to go up, standing up on the pedals to jump after a switchback, or pushing a big gear sitting in the saddle on a gradual climb.

A safe and reliable bike that will bring a successful season for Team Type 1 and will add new victories to the Colnago brand!   

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