This gold leaf covered Colnago C68 can be yours for €22,000

Named the Gioiello, the Giro d'Italia special edition is limited to 50 'pieces' with an equally exclusive price tag to match

Colnago's Gioiello bike stands beside the Giro d'Italia trophy
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To celebrate the 106th Giro d’Italia Colnago is releasing the Gioiello, a special edition C68 decked out in gold and limited to just fifty bikes.

The Corsa Rosa, which starts this Saturday, is often described as “the toughest race in the most beautiful country” and the Gioiello, which is Italian for jewel, is created to celebrate both. 

Already in line as one of the best road bikes, this frameset make over for the Giro D'Italia really does step it up another level. We gave the standard Colnago C68 bike full marks when we reviewed it so whoever grabs one of these limited edition versions can be sure of an exceptional frameset, if they can bring themselves to ride it!   

Colnago's Gioiello road bike is a C68 frameset with a special edition gold paint scheme

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Using the Giro’s iconic trophy, the Trofeo Senza Fine, as inspiration, Colnago has decorated its signature C68 frame in gold leaf. According to Colnago, each of the fifty frames has a “unique finish” as the gold leaf is applied by hand creating a different texture each time. A close up of the frame shows a luminous finish that would look right at home in the Doge’s Palace.

Detail of the gold leaf finish used on the Colnago Gioiello

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The fork is adorned with a pattern that features the Ace of Clubs, the Colnago symbol, which is also repeated on the saddle, made by compatriots Selle Italia, bar tape and inside the bottle cage. Colnago says the lines and crosses of the pattern symbolise its characteristic handmade tubes and lugs.

Detail of Colango Gioiello fork and wheel with gold spokes

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The aforementioned bottle cage might just be the most striking feature of the Gioiello. Modeled and 3-D printed it grips the bottle in a continuous gold spiral that mimics the curves of the Trofeo Senza Fine. It’s enough to make Liberace blush. 

Detail of Colnago Gioiello bottle cage

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To complete this unique build Colnago has left no stone unturned. It’s teamed up with CeramicSpeed to offer its OSPW, a 3-D printed titanium cage and pulley, with a golden TiN finish, while the caps on both the integrated CC.01 handlebars and thru-axles are world in gold leaf. Even the spokes, part of the Enve SES 3.4 G wheelset, are gold. 

Detail of Colnago Gioiello road bike

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Other components include Shimano’s top-tier 12-speed Dura-Ace R9250 Di2 groupset and Pirelli P ZERO Race TLR G, with gold detail of course.

Detail of Colnago Gioiello

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But while the dazzling frameset and components will certainly catch the eye, the price tag of €22,000 (£19,400/$24,200) will likely only make them water.

Detail of Colnago Gioiello headtube

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For more information visit : gioiello.colnago.com

Colnago Gioiello specs

  • Colnago C68 Road - Full Carbon 
  • Handlebar and stem: Colnago CC.01 integrated 
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9250 
  • Pulley wheel: CeramicSpeed OSPW 3D Printed Ti OSPW TiN 
  • Coated Brake discs: Carbon-Ti X-rotor steelcarbon 
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR flow carbon Colnago for Giro d'Italia 
  • Wheels: Enve SES 3.4 Gold version 
  • Tires: Pirelli P ZERO Race TLR Gold x Colnago for Giro d’Italia 
  • Handlebar tape: Colnago for Giro d’Italia Bottle cage: Colnago for Giro d'Italia

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