'A bike that goes a little bit against the grain': a first-ride review of Colnago's new C68 Gravel bike

A thoughtfully constructed gravel bike that’s a joy to ride on and off road, but has some intentional limitations

Colnago C68 Gravel
(Image credit: Colnago)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Colnago’s C68 Gravel won’t work for everyone, but for those who appreciate the company’s history and design ethos, they’ll be very happy with the performance. Tire clearance is limited, but otherwise this is a modern gravel bike from an industry icon.

Reasons to buy
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    Capable geometry that excels across all terrains

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    Tuned, compliant ride with well-executed details throughout

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    Integrated bar and stem is excellent

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    Made in Italy

Reasons to avoid
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    Tire clearance is limited for a modern gravel bike

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    Wedge-style seatpost clamp can pose problems

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    It’s very expensive

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Colnago is one of the most iconic brands in cycling, and every product the company makes has the history of a grand tour and world championship-winning bike behind it. New releases have to live up to that standard.

The goal for the C68 Gravel was to design a bike that prioritizes compliance and capability over absolute speed. It’s still a bike that can be raced, but that’s not its sole purpose. Compared to the G3-X, which is Colnago’s race-specific gravel bike and from which the C68 derives its geometry, it is slightly shorter and taller, and has more durable carbon integrated into key areas to better hold up to rock-strikes and crashes. 

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