Colnago CLX2.0: First Ride review

Colnago CLX2.0
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Taiwanese made, the CLX 2.0 might not feel like it's giving you that special Italian, handbuilt treatment, such is the heritage of the brand, but then if it was it might not be in your budget. The CLX 2.0 puts Colnago in the mix with the mass market brands, at a very popular price point.

Reasons to buy
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    Rides and handles superbly

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    Stable on the descents and turns

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    Well priced

Reasons to avoid
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    Little bit heavier than the competition

Colnago needs little introduction, and when it brings out something new we're always keen to test it.

The CLX 2.0 is its latest addition, sitting third wheel behind the EPS and CX-1.0. Its entirely new monocoque front end hankers after the usual performance gains - more stiffness, less weight - while Colnago's tried and tested ‘leaf-shaped' chainstays are paired with new curved seatstays to balance drive and comfort.

The result is a resounding success, providing you are singing off Colnago's hymn sheet. That's to say, it rides and handles superbly, but even though the frame is 100g lighter than its predecessor, the bike is still carrying a bit more weight than many in this price bracket. It's just the Colnago way.

Thankfully, it's only a tiny handicap to an otherwise very classy bike, feeling a little sluggish on the climbs, but then it does pay you back by feeling very stable on descents and fast turns.

Splitting up the Ultegra 6700 groupset are Colnago-branded brake calipers and an FSA chainset specced on this build option, but if you want to have a CLX decked out in only Italian finery then it's available as a frame/fork option for £1,699.95 for you to add your own ideas.

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