Colnago CX-1




  • Monocoque frame construction
  • Sharper handling than lugged Colnagos
  • Semi-integrated headset


  • It's not a traditional Colnago

Price as reviewed:


There is something of a quiet revolution happening at Colnago and the CX-1 is on the front line.

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Whereas the traditional frames and bikes have been made in a tube and lug format, the new generation of front triangles are monocoque and made in the Far East. Colnago says the CX-1 is the flagship model but perhaps the traditionalists won’t agree, and the addition of a semi-integrated headset will do nothing to appease them either.

To ride, the difference is certainly immediately appreciable — the CX-1 feels much sharper than the older lugged carbon bikes. It still has a Colnago feel but is more precise and definitely firmer, making it feel more lively.


Distributor Windwave,

Price £2,099 frameset

Frame Colnago HM carbon, B-Stay

Fork CX-1 carbon

Size range 42, 45, 48 to 58 in 2cm increments

Groupset SRAM Red

Wheels Zipp 404

Size tested 58cm



If you’ve always wanted a Colnago but have been put off by the ‘Italian’ handling and craved something more modern, then the CX-1 is probably just what you have been waiting for.