Colnago CX-1

Score

9/10

Pros

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

Cons

  • It's not a traditional Colnago

Price as reviewed:

£2,099

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

    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.

    COLNAGO CX-1: SPEC

    Distributor Windwave, www.windwave.co.uk

    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

     

    Verdict

    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.