Why is it so popular? It's a classic, a bike that traces its
history back to the C40, one of the most iconic race bikes of the
last 20+ years. Conceived by Ernesto Colnago at a time when steel
frames still ruled the peloton and bike companies were
experimenting, often with disastrous consequences, with alternative
materials and construction methods.
Its enduring popularity is due to that legacy, and despite
increasingly lightweight and uber advanced frames from the big
players (mostly American) in the cycling market at present, there's
something appealing about a bike that is handmade in Italy using a
tube and lug construction method that provides a tangible visual
connection to race bikes of yesteryear.
But time marches on and forces progress, and to mark 64 years
since Ernesto founded his company, and on his 86th birthday,
there's a brand new bike, the C64. The name might be misleading
perhaps but is indicative of the refined nature of the updated
bike, less revolution and more evolution.
"This year is the 64th anniversary of the company and this bike
really a Colnago bike, so we put all our passion into this bike and
this project," explained Ernesto Colnago at the worldwide launch
He adds: "This bike is the new C64, an evolution of the C40
which was the first carbon bike to win Paris-Roubaix, a race we won
five times. And then the C50 and all the C series, all the bikes
were made in Italy and this one is also made in Italy and we are
still the biggest Italian frame maker of carbon fibre. And we are
very proud of this project."