How does it ride?
The overiding sensation it gives is one of 'solidness' - it
feels like its been crafted out of oak, not plywood. Dig deep and
push the pedals hard and it simply goes. The head tube stiffness is
the best I have ever felt; climbing out of the saddle is a joy.
It definitely feels like a Pro bike; you get the strong feeling
Ernesto designs these for his Pro clients and us amateurs are
secondary to his considerations. Thus if you are very light and or
not particularly strong then a C60 might be over built for you. You
don't need all that BB stiffness. However for bigger chaps then the
bike is a joy, and the extra 300 gms of frame weight are mostly an
Stiff as a mutha
Colnago has have joined the press fit 'revolution'. However,
they've developed a proprietary system that uses screw-in alloy
cups to house the bottom bracket bearings (instead of the bearings
going straight into a carbon BB shell). The Colnago approach is
heavier, but it removes any creaking that plagues some bikes -the
so called boomerang bikes that repeatedly plague workshops up and
down the country.
The Bespoke mechanics love the Colnago approach. A wider BB
shell means the down tube can be wider as well, which further
increases stiffness. If you look at at a C60 frame closely you will
be amazed at the level of tube shaping and manipulation that has
In the end
Ultimately I think there are other frames I would choose if I
was doing a truly mountainous Euro sportive; an Altum or a Bianchi
Specialissima does much the same at a lighter weight. Something
like the Marmotte is so cruel you need all the help you can get,
psychologically if nothing else…
But for almost every other event a C60 would be sublime. Any
'normal' UK/Euro sportive, club run or something like Flanders. Hit
a pothole with a C60 and it will carry on uninterrupted, do the
same with some of its competitors and it will be making sounds that
leave you convinced you have cracked a down tube.
I am so glad Colnago have stuck to their guns and continued
making frames their way. Its like the fantastic C59, but just
better. Its lighter than a C59, stiffer than a C59 but still
retaining that ride quality and handling that marks this out as a
Grand Tour frame.