Colnago Prestige Disc Ultegra Complete Bike 2015

Colnago Prestige Disc Ultegra Complete Bike 2015

Ever since it replaced the C50 Cross as Colnago's dedicated cyclocross bike, the frameset at the heart of the Prestige Disc Ultegra Complete Bike has enjoyed success at races of all stripes. It's done especially well with stripes of the rainbow variety, enjoying no fewer than six podium spots and two outright wins at the cyclocross world championships. Normally, we reserve introductory paragraphs for anecdotes about a how a bike's tech specs transfer to real world applications, but we think that the Prestige's results on the biggest stage in 'cross speak for themselves. The frame's main triangle is a single piece produced in a monocoque mold to maximize stiffness and durability by wrapping the carbon fibers continuously across the joints. Given the focus on pure, unforgiving power transmission in the monocoque main triangle, we were initially surprised to see that Colnago opted for lugged stays. The Italian manufacturer reassures us that the lugs are for longer stays and maximum tire and mud clearance, but we also suspect that considerations of vertical compliance and noise cancellation may have contributed to this decision. After all, Colnago is known for ride quality, and if we were to break that amorphous idea down into more quantifiable terms, they might very well be a plush ride with trigger happy responsiveness. The Prestige's half monocoque, half lugged construction satisfies this metric. Another consideration that's important for 'cross is weight. Over the course of a hectic race, you've got to accelerate out of corners, bunny hop obstacles, and carry the damn thing on your shoulder, so a heavy frameset is likely to cost you a win before you even begin. The Prestige's low weight helps in all regards, and the unique, buttress like arm extending from the down tube to the top tube helps especially with shouldering the bike, setting it down, and letting it rest comfortably for the time in between. This may be the only bit of comfort afforded you during the ...

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