Laying squarely at the intersection of tradition, technology, and performance, Colnago's C59 frameset is one of the most remarkable on the road. The story of its fabrication and development is as entertaining as the bike itself.
Over 40 prototypes of the C59 were produced before the final version you see here was declared. Ernesto Colnago's famously rigorous standards were employed to maddening degrees, as per any of his models, but particularly those hand-made in the company's factory in Cambiago, Italy, which wear the storied "C" moniker (previously the C40, C50, etc.). The tubes and lugs are formed in proprietary stainless steel molds, which had to be developed because the molding pressures required to meet Colnago's assembly requirements were too great for the aluminum molds used far more commonly. Each component of each frame is hand-logged for quality assurance, and after completion, each frame is shipped to Tuscany where it's hand-painted by local artisans. In short, by the time you get your C59 frameset in your hands, you will see, before you even ride it, how incredible it is.
But then you hop on, and you're amazed again. The C59's ride quality is excellent -- supple without being numb -- and yet it's stiff enough to be a sprinter's friend. The neutral geometry also breeds comfortable climbing and descending in equal measure. The C59's greatest feat, however, is its incredible handling. Diving in and out of the corners is supremely satisfying, making this a machine on which you'll be hunting for the most serpentine roads you can find. It's addicting.
Frame: High Modulus Carbon Lugged / 100% made in Italy
Fork: Colnago C59 full carbon
Headset: Semi-Integrated Colnago 1 1/8" - 1 1/4"
Front derailleur: braze-on required
BB type: 68mm / English
Frame weight (approx): 950g
The color (BWW) is a special paint scheme designed just for our store!