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FRAME DESIGN

The per­fect bicy­cle must be bal­anced. It must be made to fit you, not the other way round. That’s why we make as wide a range of sizes as pos­si­ble of our frames, with 22 off-the-peg sizes in our C59 Italia and the option of cus­tom fit for rid­ers with spe­cial requirements.
Balanced han­dling is vital too. Colnago invented mod­ern bicy­cle rac­ing geom­e­try and has refined it to per­fec­tion with han­dling that is unwa­ver­ingly accu­rate but sta­ble at speed, so a long day in the moun­tains is a bat­tle against the gra­di­ent and your rivals, not against a twitchy bicycle.
Colnago ride qual­ity is rooted in the idea of bal­ance too. A frame must be stiff, to con­vey your power to the road, but it must not be harsh. Features like our 3PRS internally-ribbed tubes and over-sized chain­stays with leaf-shaped seat­stays simul­ta­ne­ously improve rigid­ity and dis­si­pate road shock.
Frame integrity is a cru­cial aspect of Colnago design. Our frames and forks are tested in the Colnago Lab to with­stand impacts far beyond inter­na­tional stan­dards, and to retain their strength after impact. That means your Colnago can still be rid­den to the fin­ish if the worst happens.
We’re always look­ing for ways to improve our frames. New ideas start with Ernesto Colnago’s sketches, and then computer-assisted design, finite ele­ment analy­sis, and rapid 3D pro­to­typ­ing allow us to test new ideas in days. Tomorrow’s Colnagos are already on the draw­ing board.