The Colnago Concept represents a notable expansion in the company’s product range: The company's newest race frame is also its first true aero-road frame.
Colnago may seem like a late arrival to the aero-road game, but a look through the company’s archives proves the Concept is built on the backs of some of the company’s most influential products. Throughout its 60-plus-year history, Colnago has supplied race teams with time-trial bikes, and riders like Tony Rominger with special equipment for the pursuit of the hour record. This Concept is the second Colnago to bear the model name. The first Concept was shown in 1986, a radical bike designed in partnership with Ferrari Engineering. Unlike most carbon frames of that era—which used carbon tubes, but metal lugs—the 1986 Concept used carbon tubes and lugs, making it one of the first all-carbon road frames.
At some point in the V1-r design process, Colnago’s product team needed to choose a path: make a lighter, but less aero bike; or make it more aero, but heavier. Colnago chose the former, and the resulting V1-r was a lightweight (835 grams claimed) road frame with some aerodynamic enhancements: a similar recipe to that of Cervelo’s R-series, Specialized’s Tarmac, Cannondale’s SuperSix Evo, Canyon’s Ultimate CF SLX, and Pinarello’s Dogma F8. But the other path was not forgotten: Colnago eventually returned to the more aerodynamic frame with the Concept.