Nude car­bon mas­ter­piece celebrates 64 years of Colnago bikes

Procycling - - Prologue - FABIO ARU'S

F abio Aru has been rac­ing on the C64, the lat­est frame to emerge from the clois­ters of Italy’s pre-em­i­nent frame­builder, Colnago, in 2018. At the Tour of the Alps, Aru’s bike had hardly a lick of paint over the at­trac­tive uni­di­rec­tional car­bon fin­ish, to save pre­cious weight – just some flashes to high­light the strik­ing head-tube lugs and the re-en­gi­neered fork, both of which Colnago claims im­prove rider com­fort. As this was the bike the Sar­dinian would ride at the Giro, the steerer tube still had spac­ers on while he fi­nalised his po­si­tion. The chief me­chanic had also in­serted lit­tle brass screws into the brake levers to re­duce their re­turn and so make them eas­ier for Aru to grip. Colnago claim they have shaved more than 200g off the pre­vi­ous top-level frame, the C60. This has been achieved by shav­ing weight around the head-tube and seat-stay clus­ter and by opt­ing for a UD car­bon fin­ish, rather than a 3k weave. The bike was built with Italian com­po­nents: Super Record EPS groupset, Deda Ele­menti cock­pit, Prol­ogo sad­dle and Vit­to­ria tyres.

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