Pro bike: Martyn Ashton's Colnago C59 Disc from Road Bike Party 2 video

Disc-equipped Italian superbike with one careful owner

While Martyn Ashton's brilliant Road Bike Party 2 video is currently going viral, BikeRadar decided to take a closer look at the bike used in the video: Colnago's C59 Disc.

Martyn's Colnago C59 Disc is the world's first production disc-braked carbon fibre road racing bike, one of the fastest machines out there with a near identical frame to the one raced by France’s Thomas Voeckler in the Tour de France.

So, give this bike to a seriously fast rider and you'll get results, but give this bike to Martyn Ashton, Danny Macaskill or Chris Akrigg and you'll get results of an altogether different kind.

The bike has inherited a few subtle modifications and as a result would cost in the region of £15,000 / $24,500 to reproduce.

Despite the absolute brutality that this bike was subjected to, the only failures are said to have been punctures along with one brake line that was pulled out as a result of a crash.

Martyn took a set of standard Shimano XT T780 Touring pedals and modified them to look more in keeping with a road bike

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Colnago C59 Disc, Ferrari team colours
  • Fork: Colnago C59 Disc
  • Stem: FSA K-Force
  • Handlebar: FSA K-Force
  • Brakes: Bespoke Hope Hydraulic Trials Zone
  • Brake levers: Bespoke Hope Hydraulic Trials Zone
  • Derailleurs: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
  • Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 climbing
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Crankset: FSA SL-K Crankset
  • Bottom bracket: FSA SL-K
  • Pedals: Custom Shimano XT T780 / Hope F20 flats
  • Front wheel: Vision Metron T42 Carbon, Hope Pro III Disc Hubs
  • Rear wheel: Vision Metron T42 Carbon, Hope Pro III Disc Hubs
  • Tires: Continental Grand Prix 4000-S, 700x25m
  • Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo TR Saddle
  • Seatpost: FSA K-Force
  • Bottle cages: FSA K-Force (full of Red Bull, apparently)
Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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