Pro Bike: Laura Trott’s Colnago C59

All-Italian affair for double Olympic gold medallist

The Wiggle Honda women’s cycling team was launched in a luxurious hilltop castle on the foothills of the Italian Dolomites last week.


It was a fitting setting in which to launch the squad: the Wiggle Honda fleet of bikes is a homage to Italian cycling gear. Among the Colnago C59s was double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott’s Team Edition model.

The model on show was the 21-year-old’s race bike – a fact pointed to by the absence of an SRM crank, which is on her training bike, and the presence of Campagnolo Bora Ultra 2 tubulars.

Trott’s name is emblazoned on the inside of the non-driveside chain stay :
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Trott’s name is emblazoned on the inside of the non-driveside chainstay

At the heart of the bike is the C59 frameset. The lugged carbon race frame – Italian made – is a 42cm model with sloping geometry and was rigged to put her in the most aerodynamic position possible: a 130mm stem and 15mm of saddle setback see to that.

Despite the steep climb back up the hill to the hotel, Trott’s gearings were 53/39 chainrings driving and an 11-25 cassette

The bike is hung with Italian components throughout. A Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset delivers transmission and braking, Deda provides the finishing kit, including narrow 380mm (c-t-c) bars and Trott’s choice of Fi’zi:k saddle was a Versus Aliante with braided rails.

Trott’s saddle choice is a fi’zi:k aliante with the versus channel:
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Trott’s saddle choice is a Fi’zi:k Aliante with the Versus channel

The only departure from the Italian tradition was the top-of-the-range Look Keo 2 Blade pedals with titanium spindles.

Complete bike specifications

  • Frame: Colnago C59 Team Edition (42cm, sloping)
  • Fork: Colnago C59
  • Headset: Colnago Integrated, tapered 
  • Stem: Deda Zero 100 (130mm)
  • Handlebar: Deda Zero 38cm, c-t-c
  • Tape: Fi’zi:k Superlight
  • Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton
  • Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton
  • Brake levers: Campagnolo EPS Super Record Ergopower levers
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo EPS Super Record and chain catcher
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo EPS Super Record
  • Shift levers: Campagnolo EPS Super Record Ergopower levers
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record (11-25)
  • Chain: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Crankset: Campagnolo Ultra Torque 170mm (53/39)
  • Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Super Record
  • Pedals: Look Keo 2 Blade Ti
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra 2
  • Front tyre: Vittoria Corsa CX 23mm
  • Rear tyre: Vittoria Corsa CX 23mm
  • Saddle: Fi’zi:k Versus Aliante Braided
  • Seatpost: Deda Superleggero RS
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Uma Carbon
  • Computer: SRM PowerControl7

Critical measurements

  • Rider’s height: 163cm (5′ 2″)
  • Rider’s weight: 52kg (114lb) 
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 670mm 
  • Head tube: 122mm
  • Saddle setback: 15mm
  • Seat tube length (c-t-c): 395mm
  • Tip of saddle to centre of bar: 15mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 100mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 510mm