The Colnago V2-R will steal your heart and also your money

Italian monocoque flagship gets a slick update

Colnago has announced its new top-of-the-line bike, the V2-R. Replacing the V1-R, the new monocoque frame features a host of small refinements and it looks lovely. It will be sold in both rim and disc brake variants, the latter with flat mount calipers and thru-axles. 

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For once, there are no lofty claims about weight here – the V2-R’s frame weighs a claimed 835g in medium, the same as its predecessor.

Bottom bracket stiffness has increased by 13 percent, while there’s been a modest four percent boost at the head tube.

It can be hard to tell, but Ernesto Colnago is super stoked about his new whip
It can be hard to tell, but Ernesto Colnago is super stoked about his new whip
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The frame now sports a slick integrated seat clamp, while a move to direct-mount brake calipers means there’s officially clearance for 28mm tyres, and likely more unofficially.

Like Colnago’s Aero Concept, the cables are routed internally through the top tube and a lovely looking if not overly practical carbon cockpit is an option. The V2-R also shares its threaded bottom bracket design with the Concept and the C60, employing Colnago’s own answer to press-fit woes.

Yes, there's also a disc version of the Colnago V2-R
Yes, there’s also a disc version of the Colnago V2-R
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Pricing and availability for the V2-R is to be confirmed, but it’s expected to be in shops in the coming months. Being a Colnago, it’s safe to assume it will be expensive.

This black and gold paintjob looks tidy
This black and gold paintjob looks pretty damned tidy
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I’ll be riding this bike tomorrow, so look out for a first ride review on the V2-R in the next few days.