Corratec Dolomiti 105 review

Lightweight affordable offering

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £879.00 RRP | USD $1,483.83

Our review

Good groupset, lightweight and a very pleasant ride
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German company Corratec were founded in 1990 but their bikes have only been sporadically available in Britain until this year, when Raleigh became their official UK distributor. Coming in at under a grand, the Dolomiti has very little about it we would change, combining confidence-inspiring stability and fast handling.

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  • Frame & fork: Decent aluminium frame and a matching carbon fork (8/10)
  • Handling: Seriously sharp, very, very stable – a great combination for racing and fast fitness riding (9/10)
  • Equipment: Shimano 105 black groupset and Zzyzx kit. Not flashy but does the job (8/10)
  • Wheels: Competent Shimano hoops with Conti’s excellent 24mm Grand Prix tyres (7/10)

The aluminium Dolomiti weighs in at just 19.7lb (8.94kg) thanks to lightweight wheels, the speccing of a complete Shimano 105 groupset and a compact double chainset rather than a triple.

This sort of weight would have cost you much more than £800 not that long ago, and is still a weight that those not familiar with road bikes will be shocked by on picking it up. And yes, it does make a difference out on the road.

The Dolomiti feels stable, with no hint of twitchiness, but can be cranked up to speed quickly and ridden with a real zing. It’s as easy – and safe – to ride no-handed as just about any road bike we’ve tested, but point it any direction and that’s where it goes, and fast too.

The 105 groupset didn’t disappoint, shifting quickly and accurately throughout testing. The braking performance felt better than the Sora/Tiagra setup found on other bikes at this price, but not up to the standard of SRAM’s Rival anchors.

The Shimano wheels aren’t the most glamorous hoops you’ll find but they’re pretty well sealed for the price, and our resident mechanic and part-time wheelbuilder George Ramelkamp is a big fan of them.

The Conti Grand Prix tyres are also proven performers. The new 24mm width splits the difference between narrower race tyres and wider, more commuter-friendly rubber, adding a little extra comfort without trimming too much off your speed. It straddles the sportive/training divide in Conti’s tyre chart, and is a sound choice for this sort of machine. We’ve ridden this tyre on quite a few bikes this year and have found that it’s pretty puncture-resistant too.

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Even the own-brand vinyl saddle was reasonably comfortable. In fact, about the only thing we’d do is swap the bar tape. The black and white Corratec-branded tape has a rubberised feel and is grippy enough, but it’s very thin, and while the handlebar clamp is oversized the bars themselves are standard diameter –  resulting in a fair amount of road buzz being transmitted through the bars. Swap the bar tape for something thicker, or double up on its thickness and it will really help things.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Dolomiti 105 (09)
Brand Corratec

Available Sizes 46 48 50 53 55 57 59 61cm
Rear Hub Forged alloy
Top Tube (cm) 55
Standover Height (cm) 79
Seat Tube (cm) 49
Chainstays (cm) 40.7
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27.5
Weight (lb) 19.7
Weight (kg) 8.94
Stem ZZYZX forged alu stem, 110mm, 4 bolt o/s clamp with 2 bolt 1 1/8" steerer
Shifters Shimano 105 Black 10-speed STI
Seatpost Zzyzx all forged aluminium, 27.2mm x 300mm, twin bolt clamp
Saddle Corratec with steel rails
Rims Shimano WH-RS10, aero alloy rims
Rear Wheel Weight 1716
Rear Derailleur 105 Black
Bottom Bracket Alloy external cups with sealed cartridges, English thread
Headset Type FSA sealed integrated cartridges, 1 1/8" ahead
Handlebar ZZYZX alu anatomic shallow, oversized clamp zone, 40cm c-c oversize
Grips/Tape Corratec
Front Wheel Weight 1144
Front Hub forged alloy
Front Derailleur 105 Black
Frame Weight 1794
Frame Material Tig welded 6061 alu with reinforced head tube, forged dropouts, replaceable hanger.
Fork Weight 520
Fork Carbon blades, alloy 1 1/8" steerer, crown and forged dropouts
Cranks Shimano 105 Black, forged aluminium 2 piece with hollow steel spindle, 172.5 arms, 110BCD, 34/50 alloy rings
Cassette Shimano 105 10-speed, 12-27
Brakes 105 Black
Wheelbase (cm) 97