2014 Colnago CLX 3.0 Ultegra
The Colnago CLX 3.0 Ultegra Bike is, in many ways, classic Colnago. It’s attractive and rides great. What is hard to tell is that despite the sweeping lines and aero accents, the bike rides even better when the roads get worse.
This is thanks to a frame that is designed for stability and confidence, with tube shaping that allows for ample compliance while still resisting the lateral forces that can rob a bike of efficiency. Geometry plus engineering is how they do it; this bike can ride all day, every day and still leave you grinning.
While the ride is what matters, it’s the details that get you there. The front triangle is monocoque, with the stays added after. This design allows for Colnago to use more precise fabrication techniques, specifically stainless steel inner molds, in more places of the frame, improving compaction, which in turn can mean lighter weight, greater strength and reliability. The tubes are all shaped with ride quality in mind, from the clover-section down tube to the squared stays.
Colnago also works in a tapered 1 1/8″ to 1 1/4″ steerer tube. It’s connected to the frame via Colnago’s patented headset system, which increases the durability of the frame. And because it flows naturally from the design, the seat post is aero, matching the tube shaping of the seat tube. Thinking about the future, Colnago has designed removable cable stops: if you want to go electronic in the future, the stops come off and you run the cables inside.
Onto this long-riding platform, Shimano Ultegra 6800 components have been added. STI shifters, derailleurs, cranks, and cogs. It’s a light, smooth, reliable group, with a wide-range 50×34 crankset and 11-25 eleven-speed cassette. Colnago keeps building on Italian style and strength with a Deda stem and handlebars and Selle Italia saddle.
Building what they like, Colnago opts for their own designed Artemis wheels and X-Brakes. These fit the character of the CLX better and, true to Colnago’s flair, are finished to match the frame. A little more bling for the buck.
The Colnago CLX 3.0 Ultegra bike is built for your adventures and dressed for success.