Colnago CLX

The Colnago name is known for a lot of things - being priced for everyone to own, is not one of them. Or, at least historically, it was not. While Colnago offered bikes at a low pricepoint, they were generally not great compared to the competition at a similar price. This is not the case anymore. Colnago has re-engineered the CLX from the ground up as a more affordable version of their V2R.  Available in either a full 105 or Ultegra buildset, they are ready to shine on whatever ride you take them on. Looking for a Di2 option? While not offered from Colnago, we are happy to perform this upgrade in house. 

The 105 Spec bike comes in at $3,199.  

Based off of their top tier V2R, the CLX uses more reasonably priced carbon as well as a few other touches like a non proprietary 27.2 seatpost. It does retain a very slick and effective wedge clamp.  You can also see the raw carbon underneath the clear coat on the top tube. While painting it black is less expensive, the paint adds weight and this finish looks better in our opinion as well.

Colnagos are known for their crisp handling and a stiff and responsive fork is a key part of that equation.  The bike also comes with Shimano's Ice Tech rotors. The outside layers are very thin and made of steel to ensure a long life, but the inside is aluminum for lower weight and much better heat dissipation. 

The rear triangle is stiff and responsive for crisp power transfer and precise handling. Colnago did a great job ensuring the ride is never harsh and the bike is comfortable for long days in the saddle. We love the clean lines of the frame and the highlights of red paint on this version.

The Ultegra version of the bike comes in at $3,799 and uses the same wheel and finishing kit spec as the 105 bike. While we love this color, the bike also is available in a more muted color to be launched soon.

The fork and downtube have been refined in a wind tunnel. By utilizing a Kamm tail shape, they are able to keep the frame stiff without excess material (and weight) and also keep its aerodynamic drag very low and not far off a full aero road bike. The matte silver paint with black, green and yellow accents looks even better in person than in photos.

Shimano's newest generation Ultegra R8000 rear derailleur functions flawlessly. 

Colango's is one of the most storied head badges in history. Also, note the super clean routing for either a mechanical or Di2 shift system.

The seat clamp and post close up. Note the Clover Leaf on the back of the junction. Just like every Colnago, it bears Ernesto's signature. 

This was something we were very pleasantly surprised to see, a Thread Fit 82.5 Bottom Bracket. While Press Fit BB86 would have been cheaper and a tad lighter, having the shell threaded in aluminum allows for a much more precise fit and also the ability to replace it as the bike ages. 

Note the super clean rear end with Ultegra flat mount calipers and finned brake pads. 

If you are looking for a super bike without the price, the Colnago CLX is a stellar offering. 

Barry Strasnick