Ferrari and Colnago have a long-standing collaboration. In 2014 the V1-R was launched as the first aero race bike of the heritage-heavy Italian brand. Today we are in Italy where we have been invited to the official presentation of the Colnago V2-R. So what has changed? And how much Ferrari is still in this bike?

Legendary: the connection between Colnago and Ferrari.
Ernesto Colnago personally presents to us the new V2-R.
The new Colnago V2-R is based on the V1-R, but has received some significant detail improvements. The biggest differences compared to the V1-R are more tire-clearance, a newly positioned rear wheel brake, a new carbon layup, a new seat clamp, new cable entries and a slightly more aggressive geometry. Despite all the changes, attention was paid to maintaining the classic aesthetics of the monocoque carbon frame.
Dream in red: this model in metallic red fitted with Campagnolo Super Record components is a limited edition with only 100 having been made.
Flowing design:
A nicely integrated seat clamp.
The rear wheel brake of the predecessor model was positioned in the pedal bearing area, resulting in compatibility problems with powermeters.
Thanks to the new “classic” position of direct mount brakes on the seat stay, 28 mm wide tires will now fit onto the bike.
It is unmistakable: every frame literally carries the signature of the founder Ernesto Colnago.
The weight of Italian beauty is circa 835g
(frame in size M) which remains the same.
Perfect fit: Colnago + Campagnolo Super Record 😍
The Colnago V2-R is also available as a disc version and is called Colnago V2-R Disc.
Direct mount brakes and a super easy-to-use plug-in axle ensure a clean look and fast cycling.

Colnago V2-R Geometry

Size 42 45 48 50 52 54 56 58
Seat tube 420 mm 450 mm 480 mm 500 mm 520 mm 540 mm 560 mm 580 mm
Top tube 505 mm 515 mm 529 mm 539 mm 550 mm 565 mm 580 mm 590 mm
Head tube 124 mm 125 mm 127 mm 145 mm 163 mm 180 mm 187 mm 204 mm
Head angle 55 ° 55 ° 55 ° 55 ° 55 ° 55 ° 55 ° 55 °
Seat angle 75.5 ° 75.0 ° 74.5 ° 74.0 ° 73.6 ° 72.5 ° 73.0 ° 73.0 °
Chainstay 398 mm 400 mm 402 mm 405 mm 408 mm 411 mm 412 mm 414 mm
BB Drop 65 mm 68 mm 69 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm 70 mm
Reach 372 mm 375 mm 383 mm 384 mm 384 mm 387 mm 399 mm 405 mm
Stack 517 mm 522 mm 527 mm 546 mm 564 mm 582 mm 590 mm 606 mm

More exciting news: The Colnago C60 DM

With the Colnago C60 DM, the Italians are also updating the C60 models, which allows for more tire-clearance (up to 28 mm) through the use of direct-mount brakes, the new rear triangle with longer chainstays also provides improved compliance whilst supposedly maintaining its precision.

The other interesting news is that Colnago is now building a direct sales channel called Colnago Store and will start selling accessories directly through that channel. The question is, will you be able to order bikes in the future? We will see! Check: colnagostore.com

Ready to ride: Tomorrow we will fill the legs with lactate!

All in all, the company is able to carry out important technical updates and equip the Colnago V2-R with state-of-the-art technology. With the development of the V2-R, Ferrari was no longer involved, but according to Colnago the base of the bike was still the result of the previous cooperation for the V1-R. Visually, the bike is still as hot as the Italian dream car, if not even hotter! Whether the bike can also be convincing in terms of riding technology, we will see on an initial test ride on Italian asphalt around Milan. We’ll leave you with those curiosities until our first review.

Prices and availability will be announced shortly. For more info: http://www.colnago.com/

Words & Photos: Robin Schmitt