Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai; Alaphilippe takes uphill sprint in Colombia: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

February 10, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Colbrelli takes uphill sprint at Dubai Tour, Viviani retains GC lead; Alalphilippe wins uphill sprint at Colombia Oro y Paz, takes race lead; Life after Sky: With move to Quick-Step, Viviani is quickly building momentum; Oh-so-close for Rally’s Brandon McNulty at Dubai Tour; Gaviria’s hat trick: Three for three in Colombia Oro y Paz sprints; Sagan announces two new gran fondo events in California; Specialized launches new S-Works 7 road shoes and Evade II aero road helmet; Colnago updates flagship road bike with C64.

Colnago updates flagship road bike with C64

by Dave Rome

Set to replace the C60, Colnago have a new lugged carbon road frameset in the form of the C64. The Italian company’s latest machine looks to combine a number of aerodynamic and weight saving features with its classic use of lugs. As of right now, only a rim-brake version is available, but a disc-version is due approximately April. The C64 moves to direct mount caliper brakes, with room for 28c tyres front and rear.

New manufacturing techniques have allowed Colnago to alleviate weight through the use of thinner lugs, while new shapes are said to improve torsional stiffness. Additionally, the seattube is now a single piece with the seattube lug. The seattube lug hides an integrated wedge-type seatpost clamp, offering a cleaner appearance.

The seatpost itself moves from a traditional round post to a thinner proprietary D-shaped model. This truncated design matches the seattube and is again claimed to offer aerodynamic benefits in addition to increased comfort. The latter being similar in concept to Giant’s D-Fuse design.

The C64 retains Colnago’s own ThreadFit 82.5 bottom bracket standard, effectively an oversized system that can be adapted to various pressfit standards. Colnago have joined forces with CeramicSpeed to offer specific direct-fit bottom brackets suited for Campagnolo, Shimano or SRAM cranks. Joining this lower lug are new asymmetric chainstays, with the left notably wider.

Australia frameset pricing is quoted at AUD$6,399-6,999 depending on the finish. We’re currently trying to arrange a test on this new bike, stay tuned.