Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pros:

  • Rides and handles superbly
  • Stable on the descents and turns
  • Well priced

Cons:

  • Little bit heavier than the competition

Product:

Colnago CLX2.0: First Ride

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£2599.95

Colnago needs little introduction, and when it brings out something new we’re always keen to test it.

The CLX 2.0 is its latest addition, sitting third wheel behind the EPS and CX-1.0. Its entirely new monocoque front end hankers after the usual performance gains – more stiffness, less weight – while Colnago’s tried and tested ‘leaf-shaped’ chainstays are paired with new curved seatstays to balance drive and comfort.

The result is a resounding success, providing you are singing off Colnago’s hymn sheet. That’s to say, it rides and handles superbly, but even though the frame is 100g lighter than its predecessor, the bike is still carrying a bit more weight than many in this price bracket. It’s just the Colnago way.

Thankfully, it’s only a tiny handicap to an otherwise very classy bike, feeling a little sluggish on the climbs, but then it does pay you back by feeling very stable on descents and fast turns.

Splitting up the Ultegra 6700 groupset are Colnago-branded brake calipers and an FSA chainset specced on this build option, but if you want to have a CLX decked out in only Italian finery then it’s available as a frame/fork option for £1,699.95 for you to add your own ideas.

Verdict

Taiwanese made, the CLX 2.0 might not feel like it’s giving you that special Italian, handbuilt treatment, such is the heritage of the brand, but then if it was it might not be in your budget. The CLX 2.0 puts Colnago in the mix with the mass market brands, at a very popular price point.

Full Specification

Size Range:
8 sizes, 42-59cm
Frame:
CLX2.0 carbon monocoque

Group Set:
Shimano Ultegra 6700
Size Tested:
54cm

Weight:
17.5lb/7.95kg
Supplier:
Windwave. 02392 521912, www.windwave.co.uk

  • d.jansen

    the bike is a feast for the eyes.it is silky smooth feels lijke riding a ROLLS.I have riden it for thousands of miles on flats,hills ,you name it.there is nothing so rewarding then riding a superb michine and the satisfacion of acomplishment at the end of a good ride.I say to all those COLNAGO PURISTS…..get over it.if SENOR COLNAGO says it’s ok,then it is OK…….

    P.S.”the best pizza does not have to be made in Italy”………….

  • daniel jansen

    just looking at it is a feast for the eyes.I bought a 2008 version of the bike (red)outfitted with the ultegra group.I have ridden it over 11000 miles on all types of rides,uphill,flats, you name it.the satisfaction of riding a superb bike rewards you with a great feeling of acomplishment.The first time I saw it was in italy at the 2006 world cup,it looks similar to the colnago cristallo.I say to all those so called colnago purists,get over it,if Mr.Colnago himself says its ok, then it is OK.I have just ordered another clx ,this time a 48 cms for my dear wife also in red.

    p.s …… “pizzas dont have to be made in italy to be the best”……