Colnago refers to the C59 Italia as the queen of their model rage. It is made in northern Italy at the same location Ernesto Colnago has been making his stories framesets for more than 50 years and then sent on to Tuscany for its drop dead gorgeous paint work.
The C59 Italia combines classic techniques of lugged construction with the highest quality carbon fiber and construction methods passionately developed by legendary artisans. A Master-shaped, internally ribbed top tube and downtube maximize stiffness further enhanced by the square chain stays and seat stays. Lugged construction allows each tube to be fine-tuned for a perfectly balanced stiff yet lively ride quality. Colnago carefully chosen geometry allow the C59 Italia to be at home cornering, descending and weaving through a tight peloton in a nimble yet stable way only achieved though over five decades of the most intimate collaboration with the very best professional riders and top teams.
The paint finish is textbook Colnago - intricate and beautiful. Except for the head badge, none of the colored areas or logos on a Colnago frame is a decal thanks to the skill of their painters.
Ernesto Colnago has been designing quality road racing bicycles for over 5 decades and his passion for frame design continues today. Colnago Italy's largest frame maker and is family owned. This means there are no investors looking to cut corners for a quick short term profit. Colnago can completely control the quality and is the only bicycle company to be ISO certified for extreme high quality. Colnago has never has a recall in their years and uses the very highest quality carbon fiber available in the world. Colnago bikes have been used by too many professional teams to count and have garnered literally thousands of professional wins. A genuine enthusiasm for innovative and reliable design combined with some of the most exciting paint and graphic work in the bicycle world continues to keep Colnago one of the most coveted brands in the marketplace.
A word on sizing. Colnago describes the frame size as the actual seat tube length from the center of the bottom bracket to about the middle of the seat collar extension. Since most manufacturers list virtual sizes on sloping top tube frames (the size to frame would feel like if the bike had a horizontal top tube) Colnago "s" frames run larger than what they may seem at first glance so we strongly suggest sizing off the virtual top tube length and head tube length. Another way to size the "s" (s for sloping top tube) framesets is to add 4cm for a virtual size. So, for example a 52s would ride like a 56cm.
Build information: requires English (BSC) threaded bottom bracket and a braze-on front derailleur