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Colnago C-RS ULTEGRA 6800 – Our Honest Review

great value…

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PROS

  • Stiff and Robust Frameset
  • Stylish look
  • Traditional Seatpost Diameter offers Compatibility with a Variety of Saddles
  • Direct and Stable When Cornering

CONS

  • Not The Lightest In Its Category

Review Summary

An adage seems to have emerged among the more experienced riders – you have to own a Colnago at least once to be a true cyclist. Whether it’s true or not, it’s up to you to decide, but the fact of the matter is – the C-RS ULTEGRA 6800 sure does make a great case. It’s an absolute beauty, and, for a manufacturer that’s famed for making gorgeous Italian rides, Colnago appears to have outdone themselves.

The price point had been the most troublesome point of any Colnago bike so far, as most couldn’t afford them. With the C-RS ULTEGA 6800, things seem to be changing. While it’ll still probably put a noticeable dent in your pocket, for what it has to offer, it can be considered a steal.

Officially, it’s branded an “entry-level” cyclocross bicycle. It might be considered a bit misleading as this bike seems to be quite more superior than just an entry-level ride.

The machine sports a dark, stylish look branded with the signature of Ernesto Colnago. It ought to stand out even in a crowd of more expensive bicycles.

The ride comes with ape straight fork and a heavily shad frame – typical of the brand. The manufacturer also has its own, awkward sizing, so one must do to their geometry homework before making the purchase. The C-RS ought to meet the needs of even the more demanding cyclists.

The carbon monocoque fork is found on the bike was first invented by Colnago forty years ago. Along with the chainstay and compact saddle, it gives the bicycle superb handling and acceleration.

Specifications

  • WEIGHT – 19 lbs

  • FRAME -Colnago C-RS Carbon Monocoque, QR dropout

  • FORK – Colnago C-RS Carbon Monocoque, straight blade, tapered

  • SEATPOST – Colnago, 27.2mm

  • DRIVETRAIN – SHIMANO 105 CN-HG601; SHIMANO CS-6800 11-28T; Shimano Ultegra 50-34

  • BRAKES – Shimano Ultegra 8000 rim caliper

  • FRAME SIZES – 5’3′ to 6’5″ (rider height)

  • DERAIKKEURS – Shimano Ultegra x2

  • SADDLE – Selle Italia Qbik

  • WHEELSET – Shimano WH-RS010

 

Colnago C-RS ULTEGRA 6800 – Features

Frameset

The bicycle comes with a new self-brand carbon frame. It comes with a monocoque design that’s in tune with the manufacturer’s style that has been shaped by their extensive experience in manufacturing some of the best bicycles in the world. It boasts the latest, fashionable design and cutting edge technology.

The manufacturer had one thing in mind during the designing process, and that’s to meet the high demands of customers looking for a high-quality ride that makes no compromises. Its internal cable routing and other characteristics make it a worthy competitor to even higher-end products.

Tuned and Tested

Yet another aspect of the manufacturing process that makes Colnago such a renowned brand. They are famed for their intensive use of prototyping. It is undoubtedly a great way of gaining loyal customers.

No matter if you are buying their cheapest or their most expensive product, you can rest assured you’re getting a safe, tried and tested ride. The manufacturing process involves plenty of testing and sampling.

Colnago carries out numerous analyses of various specs with a variety of combinations. Aside from international safety protocols, Colnago has its own internal one that’s thought to be stricter.

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Groupset

Although an unlikely pair – the combination of Japanese and Italian technology seems to be a winning one. The Light Action Vivid Shifting makes the Ultrega 11-speed perform exceptionally well. The derailleurs and shifters, marked by Shimano’s Vivid Shift technology as well, make sure you’ll get the gear you need, when you need it, with absolute ease.

The Shimano Hollowtech II chainset comes with a two-piece hollow axle design, making it lighter yet stiffer than a square taper chainset. Even the steepest hills are no match for the 50/34 compact gearing.

Finish Kit

The traditional Colnago finish is the one made of Deda and self-branded components. The ride sports Deda handlebars and a Selle Italia Saddle.

 

Downsides

 

Almost nothing, really. One must go with the weight of the frame, for it is a bit heavier than the average frame of its featherweight carbon category. But it’s probably just nitpicking, considering how well the ride performs.

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Verdict

An absolutely impressive ride that ought to give the rider a bang for their buck. It comes with firm handling, superior aesthetics, and superb ride quality.

It’s so much more than one would expect from it. The entry-level label should definitely be reconsidered.