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Our Colnago WORLD CUP SL DISC 105 5800 Review

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PROS

  • Stylish
  • Firm Handling
  • Disc Brake Ready
  • Excellent Gearing and Brakes
  • Great Value
  • Rigid and Robust Frame
  • Responsive

CONS

  • Not As Light As The Average

Review Summary

What’s undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous rides you’ll ever see. One needs only to take one look at it to realize that that’s not such a bold statement at all. Even though its branded an entry-level bike, it sure doesn’t look like one.

The patterns and contours are an absolute delight – every bit as the more expensive Prestige. It’s black and white paint job is well-executed. The Italian touch permeates the whole machine.

The model is entirely a redesigned cross bike which has been manufactured solely for disc brakes. The World Cup SL is a solution for cyclists who are fond of the thrills and spills of CX.

It’s double butter 6000 series aluminum frame is light yet robust. Its designed for greater stiffness at the joins. Although the frame is light, the whole bike is a bit heavier than your average cross bike of the magnitude, which might be its biggest disadvantage.

Nevertheless, the World Cup is a fast bike with firm handling that’s capable of dealing with the inevitable impacts cyclocross is sure to bring. The clean lines and the disk brake secure more than enough mud clearance in more demanding courses.

As soon as the UCI approved the use of disc brakes in cross races, Colnago equipped all of their CX rides with disk brakes. The frame and the fork are entirely compatible with standard Post Mount calipers. These particular ones come with a 160mm disc diameter.

To ensure the rider has an excellent grip, the model comes with Kenda wicker tires that also offer low rolling resistance. There is also the Shimano 105 11-speed groupset that ensures swift and accurate gear changes.

Specifications

  • WEIGHT – 22.6 lbs

  • FRAME -World Cup Disc Alloy Frame (Double Butted 6000 series)

  • FORK – Tapered 1 1/8 to 1/ 1/2 World Cup Disc Alloy Carbon

  • SEATPOST – Colnago New AL; Selle Italia X1

  • DRIVETRAIN – Shimano 105 11-speed; FSA CK-C4001SS; CN-HG600

  • BRAKES – BB5 Mechanical Disc Brakes; Shimano 105 levers; Avid BB5 Platinum Callipers

  • TIRES – Kenda Kwicker 700 x 32c

  • HANDLEBARS – Deda RHM EI

 

Colnago WORLD CUP SL DISC 105 5800 – Features

Drivetrain

Colnago made sure to fit the ride with fine components, and the Shimano 105 11-speed front and rear derailleurs and shifters are certainly no low-end equipment. They provide the rider with better acceleration and power gears, as well as smooth and fast gear indexing, thanks to their wide range of gears.

BRAKES

When one’s speeding through the CX trail, one has to have an excellent set of brakes that’ll provide sufficient stopping power. Colnago didn’t want to take any chances, so they opted for the famous Avid BB5 actuated disk brakes with 160-millimeter rotors. You can be confident they’ll provide you with enough stoppage power.

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Finishing Kit

As is their tradition, Colnago finished off the World Cup with a combination of their own components and Deda Parts. The handlebars are Deda RHM EI while the saddle is Selle Italia.

The handlebar is perfect for CX as it comes with an excellent grip and offers great support. The saddle is extra comfortable, even on longer rides.

Testing

Anyone who is well acquainted with Colnago is familiar with their intensive use of prototyping. That’s one of the biggest reasons their customers remain loyal. The World Cup SL is another of Colnago’s safe, tried and tested products.

Before the final version of the product is released, the manufacturer conducts multiple analyses of the specifications and different variations. There is a lot of testing and sampling involved. Their lab utilizes the highest standards possible.

Each and every frame goes through impact and fatigue tests. Aside from the international homologation protocol, the manufacturer has its own internal security protocol.

Downsides

 

The Weight

The World Cup would be almost perfect if it weren’t for its weight. With its twenty-something pounds of weight, it’s not that heavier from the average, but it could have been quite lighter. The saddle, stem, and handlebars are much heavier than they need to be.

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Verdict

It’s a semi entry-level cyclocross bike that comes at a fair price, considering the components. It’s undoubtedly one of the most beautiful rides out there and is just a few components away from being a very high-end ride. The ride is not only suitable for beginners, but for experienced riders as well, and experienced riders who are willing to spend a couple of bucks on some upgrades will get the most out of the World Cup.