While known for their road bikes, Colnago has had success in the cross side of things including a World Championship in 2016. Their latest bike, the Prestige, is a Colnago work of art through and through and is much more affordable than most think. With Framesets at $2,500 and complete Force 1x bikes starting at just under $4,000, they are priced very competitively.
This particular bike was purchased to be a B bike for the winter and to be converted for full cross and gravel use for the Spring, Summer and Fall. With an Enve seatpost, bar and stem and Force 1x drivetrain, this bike is ready to rip. We love that the client wanted to go with white touch points, as they look awesome with the frame and are oh so Pro.
Right now a 42t chainring upfront is paired with a 11-34 in the back. This provides plenty of range for winter base miles on the road and will function great between the barriers come cross season. Depending on the race, a 40 or 38t even might be swapped in. A clutch on the rear derailleur and narrow-wide chainring negate the need for a chainguide.
Up front there is plenty of clearance for tires larger than the UCI max of 33mm come time to go offroad. The fork is super stiff and crisp. 12mm thru axles and flat mount brakes have been a well welcomed standard. Note the super clean routing through the fork for the front brake line. The FSA NS wheels have been a shop favorite. At $500 and under 1700 grams, they perform awesome. A big plus as well is that they have set up tubeless without issue on countless tires. It is a perfect wheel for when you want multiple sets of wheels for different tires to dial in the treat for the conditions come race day.
White Supacaz tape really pops on this build. While white tape can always get dirty, Supacaz is washable. To achieve the proper front-end height, we needed to turn up the Enve stem. Slammed might look cool, being inside of your range of motion is always going to be faster.
Note Ernesto's signature on the top tube and plenty of room for shouldering underneath it. Elite cages firmly hold the bottles in place for winter miles and will probably come off before the bike makes its way into the starting chute. Even with disc brakes, Colnago went with a seat stay bridge to stiffen up the rear end and keep the bike crisp.
The cleanest this bike will ever be, but that is a good thing!