Colnago has beaten the other top-end bicycle manufacturers to the punch and unveiled their C59 Disc road bike at the Taipei Show in Taiwan. The C59 Disc, based on the popular C59 frame used by team Europcar, comes equipped with hydraulic disc brakes, carbon wheels, and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2. The use of Formula hydraulic discs and Di2-enabled hydraulic drop bar levers sets the C59 atop the disc road bike genre.
The C59 Disc has an all new rear end that has been reinforced in key areas to accept the Colnago-branded Formula R1 calipers and 140mm rotors. Similarly, the fork is totally new and, like the frame, can only be set up with disc calipers.
Formula’s hydraulic and electronic levers power all the braking and shifting, and the dual-purpose hydraulic levers set the C59 Disc apart from the current pack of disc brake road and cyclocross bikes. Colnago also released the Artemis Disc wheel, which is what the C59 Disc will be rolling onto the showroom floor with. The wheels have 24 spokes front and rear wich, most importantly, use a mountain bike-standard 135mm rear hub. That means that any mountain bike hub can be used in the 135mm dropouts of the C59 disc.
Along with the C59 Disc, Colnago also released their Prestige Disc cyclocross bike. While less flashy than the C59 Disc, the Prestige Disc still uses Shimano’s Di2 group paired with SRAM BB7 brake calipers. Like the C59 disc, the Prestige Disc will accept 140mm rotors and the rear hub is spaced to 135mm.