The refinement of an Italian purebred race bike, combined with the ultimate power of oversized monocoque tubing. The Colnago M10 is the choice of the discerning cyclist athlete. Colnago M10 is ultra light weight, superbly powerful, and most importantly - designed by Ernesto Colnago . The M10 shares the same handling geometry as the , substituting the lugged joints and tubes for a one-piece monocoque. The result is the most powerful and lightest Colnago frame. The M10 is available in two versions: The Electronico designed specifically for electronic component groups, and the standard M10 for traditional mechanical groups. The M10 also features a tapered headtube and stout carbon fork for excellent handling accuracy. The brake and derailleur cables are routed internally for a modern clean look. Finally, it wouldn't be a Colnago without stunning paint - hand finished in Italy! The Colnago M10, start turning heads. -Available in eight sloping frame sizes 42, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, and 58cm -Internal cable routing - for the cleanest set-up -Powerful, oversized, polygonal downtube -Colnago Q-stay carbon fiber rear seat stays -Tall section carbon chain stays -1 1/8" - 1 1/4" tapered headtube -Colnago Headset System sealed cartridge bearing headset -Colnago 31.6mm seatpost, matching each colorway -Available in six colorways, all hand painted in Italy -MAWH - White/Silver -MAOB - Black/Neon Orange/White -MASL - Matte Black/Silver -MAYB - Black/Neon Yellow -MARE - White/Red -MTBK - Matte Black
Strengths: Stiff, fast, light and very pointy Beautifully made and finished.
It's used in the pro-peloton, nuff said!
Weaknesses: Paint fraility.
Writes cheques my legs can't cash!
The M10 is my first foray into carbon ownership, having owned an aluminium Klien for the last 11 years. Now to set the scene, I LOVE my Klein, it is a gorgeous bike with an amazing paint job and it's stiff and fast and b-e-a-utifully made. So why change? A trip throguh the french Alps hinted at a front end that's got a bit more flex than is preferred when travelling downhill at 80kph+. So I spent several months umming and arring about changing and looked at Ribble, Pearsons, Neil Pryde and Cervelo as options. I also looked at Colnago, in that press your nose up against the window and dream way, until chatting with my LBS I discovered that they had a single M10 frame and forks in my size and he was looking to offload it as he doesn't actually stock them as a regular line. Added to that it was in black white and orange (I luuurve orange). As I've spent thousands in that shop over the last few years and he could see the benefit of selling components he gave me a cracking deal (£1000 off the rrp anybody?!) and the bike was mine. So that's the back ground, what's it like to ride?
Unbelievable. It is so so fast, everything you put through the cranks makes you go faster but the very best bits are the way it climbs like a squirrel with a rocket up it's a*se and the pinpoint accuracy of the steering, due no doubt to the huge headtube and straight leg forks (suggested by Ferrari apparently). I get greater cornering angles on this than any other bike I have ever ridden.
The bike is just so stiff, nothing is wasted and nothing flexes but it's also comfy(ish). I've got it made up with Ultegra and Zipp Service Course SL finishing kit with Zipp carbon bars and it's pretty damn comfortable over 100-150km. You do get a bit of road buzz and the carbon frame can be a bit noisy (something that they all seem to have) but I don't get off clutching my privates and wondering why my hands have gone numb.
The only downside I've found so far is that the paint seems very frail and has chipped on a number of occaisions. My Klein NEVER chipped (until I hit a curb in Val d'isere...I was tired).
This bike is probably aimed at the keen road racer more than sportive rider as it's got a low front end but I'm a sportive rider (and triathlete) and have raised the front with spacers to make it a little less aggressive which seems to work nicely.
This M10 is taking me over the Pyrenees this summer and I have no doubt that it will be incredible, especially on those descents. Everytime I look down whilst riding and see that famous name emblazoned on, well, pretty much every tube actually, it makes me smile. I have a Colnago...and it's fabulous.
Buy one, you wont regret it, even if you pay full price ;-)
Favorite Ride: Anything downhill with a following wind.
Purchased At: Banjo Cycles Newbury
Bike Setup: Rol Race SL Wheels (buy them, they're awesome!)
Zipp Service Course SL bars, stem and post
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: January 30, 2012
Strengths: Looks...sexiest bike available.
Weaknesses: Obviously, price.
The best way to describe this bike is deceiving. The first ride was so-so and felt slower than my alum cervelo. Took a few rides to get the fit just right. Then it just got faster and faster. Feel that I am a much faster rider, but now afraid that it is all bike and not me. Not quite as light and smooth as I would have thought, but definately stiff. Went with Ultegra Di2, of which I'm not a huge fan of...yet.
Strengths: Fit and Finish
Fast- Sprints Well, no flex
Internal Cable Routing
Weaknesses: 5K for F/F
I hate this bike. I am totally ruined at this point. After riding this, I can never go back to my Scott Addicts, or Look 585. I guess after riding this, the holy grail of bikes the benchmark has been set. So maybe this is just first date ipmressions and weaknesses will manifest in time. First Ride Impressions; 20 miles (just to get my legs back). This bike is fast and compliant. I'm really impressed with how comfortable this bike is as well. It sprints with ease for a 15.6 lb steed. (my Addict was 13.5 lbs), is smooth, comfortable. I cant say enough on how nice the fit an finish is. Really nice built quality. I mean really nice. But what else do you expect for 10k? Yes you can spend a lot less and have a great ride. For copmarison, I rode a Willier Cento 1 for 40 miles last year at interbike. It was super nice. The Scott Addicts are really really stiff, can be built sub 14lbs with ease, the Look 585 are a good choice for pro peleton equipment with some character with the lugged classic frame. Overall, first 20 mile ride was spectacular.