Video: Martyn Ashton’s Colnago C59 Disc (MSRP: $24,500)

Road Bike Video

The unquestioned internet sensation of the week was Road Bike Party 2. As of Friday, the new trials video from Marty Ashton and friends already had 3.7 million views, well on the way to the eclipsing the 9-plus million that have watched the first video in the series.

Now it’s time to take a closer look at Ashton’s bike. Gone is the rim-braked Pinarello from Road Bike Party 1, replaced by the first production disc-braked carbon fiber road racing bike: Colnago’s C59 Disc. Besides the addition of hydraulic disc brakes, it’s the same frame raced by French WorldTour star Thomas Voeckler in the Tour de France.

In contrast to the original film — which used a completely stock Pinarello Dogma 2 — Ashton felt that the riding demanded some choice modifications, chiefly in the brake department to boost power and control to allow him to be able to really push his riding. This pushed the bike’s value to roughly $24,500. Despite the tough treatment, though, the only mechanicals during filming were a handful of punctures, and one brake line that pulled-out as a result of a crash.

Check out this video for a closer look at the bike building process, and check out the photo gallery below for complete details on some of the special touches needed for the Road Bike Party 2 bike.

Video: Martyn Ashton’s Colnago C59 Disc (MSRP: $24,500) Gallery

Build Time

Ashton watches his dream bike come together.

Colnago C59 Disc

The world’s first production disc road bike, in Ferrari team colors. Full carbon fiber frame and fork. Handmade in Italy.

Bespoke Hope Hydraulic Trials Zone Disc Brakes

Hope specially milled and shaped each brake lever onto the bike in one day exclusively for Martyn. The brakes themselves are made up of a Hope Trials Zone lever and reservoir mated with a smaller caliper piston, and a set of completely bespoke rotors.

It's All About Brakes


Shimano Dura Ace Di2 Electronic Shifting

The front and rear derailleurs are Di2 electronic units, but instead of using Di2 STI road brake lever and shifter combos – which would inhibit the use of hydraulic disc brakes that were up to the demands of trials riding – Martyn spec'd Shimano Climbing Shifters, which could be mounted inboard of the stem on the handlebars and so freed up the requirement to have gears on the brake levers.

Special Shifter Placement


Vision Metron T42 Carbon Rims

Full carbon deep section road race rims were laced onto Hope Pro III disc hubs to create a light and strong, disc-brake compatible wheelset.

Continental Tires

German rubber from Continental Tires in the form of the company’s Grand Prix 4000-S, 700x25mm clinchers maximized traction, together with Continental inner tubes.

Shimano Pedals

In keeping with the road bike theme, Martyn took a standard set of Shimano XT flat pedals and modified them to minimize their profile so as to look more in keeping with being used on a road bike. Danny and Chris both used Hope F20 flat pedals.

FSA SL-K Crankset

The SL-K crankset is a top of the range carbon fiber road racing crankset, complete with hollow carbon crank arms to minimize weight.

Hope Pro III Disc Hubs


FSA K-Force Carbon Components

The drop bars, stem, and seatpost are all FSA K-Force pieces, designed for road racing and made from a continuous uni-directional carbon/Kevlar composite construction.

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