65th Milan Bike Show Report Part Two
Maybe to show his support for his home show, Colnago held this ace (of clubs) up his sleeve until Milan. It's his take on the current trend for road-going fixed-wheel bikes but done with Colnago's inimitable style and flair. The frame is built with Colnago/Gilco "Master" tubing and wears an iconic "Saronni Red" paintjob. The Campagnolo components are anodized gold, including the sought-after "Cobalto" side-pull brake stirrups. The bike is topped out with an original honey-coloured Brooks Professional from the '70's.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the booth, the 2008 "Arte" was drawing admiring glances. This "Colnago for the masses" sports a scandium frame with carbon stays and a mix of Shimano 105 and FSA parts. With looks like these, who cares if it's made in Taiwan?
Casati always excel in the quality and finishing department and their 2008 "Laser Carbon" is no exception. Built from EOM 16.5 steel top and down tubes, with a carbon seat tube and rear stays, is entirely custom-built to rider measurements.
Their latest edition of their top-level "Marte" has an anti-vibration cut-out on the top tube, close to the seat tube junction. The frame is constructed using the more versatile tube-to-tube method as opposed to monocoque, with the integrated aero seat pillar another outstanding feature. The bike also sports the latest Fulcrum/Campagnolo chainset.
The "Vola" is their top-of-the-range carbon offering; built entirely in-house and available as a full custom sizing option. Outstanding features of this tube-to-tube constructed beauty are the concealed gear and brake cables, integrated seat pillar and Casati's distinctive 18K gold head badge. The paint job leaves you in no doubt of its origin.
ITM saved the debut of this new Bianco bar/stem combo for the Milan Show. A CNC'd aluminium stem is mated to a carbon/alu bar. Expect to see it in the shops in time for the Giro 2008.