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It’s been five years since the release of the V1-R, which was followed up with the V2-R, the latter only undergoing small changes and updates. Although the latest model takes experience and inspiration from those before, it has been completely redesigned to be the final stage in the V-series project.
The priority with the V3Rs was to meet the needs of modern riders looking for a performance road bike and to keep up-to-date with recent competitor developments. It's a bike that's packed with innovation yet retains the strong heritage of the brand. The frameset is optimized for wider tires and you have a choice of disc or rim brake models, the former of which has incredibly clean aesthetics with fully integrated cables. Not only the lightest frameset Colnago has ever produced, the V3Rs also features aerodynamic, drag-reducing details.
As mentioned before, quite a lot has changed. Not least of which is the grade of carbon fiber used for the bikes’ monocoque construction. Not only does this far higher grade result in a frame weight of just 790 grams (raw, disc, size 50s), it also means a claimed 12% and 6% improvement in rigidity in the rear triangle and head tube area respectively, and more vertical compliance compared to the V2-R.
The fork is lighter (cut weight around 340 grams), and the shape completely new – longer, with a concave upper. It brings comfort and lateral rigidity, plus space for 30mm tires – you could possibly even stretch to 32mm – making your ride even more comfortable.
The rim brake version utilizes a standard fork and stem and is designed for direct mount brakes. However, if you opt for a disc brake model you’ll benefit from the TFS Integrated Fork System. Cables run completely internally through the underside of an SR9 stem and then through the fork steerer. Not only clean and sleek in its aesthetics, the system also improves usability and the hidden cables provide a large additional aerodynamic advantage.
The headset design has been borrowed from that of the C64, and both the upper and lower cups are composed of carbon fiber, resulting in improved absorption of road buzz and shaving a few extra grams off.
One of the main areas of focus was the seatpost clamp, with the aim of reducing weight and providing a more modulated clamping force. Taking ideas from both the V2-R and the C64 systems, the new design is smaller than both and an upper pull clamp with no fixed wedge adds a wider range of operation. Aside from this change, the seatpost of the V2-R has been replaced with the D-shaped post that's found on the C64.
A shorter head tube is married with a longer fork, and the bottom bracket is 2-3mm lower across the range of sizes. This new geometry optimizes the use of wider tires for improved stability and it's on the racier side, in-line with its intended use.