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Colnago V4Rs first-ride review: A bike perhaps best left to the professionals

Colnago V4Rs first-ride review: A bike perhaps best left to the professionals

The new Colnago V4Rs hasn’t exactly been the best-kept secret in the world. In fact, the prototype precursor, dubbed the Prototipo, had what amounted to an unofficial launch. Both the old model and the prototype have what would be respectable palmares for any bike, with the former clocking up multiple victories at grand tours and Monuments, and the latter podiuming at the Tour and picking up Il Lombardia too. It’s hard to dispute that, on paper at least, it’s one of the best road bikes on the market. You’d certainly hope that’s the case given it has a price tag north of €15,000 in the UAE Team Emirates spec model I got to ride during the launch…

While I only got to ride it on the launch day for around 85km, we did pack in a lot of elevation, including ascending the Coll de Rates twice, once from each side. Plus I managed to sneak an extra 50km in the following day by using it as what may be the world’s most expensive commuter bike to go and photograph some WorldTour bikes from other teams that were having their winter training camps in Spain. This is very much a first-ride review, but all being well, I hope to have the bike back early in the new year to put it through its paces in a more familiar setting. 

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