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A gem of a bike, but is this diamond-adorned Colnago worth £100,000? Plus the rest of the week’s tech news from Canyon, Trek, Santini, Campagnolo, and loads more

Find out about loads of new summer clothing, more evidence that Campagnolo Super Record is going wireless, and the bike brand that’s slashing its prices

We have a packed edition of Tech of the Week for you, including clothing from Santini and Le Col, new lightweight saddles from Fizik, and a Kickstarter project for LED-enhanced pedals, but we’re kicking off with Colnago’s blingest – and most expensive – bike ever…

Is a diamond-adorned Colnago worth £100,000?

A Colnago Gioiello road bike decorated in gold leaf and featuring a diamond at the top of the fork steerer has sold for nearly £108,000 at auction, making it the most expensive Colnago ever sold. We’ve all spent too much money on bikes in the past, but 100 grand? That's going to stand out on the credit card statement.

2023 Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 - 4

We first told you about the Colnago Gioiello (‘jewel’ in English) bikes a couple of weeks ago. Just 50 numbered bikes were made, based on the existing C68 frame, to mark the start of the 2023 Giro d’Italia.

> Check out the limited edition Colnago Gioiello – decorated in real gold leaf 

The Gioiellos are all decorated in real gold leaf and a paint pattern based on Colnago’s ace of clubs logo.

“For the realisation of this bike, based on the C68 frame, a goldsmith’s technique of applying gold leaf was used,” says Colnago. “Partners were involved in the creation of dedicated components, working alongside Colnago’s designers on special decorations, such as the Colnago pattern or the bottle cage inspired by the shapes of the Trofeo Senza Fine, the iconic symbol of the Giro d’Italia.”

2023 Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 - 3

Colnago has gone big on detail here. Aside from the ultra-posh frameset, the Gioiello comes with handlebar end caps and through-axle caps with a gold leaf finish, gold CeramicSpeed OSPW 3D-printed titanium rear derailleur pulleys, gold spokes in the Enve SES 3.4 wheels… You get the idea: a lot of gold.

Built up with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset – not Campagnolo as you'd have expected – the Colnago Gioiello is priced at €22,000, which is around £19,300.

You might have thought that’s plenty to spend on a bike but Colnago held back the Gioiello Numero 1 – numbered 1/50 – and tarted it up even further.

2023 Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 - 1

“For the Colnago Gioiello Numero 1, in addition to these already special measures, we collaborated with a jewellery workshop, creating a real jewel to be embedded in the bike,” says Colnago. 

2023 Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 - 2

The brand worked with goldsmith Simonetta Moretto to create a section of the headset cap made from 18ct gold that serves as a seat for a diamond. The diamond in question is round, brilliant cut, and 2.03 carat.

The gold part was then laser engraved with the Colnago logo before being added to the rest of the anodised aluminium cap.

2023 Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 - 6

Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 was auctioned at the Geneva Luxury Week, an event organised by Sotheby’s, where it sold for 120,650 Swiss francs – about £107,500.

Well, that all seems very reasonable, doesn't it? 

Find out more here 

Canyon introduces bike tracking on all-new mobile app

Canyon has unveiled a new app that’s at the heart of an anti-theft GPS bike-tracking system introduced with its updated Spectral:ON e-mountain bike this week. It offers features for other Canyon users too

> Canyon's Spectral:ON gets fresh tweaks for 2023 

2023 Canyon app - 1

The most exciting feature is the bike tracking. You can pair the app with selected Canyon models, starting with the new Spectral:ON, to track the bike’s location if it gets stolen. The capability will be extended to other e-bikes next.

Beyond that, the app provides things like setup videos for your Canyon bike(s) and maintenance guides. The ability to buy bike insurance will be added later this month and Canyon promises more new features later.

The Canyon app is free and available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Find out more here 

Trek introduces new Project One Icon paint option

Trek has added a new paint option to its Project One bike customisation scheme.

2023 Trek Project One Icon Disrupt Madone - 2

It’s called Disrupt and it “blends lines into light trail-like details that give a nod to the chaotic blur of the peloton racing by”, according to Trek

2023 Trek Project One Icon Disrupt Madone - 1

It’s available only on Trek’s Madone road bike. Icon paint jobs aren't cheap, adding £1,650 to the price.

Find out more here 

Santini’s Tour De France kits now in stock

You can now get your hands on Santini’s limited edition 2023 Tour de France stage kits, as well as the brand’s Maillot Jaune collection.

2023 Santini Maillot Jaune Allez Jersey (1)

This includes an Allez Jersey (£140) which is said to “replicate exactly the cut and trims of the Tour de France leader's jersey”. It’s made from recycled PET and waste yarns.

2023 Santin Maillot Jaune Espirit Jersey (1)

The Esprit Climber Jersey (£100) is designed to be lightweight and breathable and comes in a slim performance fit.

The range is extensive, covering everything from shorts to a rain jacket

Find out more here 

Wireless Campagnolo Super Record WRL pops up on the internet… kind of

If there were any doubt that Campagnolo is about to launch a wireless version of its top-level Super Record groupset – and there isn’t – a Google search quickly dispels it.

> Exclusive! Campagnolo is definitely going wireless and ditching thumb levers… and these pictures prove it 

2023 Corratec-Campagnolo Super Record WRL - 1

Check out this listing for the CCT EVO Factory SR road bike on Corratec’s website, for example, that describes the derailleurs and shifters as ‘Campagnolo Super Record Wireless’.

The chainset is given as Super Record ProT. That could be short for ProTech, the bottom bracket tech that Campag already uses for its Ekar gravel groupset.

The cassette is described as 12-speed and 10-29t. Interesting. Super Record groupsets currently start with an 11t sprocket although Ekar uses 9t, so it looks like Campag is splitting the difference here.

The pics on Corratec’s site show a bike built up with existing SRAM Red so we’ll need to wait a little longer to see exactly what the derailleurs look like, although patent applications we’ve shared in the past give us a good indication.

> New Campagnolo patent applications reveal wireless derailleurs

We’d say that a Campagnolo Super Record WRL launch isn't so much around the corner as walking up the garden path and about to knock on the door. 

Fizik unveils new Antares saddle range

Fizik has updated its Antares saddle range, including four new models that are each available in two widths.

2023 Fizik Vento Antares 00 saddle - 1

“Utilising a versatile, low-profile design, wider nose and central cut-out, the range eliminates pressure hotspots, enabling easier movement around the saddle for improved comfort,” says Fizik.

“The wider nose allows the rider to adopt multiple positions and the low profile design enables more connection through the saddle, optimising power transfer and pedalling efficiency. The updated model also offers a central cut out eliminating pressure hotspots and facilitating blood flow, even when tucked into an aero riding position.”

> Check out the best bike saddles 2023

The Vento Antares 00 model (above) is the lightest option in the range, Fizik claiming just 118g for the 140mm-wide version and 124g for the 150mm model. This one comes with a full-carbon shell and rails, and injected EVA padding.

The more affordable saddles in the range use double-density foam padding.

2023 Fizik Vento Antares R1 saddle underside - 1

The Antares R1 (£179.99, above) comes with a carbon-reinforced nylon shell and carbon rails while the Antares R3 (£144.99) and the Antares R5 (£104.99) use Fizik’s Kium (titanium alloy) hollow rails and S-Alloy rails, respectively.

Find out more here 

Extar bike light pedals include flashing turn indicators

Extar pedals, which feature LEDs designed to help you get noticed at night plus bright yellow turn indicators, have smashed their Kickstarter crowdfunding target in next to no time.

2023 Extar pedals - 1 (1)

Pedals featuring LEDs aren’t entirely new. We reviewed Redshift’s Arclight bike pedals here on road.cc last year, for example, and we also used Look’s Geo City Grip Vision pedals in 2021. 

Like Redshift’s Arclight pedals, the Extars are flat and automatically show white light at the front and red at the back, regardless of which way up they are at the time.

The pedals can also operate as yellow turn indicators that you control via a button on your handlebar. What do you think about that idea? We certainly wouldn't be relying on it before swinging out into traffic although as an addition to normal indicating... maybe.

2023 Extar pedals - 2

The Extar pedals are IP65 rated, meaning dust can’t get in and they can stand up to water spray, and promise a battery life of up to 30 hours in flashing mode. You can have them shine steadily if you prefer. They recharge in four hours via USB-C.

You need to pledge at least $79 (around £64) to be in line for a pair of Extar Smart LED Bike Light Pedals with delivery expected in August 2023. That’s considerably less than Redshift’s Arclight pedals although, as we always point out, pledging money on a crowdfunding site is not the same as buying through a retailer.

Find out more here

New Le Col x Sir Bradley Wiggins collection drops

British bike clothing brand Le Col has teamed up with Sir Bradley Wiggins – Wiggo to his friends – for a fifth year with a new summer collection.

“With previous collections paying homage to the heroes of the sport, along with Wiggins’ own impressive palmares, this time the Olympic and Tour de France legend offers up a snapshot of where it all began,” says Le Col. “The minimal design is inspired by the curves of the velodromes which bookended his illustrious career.”

There are two jerseys in the collection – each available in black and navy.

2023 Le Col x Wiggins collection Pro Aero jersey - 1

The Pro Aero Jersey (£160) comes in an aero race fit and is said to use “strategically placed fabrics over the sleeves and front… to trip the air and reduce drag.” 

2023 Le Col x Wiggins collection Sport jersey - 1

The Sport Jersey (£105) is designed as more of an allrounder in a less compressive fit. 

The collection also includes a cap (£22) and socks (£17)

Find out more here 

Vaude introduces Aqua Box Light handlebar bag for bike-packing and commuting

Vaude has released an Aqua Box Light handlebar bag that’s designed for everything from commuting to bike-packing. It has welded waterproof seams.

2023 Vaude Aqua Box Light - 1

“The power straps ensure super-fast and easy attachment to your bars, and the added shoulder strap allows for easy carry when you’re not on the bike,” says Vaude. “In addition, the roll closure is fast and simple to use and completely watertight – so your gear is sure to stay dry whatever the weather.”

The Aqua Box Light measures 15cm x 26cm x 14cm, has a four-litre capacity, and weighs 170g. It features a reflective logo for better visibility.

2023 Vaude Aqua Box Light - 2

Like other bags in the Aqua collection, it is made with Econyl, described as “an infinitely recyclable nylon”.

The Vaude Aqua Box Light is priced at £55.

Find out more here 

Lauf Cycles cuts prices after opening US assembly plant

Iceland’s gravel-focused Lauf Cycles has opened an assembly plant in Virginia, USA, and says that streamlining its operations has allowed it to reduce prices.

Lauf Seigla Weekend Warrior Wireless

“Our HQ remains in Reykjavik, but all bikes go out of Harrisonburg, Virginia, from now on,” says Lauf. “This is the most efficient setup for us as the US is our biggest market.”

> Check out off.road.cc's Lauf Seigla Weekend Warrior Wireless review 

The Lauf Seigla Weekend Warrior Wireless gravel bike that was originally $3,990 (around £3,210), for example, is now $3,490 (around £2,810) – a saving of $500 (around £400), or 12.5%.

Lauf sells direct to consumers. Shipping to the UK is $99 (around £80).

Find out more here 

In case you missed it earlier in the week…

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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henryb | 10 months ago
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I can't believe there's no analysis on the article of the weight penalty of adding all that gold to your bike...

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hawkinspeter replied to henryb | 10 months ago
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henryb wrote:

I can't believe there's no analysis on the article of the weight penalty of adding all that gold to your bike...

Gold leaf is so very thin (due to malleability of gold) that I doubt that covering a frame would add more than 1-2g

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chrisonabike replied to hawkinspeter | 10 months ago
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Malleable? So it's vertically compliant - but is it laterally stiff? Coming next - following the recent Coronation we impact-test a range of crowns.

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hawkinspeter replied to chrisonabike | 10 months ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

Malleable? So it's vertically compliant - but is it laterally stiff? Coming next - following the recent Coronation we impact-test a range of crowns.

Where do I sign up for the testing protocol?

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chrisonabike replied to hawkinspeter | 10 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

Where do I sign up for the testing protocol?

Try pulling on any protruding sword hilts you see around rocky areas, or hanging out beside lakes.

I think such head protection should come with warning labels though that it doesn't protect against impacts to the neck, particularly from sharp edges.

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capedcrusader | 10 months ago
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Yup that Colnago is gold for a reason, that's the colour it's target market likes, and they also like bejewelled objects. As for the $100,000, that's spare change for the target market which numbers in the thousands in this particular region of the world. 

Will they be ridden, not so much, so in a few years time you'll probably be able to pick one up for a song. Or given how one guy I knew used to just abandon his motor if there was anything wrong with it, and then proceed to either buy a new one or use his other one, you might find one with a flat tyre on the side of the road. 

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wtjs | 10 months ago
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Cycling doesn't have to be expensive or complicated

I'm repeating what I have written before, but my Vitus Substance steel 'gravel bike' of October 2019 has proved to be the most versatile and useful bike I have ever had with fantastic TRP Spyre cable discs (I had never used a disc brake before) and brilliant Sora 9-speed- admittedly I had a crap rear wheel, but it was taking some stress with a trailer. I did the Pennine Bridleway and multiple camping trips to the Lakes. The chainrings and cassette lasted until now, through 5 chains rotated systematically- although I had forgotten how good Sora shifting is before the rings, cables etc. were renewed. No chain snapped. The bike was £650! I'm hoping to keep the new rings and cassette through 6 chains.

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espressodan | 10 months ago
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The increasing luxurification of cycling is gross and makes me sick.

Ride, sweat, smile, have coffee, smile, repeat.

What does diamond steerer caps, or frankly £300 jerseys have to do with any of that.

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Sredlums replied to espressodan | 10 months ago
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Exactly. And I can't stand the 'Well, if you can afford it, why not' way of thinking.
Because while they spend 300 pound on a good for nothing super de luxe derailleur cage there's kids going to school without breakfast or lunch. Yes, it's everybody's right to spend their money as they want, but it is my right to find it stupid and despicable.

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ErnieC replied to Sredlums | 10 months ago
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Sredlums wrote:

Exactly. And I can't stand the 'Well, if you can afford it, why not' way of thinking.
Because while they spend 300 pound on a good for nothing super de luxe derailleur cage there's kids going to school without breakfast or lunch. Yes, it's everybody's right to spend their money as they want, but it is my right to find it stupid and despicable.

need some sauce?

 

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Sredlums replied to ErnieC | 10 months ago
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No, I need some humanity.

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espressodan replied to Sredlums | 10 months ago
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Exactly. And I can't stand the 'Well, if you can afford it, why not' way of thinking.

Also because I think at the moment quite a lot of the price rises were seeing have nothing to do with "supply chain disruption" any more. They're because the bike industry has seen a profit margin it likes and kicked the marketing machining into gear. I've got no problem getting parts from AliExpress, while my LBS can't get brake pads. I don't think it's supply chain, I think it's priorities and margins.

And in the long term, it'll kill the sport because the barrier to entry will just become insurmountable. We'll be a bunch of elitist dudes riding luxury items.

Honestly, at the moment I hope for Sensah, Ltwoo, Winspace and Elite to save us all.

I've got literally zero interest in what the major manufacturers are doing at the high end, and companies like AbsoluteBlack and Rapha can go do one.

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Sredlums replied to espressodan | 10 months ago
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That's why I chose a MicroShift Advent derailleur, cassette and shifter. Works perfectly fine, is super robust, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. And my bike is the mountainbike that I bought in 1994, and that has served me superbly well ever since. Cycling doesn't have to be expensive or complicated.

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Paul J replied to espressodan | 10 months ago
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The increasing luxurification of cycling is gross and makes me sick.

Colnago has been doing special edition bikes, with ostentatious detailing, for a long time. Ernesto himself presented a gold-plated Mexico to Pope JPII in '79 or so. A bit more affordable, but still ostentatious, was the Arabasque special edition in the 80s with decorative lugs and gold (not sure if real) highlighting of the embossed Colnago logos (re-released a few years ago, when they discovered an old box of those lugs).

It is a bit silly, but it's not a new thing as such.

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frankly £300 jerseys have to do with any of that.

Racers have had custom (and very expensive for the day) jerseys, in wool or silk, made up for them for a long now.

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Sredlums | 11 months ago
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I don't care if that diamond-adorned Colnago is 'worth' £100,000.
It should be shunned for what it is: a decadent, 'look at me I'm rich and f*ck all of you' excuse of a bike. I hope the person who buys it forgot he put it on his roof rack when he drives in to his garage.

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adamrice | 11 months ago
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There was (is? Their website hasn't been updated since the 90s) a custom framebuilder, Columbine, that would embed gemstones in their bikes. They're beautiful, but I can't imagine riding one. And bikes are for riding.

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Ride On | 11 months ago
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You cant buy good taste.

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Mungecrundle | 11 months ago
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All very nice that numero uno Colnago, but how many watts at 25mph are the gold leaf and diamonds going to give you, how many % more lateral stiffness and vertical compliance will it benefit from and can you fit mudguards?

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IanEdward | 11 months ago
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I'm still looking for my perfect saddle with the shape of a Fizik Antares when looking from the top, but the 'wave' of a Specialized Power when looking from the side.

It seems you can have good hamstring clearance OR good pelvis support, but not both 🙄

Have an SMP on loan to try but still trying to get over the aesthetics 😂

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lukebarog replied to IanEdward | 11 months ago
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Prologo Scratch M5 might fit the bill

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Xenophon2 replied to IanEdward | 11 months ago
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I'm riding an SMP Dynamic (which seems to have changed names now) and am reasonably happy with it. True, that dipping beak does nothing for the looks.

Best saddle I ever owned was a Berthoud 'Galibier'.  But it's leather and didn't take kindly to rain + it took over 1500 km to ride in.  Got nicked along with the bike it as mounted on.  Still hesitating to purchase one again though.  Saddles are tough, you don't want to know the money I threw away before finding one I was happy with.

 

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