Ahead of the Giro d’Italia this year, Colnago launched the TT1, an all-new time trial bike that features some seriously outside-the-box design ideas. It’s currently a prototype, so it’s not available to buy, but when it finally reaches the market it will replace the K.One.
The K.One is one of the bikes that
Tadej Pogačar ( UAE Team Emirates) used to overhaul a fast-fading Primož Roglič on La Planches des Belles Filles at the 2020 Tour de France. That time trial was a tale of two halves, with a flat opening half aboard the K.One before a quick bike change and a dart up the mountain top finish on his road bike – notably on which he’d ditched the power meter.
He also used the K.One for both of the time trials at the 2021 Tour, winning the first (stage 5) by 19 seconds.
Interestingly, as he looks to capture the yellow jersey for the third time, Pogacar will be aboard a totally new stable of bikes. This newly launched TT1 will be his weapon of choice for the two time trial stages, while elsewhere, even his road bike will be a Colnago prototype; the
officially titled Prototypewhich we suspect will eventually come to market as a replacement for the V3Rs.
Ahead of the
Grand Departurewe spent some time at the UAE Team Emirates hotel, where we spent some time with the new bike, this one belonging to Pogačar’s teammate Marc Soler.
Scroll down to check out the details of the bike.
The design of the bike centers around this line, which travels horizontally from the downtube toward the chainstays. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
To facilitate that straight line design, the bottle cage and bottle are unlike anything we’ve seen (outside of triathlon) before. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
The bottle is a specially designed shape, designed to fit into a specially designed cage that fills the gap at the bottom of the frame and creates a ridge that widens and transitions into the seatstays. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Those seat stays connect to the down tube considerably lower down than most time trial bikes, while higher up, the seat tube wraps around the tire. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Elsewhere, the fork legs are as deep as any we’ve seen on a UCI-legal bike, while the fork uses a G-clamp style attachment that sees the steerer tube positioned in front of the head tube, rather than through it, to increase the depth of this area. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Up top, like any rider concerned with time losses in time trials, Soler is using a custom molded carbon fiber cockpit. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
It is designed to work specifically with the Colnago frame, and is covered with a rubberised removable cover 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
It’s a clean-looking setup, with a lot of spacers helping Soler to find the right position. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Within the arm rests, the UAE Team Emirates bikes had foam padding across the entire length of the extensions, rather than just in the forearm cups. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Molded into the end of the extensions are rounded handles that are seemingly easier to hold, and on the underside are some Campagnolo satellite shifters. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
We were hoping they’d be wireless, but there is a wire hidden in behind, which snakes into the rear of the rounded handle, as seen here. The SRM PC8 mount is molded into the extension too. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Similar satellite shifters are molded into these new Campagnolo hydraulic disc brake levers 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
“Do not mount on hookless rims” – good job Campagnolo’s wheels come with a ‘mini hook’ then! 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
They are fitted with Pirelli P Zero Race tires. These are clincher tires, so have to be used with inner tubes. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
We checked with mechanics who confirmed that the tubes inside are the lightweight TPU inner tubes that also come from Pirelli. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Nothing but the best: All of the UAE Team Emirates team bikes are fitted with Campagnolo’s top-tier Super Record EPS groupset. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
An SRM power meter is wrapped in 56t and 44t chainrings. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
A chain keeper is also fitted, but we’d be very surprised if Soler (or anyone for that matter) will need to use their front shifter for the pan-flat stage 1 prologue in Copenhagen. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Sneaking out from behind the fork is a UCI sticker proving its compliance. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
Frame and forks need to be separately approved by the UCI, and as such, another sticker is found on the seat tube of the frame. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
The TT1’s seatpost is fitted with a strip of grippy tape from the factory, and adjustment is accessed using an angled bolt found drilled through the top tube. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
The Prologo Dimension Tri is Soler’s saddle of choice for time trials. It’s fitted with a roughened surface across the top to help riders stay planted on the saddle, rather than slip back and forth. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton
The deep seatpost provides plenty of room for fore and aft adjustment. 04.30 Image credit: Josh Croxton