Dan Martin’s Colnago V2R Race Bike

Dan Martin’s Colnago V2R Race Bike


– This is the Colnago V2-R of Dan Martin of Team UAE Emirates, a really sleek looking bike and I’ve wanted to take a look at it for quite some time now. So let’s have a look at all the details. (whooshing) The frame is the Colnago V2-R and these have been around
for a couple of years now. In my opinion, it’s a
kind of halfway house between light bike and aero now, as the tube profiles do have
a Kammtail shape to them, which assists the air flow. It’s the evolution of the V1-R
and I think a racier version. Take, for instance, the headtube. It was reduced by four millimeters in order to give a more
aggressive position. It doesn’t sound a lot but
to a professional rider, that certainly is. Sticking with the headtube, it’s stiffer than the previous model too, but the overall weight of the frame has in fact remained the same at around 830 grams, which, considering the bottom bracket has been beefed up too, is impressive engineering. Oh, and the bottom bracket
is Colnago’s own patent, the threaded TF82.5. Martin has opted for a pair
of Deda 35 Superleggera carbon handlebars in a
width of 42 centimeters. And in my opinion, they’ve got a really classic look about them, despite the 35 millimeter diameter. I’m a particular fan too of the internally routed cables and the grippy, gloss-like
texture on the tops, meaning that even if you
don’t have handlebar tape all the way up to the stem, you still do get a bit of grip there. Holding those bars in position is the Deda Trentacinque alloy stem in a length of a 130 millimeters and it has the EPS junction box fitted to the underside of it. Interestingly, there is
a spacer above the stem, which is quite unusual on a pro’s bike. Moving to one of the other
contact points then, the saddle. Dan Martin and the squad
of UAE Team Emirates are sponsored by Prologo and have a huge range to choose from. Now he’s gone for the
Prologo Zero 3 Nack model, which features a cutout
section in the center as well as some carbon fiber rails. It’s mounted onto a Colnago seatpost, which is specific for
this model of frameset. On another note, the seat clamp bolt is nicely done on this frame, too. Moving downwards, the
brakes are direct-mounted to the seatstays and forks,
which, again, is different as I’m pretty sure on the V1-R, the rear brake was mounted on the underside of the chainstay and it wasn’t really optimal down there. Wheels, they come from Campagnolo and Dan Martin has chosen to use the Bora Ultra 35 millimeters, complete with ceramic ball bearings. Glued onto them are some
Vittoria Corsa tubulars in 25 millimeter width. The groupset is a Campagnolo
Super Record EPS in 12-speed, which is new for 2019 and
likely to be in the shops soon, as all of the sponsored
squads appear to be using it. Gear ratios are 11 to 29 on the cassette and the chain there, with
its carbon chainring mount, has rings of 53 and 39 fitted and the left-hand crank has
a Stages power meter on it. Cranks there in 172.5 millimeter length and screwed into the threads are a pair of Look Keo Blade Carbon pedals with a Blade release
tension of 16 newton meters. Right, let’s talk finishing touches then before we get onto the measurements. We’ve got a K-Edge mount for the computer on the handlebars and something that I initially thought was a K-Edge product turns out to actually be from Campagnolo. It’s this chain catcher mounted
onto the front derailleur. I love little add-ons like this. We’ve got Elite Custom
Race Plus bottle cages and a lovely finishing
touch is the routing of the EPS cable and brake cable into the frame at the headtube. There appears to be quite
an interesting looking little ferrule on the
end of the outer cable but I can’t just quite see enough due to the heat shrink tubing and the great job the
mechanic’s done on this bike. Oh, and finally, a little UAE sticker to mark the saddle height. Okay, measurements time. Firstly, the frame is
a size 50 centimeters and Dan Martin, he stands
at one meter 76 centimeters or roughly five foot eight inches. The center of the bottom
bracket to the top of the saddle is 75.5 centimeters and the reach from the tip of the saddle
to center of handlebars is 55.5 centimeters. And finally, the drop from
the saddle to the bars is 11 centimeters, which is probably the most common size actually among all the pros that
we do in fact measure up. The weight of the bike is 6.81 kilos, which is really impressive. It’s just ten grams over
the UCI weight limit. (buzzing)
What about the freehub? Nice. Right, I do hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the bike of Dan Martin. I think this V2-R looks beautiful but let me know what you think of it down there in the comments section below. Also, let me know which pro bike you would like us to
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