Pro bike: Jolien D'hoore's Colnago V1-r

Colnago's first aero bike helped Wiggle Honda rider to best ever road season

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

At the start of 2015, Belgian Jolien D'Hoore cited her Colnago V1-r as one of the things she was most excited about in her first season with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, and given the stellar year she's had it seems her enthusiasm for her new bike was well placed.

Her biggest results include first overall and the green jersey at the BeNe Ladies Tour, victories at one-day races Omloop van het Hageland, Ronde van Drenthe, the Flanders Diamond Tour, and the Open de Suède Vårgårda, and stage wins at the Holland Ladies Tour and the Women's Tour, as well as a successful defence of her Belgian National Road Race title.

Considered one of the best sprinters and most exciting young riders in the women's pro peloton, the Belgian Bullet will ride for Wiggle Honda again in 2016.

We got a close look at her bike at this year's La Course by Tour de France where she came second – although having crashed during the race it’s not the bike she actually finished it on…

Featherweight frame

A joint venture with that other iconic Italian brand Ferrari, the V1-r is the lightest frame Colnago has ever made, with D'Hoore's size 48 weighing a meagre 835g.

All carbon monocoque, the main tubes, as well as the fork blades, have a subtle truncated Kamm tail-style profile, said to offer less wind-resistance than round tubes while providing a good balance of weight and stiffness.

Another first for Colnago is the use of direct-mount brake calipers, with the rear brake following the growing aero-bike trend of being tucked beneath the seatstays to further assist aerodynamic performance.

Italian job

The Italian influence doesn't stop at the frame, with Campagnolo components – including the lightest groupset on the market, the 11-speed Super Record EPS – a Deda stem and handlebars, and a Fizik Arione CX Carbon saddle also featuring.

At the bottom bracket the V1-r has the same unique ThreadFit82.5 shell first revealed on the Colnago C60. It's a wide BB shell that allows for the V1-r's generous down tube, seat tube and seatstay proportions.

Rounding things off at the top of the right front fork, and leaving you in no doubt as to the owner of the bike, is a Belgian Bullet decal.

The Belgium Bullet decal leaves you in no doubt as to the owner of this bike

Full Specifications


Frame: Colnago V1-r – size 48cm
Fork: Colnago V1-r, 1 1/8in to 1 1/4in tapered
Headset: Colnago tapered sealed
Stem: Deda Zero100, 130mm x -8 degrees
Handlebar: Deda Zero100, 38cm (c-c)
Tape: Fizik Superlight Soft Touch
Front brake: Colnago Direct-Mount
Rear brake: Colnago Direct-Mount
Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11, 11-27T
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11
Crankset: SRM Campagnolo 11-speed, 172.5mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo BB86 press fit cups
Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2 Ti
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two 35mm
Front tubular: Vittoria Corsa CX, 25mm
Rear tubular: Vittoria Corsa CX, 25mm
Saddle: Fizik Airone CX Carbon
Seatpost: Colnago V1-r carbon
Bottle cages: Tacx Uma Carbon (1)
Computer: SRM Power Control 7

Critical measurements

Rider's height: 1.73m (5ft 6in)
Rider's weight: 54kg (119lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 725mm
Saddle setback: 45mm
Tip of saddle to midpoint of bar: 543mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 90mm
Head tube length: 130mm
Top tube length (effective): 527mm
Total bicycle weight: 6.84kg (15.34lb), excluding SRM computer 

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