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Eurobike 2010: Colnago debuts new C59 Italia and M10 models

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Colnago will offer just 59 of these limited edition - and utterly beautiful - C59 Italia edition machines.

Colnago will offer just 59 of these limited edition - and utterly beautiful - C59 Italia edition machines. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The rear end of the new M10 features Colnago's lates Q-Stay design.

The rear end of the new M10 features Colnago's lates Q-Stay design. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Derailleur housings plug into the frame at the down tube.

Derailleur housings plug into the frame at the down tube. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new M10 is fitted with a tapered front end.

The new M10 is fitted with a tapered front end. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Colnago will offer the new M10 in five eye-catching paint schemes plus a spartan matte black finish.

Colnago will offer the new M10 in five eye-catching paint schemes plus a spartan matte black finish. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The M10 is Colnago's latest modular monocoque model, based on the CX-1 but with even more rigidity, internal cable routing and a tapered steerer.

The M10 is Colnago's latest modular monocoque model, based on the CX-1 but with even more rigidity, internal cable routing and a tapered steerer. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Chain stays are big and tall on the new Colnago M10.

Chain stays are big and tall on the new Colnago M10. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The new M10 uses a standard threaded bottom bracket.

The new M10 uses a standard threaded bottom bracket. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The rear end of the CX-1 Evo is bonded to the monocoque front end.

The rear end of the CX-1 Evo is bonded to the monocoque front end. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The CX-1 Evo continues on with a straight steerer tube.

The CX-1 Evo continues on with a straight steerer tube. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The updated CX-1 Evo gets internal rear brake routing for 2011.

The updated CX-1 Evo gets internal rear brake routing for 2011. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Ernesto Colnago's signature is on every seat tube of the limited edition C59 Italia.

Ernesto Colnago's signature is on every seat tube of the limited edition C59 Italia. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The front derailleur wire exits the frame just below the mount.

The front derailleur wire exits the frame just below the mount. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The rear derailleur wire runs through the chain stay.

The rear derailleur wire runs through the chain stay. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Somehow we get the feeling this one is already spoken for.

Somehow we get the feeling this one is already spoken for. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The head tube lug houses a tapered carbon steerer tube.

The head tube lug houses a tapered carbon steerer tube. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The stark white paint and shimmering logo is elegant yet striking - let your legs do the talking on this one.

The stark white paint and shimmering logo is elegant yet striking - let your legs do the talking on this one. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Wiring on the limited edition C-59 Italia is fully internal with even the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 junction box being housed inside the stem.

Wiring on the limited edition C-59 Italia is fully internal with even the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 junction box being housed inside the stem. (Image credit: James Huang)
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The derailleur cables exit the frame down by the bottom bracket on the new Colnago M10.

The derailleur cables exit the frame down by the bottom bracket on the new Colnago M10. (Image credit: James Huang)

Colnago's Eurobike booth was highlighted by a limited edition of its new C59 Italia flagship, dressed in a stark pearl white finish with shimmering silver decals and accents, and limited to just 59 samples worldwide.

Interestingly, Colnago chose to outfit its premier road bike not with a Campagnolo Super Record 11 group but rather Shimano's Dura-Ace Di2 package – a move Italian devotees will lambast as practically sacrilegious but one that admittedly allows for some unique stylistic touches that aren't possible with conventional cables.

Wires are routed internally through the frame so as to not disrupt the frame's beautifully clean lines but Colnago also went to great efforts to conceal them at the front end, too, feeding the lines into the stem and also housing the group's control box inside it as well. Naturally, the rear brake is run through the top tube, too.

Aside from the matching white carbon saddle, seatpost, and integrated bar/stem, the rest of the bike is standard-issue C59 Italia, including Colnago's latest lobed and oversized main tube profiles with wall-to-wall internal ribbing, a new carbon fork with tapered steerer, and newly rectangular chain stays that Colnago claims to add stiffness relatively to the old shape. Claimed frame weight is right around 1,000g.

The M10 is Colnago's latest modular monocoque model, based on the CX-1 but with even more rigidity, internal cable routing and a tapered steerer.

Colnago also showed off its new M10, a further evolution of last year's modular monocoque CX-1 model but said to be stiffer and more responsive on account of its more heavily reinforced bottom bracket area and tapered front end. Like the C-59 Italia, claimed weight is right around 1,000g.

Finally, last year's CX-1 has also been slightly updated though pretty mildly – the rear brake line is now fed through the top tube for a cleaner look and the name has changed to CX-1 Evo.