BUYER'S GUIDE: Bikes with heritage – Bike Magazine Australia

The Concept is also user-friendly compared with many other aero-road bikes. It has a standard bar and stem and easily accessible direct-mount brakes. Routing for cables is comparatively straightforward. These details likely harm the aerodynamics, but we think it’s a worthy trade-off for the non-pro.

HMMMM… ANY OTHER TRADE-OFFS?

Well, the one aero-bike asterisk it can’t avoid is weight. At 6.94kg – as tested – it’s a little heavy for a high-end racing bike (but not an aero bike), which somewhat mutes its explosiveness relative to a traditional race bike, though it still feels quick.

Also, and this might complicate your decision, the Concept is likely not even the best Colnago. Without question, that distinction goes to the C60. The only carbon frame Colnago makes in Italy, the C60 is a more traditionally envisioned bike that is executed to such a sublime level that the comfort, performance, and handling make it one of the most special bikes in the world (and a two-time Editors’ Choice winner in our American sister title Bicycling).

Even so, if you want a frame from a brand with heritage that epitomises what created that heritage, you want the Concept. (But you’ve never ridden anything like the C60.) – Matt Phillips

OR YOU COULD ALSO CONSIDER…

Pinarello Dogma F10 Team Sky edition – $15,999

In terms of modern heritage, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bike with as much pedigree as the Dogma F10 that Chris Froome rode to victories in the 2017 Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. Complete with Shimano Dura-Ace groupset and a sweet Fizik Antares saddle, this ride will make you feel like a pro. 

De Rosa Idol – $6,999

Buy a De Rosa and you’ll instantly picture yourself riding alongside the legendary Eddy Merckx as a Molteni domestique back in the 1970s. The modern Idol brings the past into the future with its stiff carbon fibre frame, Ultegra R8020 group set and Vision Metron db wheels.