All About the New Colnago V3Rs in Zwift

All About the New Colnago V3Rs in Zwift

Zwift’s newest update includes a new bike frame – the first Colnago to show up in Zwift, ever! It’s the V3Rs, which is described in the Drop Shop like this:

The V3RS represents the best of Colnago technology, and is designed to thrive in all conditions. The V3 is fast on the long climbs; in the windy plans; in the stages of Grand Tours; and perfect for a demanding Gran Fondo. It’s a great bike for all situations.

Of course, experienced Zwifters know that real-world performance doesn’t necessarily translate to Zwift performance. So at Zwift Insider we run frames and wheelsets through a battery of tests to figure out just how well they perform in Zwift’s virtual world.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Colnago V3Rs in Zwift…

The Colnago V3Rs, IRL

Aero Performance

The V3Rs is only rated 2 aero stars, and that rating is reflected in flat course performance in our tests. This frame is one of the slowest in terms of aero performance, turning in the same time as the Zwift Carbon, Specialized Allez, Cannondale Synapse, and several other frames.

The Colnago V3Rs turned in a time of 51:35 on our test course (two laps of Tempus Fugit). By comparison, the fastest frame in game (Specialized Venge S-Works) turned in a time of 51:18. (Both of these test times were done with Zwift’s stock wheelset, the 32mm carbon).

This puts the V3Rs in the 13th percentile for aero performance.

Climb Performance

Fortunately, the V3Rs performs better on climbs than it does on flats! Rated at 3 stars for weight (more stars is better), the Colnago turned in the same Alpe time as the Cervelo S5, Felt AR, and Focus Izalco Max 2020.

The Colnago V3Rs turned in an Alpe du Zwift time of 49:11. By comparison, the fastest frame in game (Specialized Tarmac Pro) turned in a time of 48:57. (Both of these test times were done with Zwift’s stock wheelset, the 32mm carbon).

This puts the V3Rs in the 58th percentile for climb performance.

Comparisons + Alternatives

The Colnago V3Rs performs almost identically to the Cannondale Synapse in game: identical flat test results and a climb test time just 1s slower.

But it’s level-locked at 18 and costs 695,800 Drops, making it hard to recommend the Colnago V3Rs in terms of performance given the other frames already available in game.

The Specialized Tarmac SL7 is nearly same price, but available at level 5. It’s a much better climber, and also more aero. Canyon’s Aeroad 2021 is 100k Drops cheaper, climbs better, and is much more aero.

Fun fact: the V3Rs uses the Campagnolo SuperRecord groupset in-game. There aren’t many Zwift bikes using this groupset – the classic Zwift Steel is one. Do you know of any others?

If you want to run virtual Campy, or are just a big Colnago fan – then pick up the V3Rs. Then again, it sounds like we’ll all be riding this frame Haute Route Watopia 2021 events this weekend. So maybe take it for a virtual spin first? 😃 

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Eric Schlange

Eric runs Zwift Insider in his spare time when he isn't on the bike or managing various business interests. He lives in Northern California with his beautiful wife, two kids and dog. Follow on Strava

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Philgrum
Philgrum
6 months ago

Performance stars are all well and good but the important question is – can I change the frame colour? 😂

Chris P
Chris P (@london_chrisp)
6 months ago

Curious how it does on gravel. Hunch is it’s the same as the rest of the roads but would be great if they met in the middle. Some good compromise bikes would be great for courses with just a bit of jungle to make bike choice from the gun a bit more strategic

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
6 months ago

Looks like Colnago didn’t pay much. 😶

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
6 months ago
Reply to  Jan Dvořák

You have to wonder at why manufacturers would pay for a bike to be in the game with relatively poor performance. I mean… im not in the market for a new high-end bike… but I am sure the power of marketing would put S-Works into my head as a top-bike, but the Colnago as not quite so good…

P Sauve
P Sauve
6 months ago
Reply to  Sherpa Dave

I suspect most people considering the purchase of a high end road bike look to the results/use in pro racing and brand name, over Zwift ratings.
In Colnago’s case, it may be as simple as making it more of a household name, so that it is on people’s radar where otherwise it wouldn’t be.

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
6 months ago
Reply to  P Sauve

I agree. But better rating (or rather performance) makes more people use it, therefore increasing the visibility of the bike/brand. That is true especially for the bikes that are at the top step performance wise (on Zwift).

Mick Such
Mick Such
6 months ago

Wonder when zwift are going to produce some Bianchi bikes with decent star rating

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
6 months ago

So it will climb better than my Zwift Carbon during the Haute Route, but not one to get to keep (unless they give it away to HR finishers). Oh well, that’s an anti-climax.

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
6 months ago

Re bikes using Campy – I just clicked over to your frame ranking article and noticed that the bike in the foreground has Campy (presumably SuperRecord). No idea what frame it is but there’s a Z on the seat tube, so maybe a Zwift Aero?

Dan Connelly
Dan Connelly
6 months ago
Reply to  Tony Lane

The Pinarello from the Giro d’Italia challenge is also Campagnolo.

AKB
AKB
6 months ago

Articles on your site suggest Cannondale Evo has the same speed climbing as the Tarmac Pro. Is that still true? Things change on Zwift so just curious.

Sherpa Dave
Sherpa Dave (@dashton)
6 months ago

I make a simple calculation for bikes… Is it better on the flat than S-Works Venge, better on hills than S-Works Tarmac or better on mixed courses than Tron…

Jason Donovan
Jason Donovan
6 months ago
Reply to  Sherpa Dave

Tron is cheating, dont forget that ^^

Kagey
Kagey
6 months ago
Reply to  Jason Donovan

Don’t say that! I’m just about to go and do one more climb of the Alpe to get it!

Trailer Park Allez
Trailer Park Allez
6 months ago
Reply to  Jason Donovan

I earned that tron…no way it’s cheating.

ShakeNBakeUK
ShakeNBakeUK (@bakeuk_2)
6 months ago

Tarmac Pro not enough to help me do the Alpe in 49:11 :DDD

CStar
CStar
6 months ago

So I’m going to be forced to use an inferior bike to my Aeroad for Haute Route?! Ah well I suppose it is the same for everyone

Temps 09
Temps 09
6 months ago
Reply to  CStar

Same here. Or the evo for the third day. At least we can choose are wheels where the most speed difference matters. So enve 3.4 for day 2 and 3 if you do not have the lightweights wheels from the alp spinner. Not sure between the 3.4 or dt Swiss for first day.

Colin C Ferguson
Colin C Ferguson
6 months ago
Reply to  Temps 09

DT swiss. Lots of flat on day one.

Dan Connelly
Dan Connelly
6 months ago
Reply to  Temps 09

I pick the DT Suisse over the 3.4’s on anything flatter than Road To Sky. Quatch Quest is no-brainer: go DT.

Jan Dvořák
Jan Dvořák
6 months ago
Reply to  Temps 09

I wouldn’t be sure about that one, since all the media pictures of the V3Rs are with the Lightweights. Could be that you are forced to ride with the LWs. Wouldn’t be bad in the end, since everyone would be riding the same thing.

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
6 months ago
Reply to  Jan Dvořák

The media shots that I have seen with riders in this year’s HR kit show the bikes all with Campag Bora wheels. While the bike may not be great, I am a newby still on the Zwift Carbon, with the Enve 3.4s, so anything would be an improvement for me on the frame, and at least I will not be at a disadvantage to anyone else for once! I am getting closer to having enough drops for the Aeroad, and am hopeful that the HR will get me there. At least it doesn’t sound like I will be wishing I… Read more »

Tony Lane
Tony Lane
6 months ago
Reply to  Jan Dvořák

Update – I rode Stage 1 this morning and we get to use our own wheels with the frame.

D. Qcw/Cadence
D. Qcw/Cadence (@darren-r-linkin)
6 months ago
Reply to  Tony Lane

How do you choose? If you have them on a bike (so Cha he now and get off my tron) they transfer? Can you change more than once (like after the climb)? Finally mountain bike frame I assume we can’t bike swap for jungle?

Renato Nardello
Renato Nardello (@renato-nardello)
6 months ago
Reply to  D. Qcw/Cadence

You cannot swap bike. The Colnago takes the last wheels you had on before the stage. You can go to the garage and change your wheelset 9and the bike color).

Michel van Dasler
Michel van Dasler
6 months ago

When the difference between a “good” bike like this colnago and a “great” bike like the tarmac pro is 14 seconds, I dare say it doesn’t matter much at all which bike to pick. 14 secs is between the ears in my book!

Ben Pitt
Ben Pitt (@benjamin_pitt)
6 months ago

Not really. 14 seconds is still 14 seconds, it’s measurable. And before you say, well it doesn’t matter. Imagine if you get dropped from a faster group because you crested the reverse hilly 2 seconds slower. That can translate to 5 mins by the end of the event.

Ben Pitt
Ben Pitt (@benjamin_pitt)
6 months ago
Reply to  Ben Pitt

Reverse KOM I mean… I need to go to sleep.

abc
abc
6 months ago

I saw a ASTANA team player widing Wilier frame in France map few months ago. Wilier frame havn’t be released. But regard to colnago v3rs, i won’t expect anything.

abc
abc
6 months ago

here mentioned fastest climb frame is tarmac pro, isn’t it already replaced by canyon aeroad 2021?

Gil_SantaMaria
Gil_SantaMaria
6 months ago

This Zwift star-based performance indication is a joke. Selecting a bike based on these stars is ridiculous. Thankfully, we have the Zwiftinsider analysis. Thank you Eric. At least, this time, they didn’t overestimate performance and then downgrade it like they did with Canyon Aeroad

M4rk0
M4rk0
6 months ago
Reply to  Gil_SantaMaria

Yeah, that star system is useless. Long overdue for an overhaul to give the user actual insight as to how well a bike or wheel performs.

Darth Vader
Darth Vader
6 months ago

another useless bike in the garage. Unless you are a Colnago super fan why on earth would you purchase this? as other have mentioned, Colgnago didn’t pay enough to get better specs

D. Qcw/Cadence
D. Qcw/Cadence (@darren-r-linkin)
6 months ago

Wait what? Their sticking me on some bike but I have to pick wheels for it? When do I do that? I have 808s, the small
enve’s (3.4), dunno just ride my tron. Level 31 abs 4 million drops. Any specific recs?

D. Qcw/Cadence
D. Qcw/Cadence (@darren-r-linkin)
6 months ago
Reply to  D. Qcw/Cadence

C’mon folks help a fastidious rider out here 🙂 1) wheel change when and mid race? 2) mountain bike swap I assume no but did anyone try?

D. Qcw/Cadence
D. Qcw/Cadence (@darren-r-linkin)
6 months ago
Reply to  D. Qcw/Cadence

Just realized I could go try now and did can change wheels bike color, all accessories just not frame itself no mountain bike switch. Eric I think enve 3.4s Vs my zipp 404 or 808 but I have 4 million drops I think ok good but any thoughts?

Temps09
Temps09 (@quatre24)
6 months ago
Reply to  Eric Schlange

Went with the dt swiss on stage one it worked well. Thinking the enve 3.4 for stage two and three. Too much time climbing compared to time spent going down and on the flat to use aero wheels.

mike w
mike w
6 months ago

Wow, what a crappy bike.

Mark P
Mark P
2 months ago
Reply to  mike w

well not necessarily – it won last years TdF and about to win 2021 – and if as me, you got it in real life, it’s pretty cool to ride the same gear on Zwift – even so it’s technically inferior

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