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Old 10-29-07, 05:22 PM   #1
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So this was lying about my local shop...and I wanted a winter bike...







200? Colnago Dream Lux w/1" Flash carbon fork
Campy Centaur 10, pre-carbon
Chorus Ti seatpost, headset
3T Mutant stem, 110mm (need longer)
ITM 260 bars
Fizik Poggio
Open Pro rims on Centaur hubs

Thing rides like an easy chair compared to my System 6, feels like I could ride no-hands and do a dance and the bike would still hold a straight line, that said the S6 snaps through turns practically telipathically, the Colnago feels much slower turning. Can notice the lower BB. The Colnago feels much more like I'm in the bike (begs for a longer lower stem) the Cannondale much more on top of it. Dale feels like a better handling race bike, the 'nago much more of the weekend cruiser/century job (though the carbon in the dale does make a difference).
Still not sold on the Campy. Works perfectly (centaur brakes are still better than the dale carbons) but I don't like how the thumb downshifts and the index finger upshifts, seems to me that it would be more intelligent the other way round. But thats just me.
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Old 10-29-07, 05:34 PM   #2
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Not bad for a "winter bike". That paint job is crazy.
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Old 10-29-07, 05:39 PM   #3
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Still not sold on the Campy. Works perfectly (centaur brakes are still better than the dale carbons) but I don't like how the thumb downshifts and the index finger upshifts, seems to me that it would be more intelligent the other way round. But thats just me.
Give the shifting a chance. With the thumb shifter where it is, you can hook your thumb around it when sprinting in the drops and shift away. This would be much harder if you had to break the wrist to shift while sprinting.
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Old 10-29-07, 05:59 PM   #4
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Thats your winter bike? Crazy!

She's a beaut however!
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Old 10-29-07, 06:31 PM   #5
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The price was very right.
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Old 10-30-07, 08:25 AM   #7
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Still not sold on the Campy. Works perfectly (centaur brakes are still better than the dale carbons) but I don't like how the thumb downshifts and the index finger upshifts, seems to me that it would be more intelligent the other way round. But thats just me.
I've come to think about shifting as using the levers to move the chain in the desired direction, and corresponding to the motion of the lever. You do have to think about the thumbshifter as moving down and out, not just down. Thus, index finger shifters moves the chain inward, thumbshifters move the chain outward.

I'd think it would be much more difficult to keep track of it all if you run both campy and shimano, and even worse if you have a SRAM equipped bike in the mix.
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I'd think it would be much more difficult to keep track of it all if you run both campy and shimano, and even worse if you have a SRAM equipped bike in the mix.
I have both Campy and Shimano, and it's not confusing at all... It's like my hands just know which bike they're on, I don't even have to think about it...
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ride it into the ground.

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Well done!
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To me, it makes more sense than Shimano. Your finger/thumb goes the way you want your chain to go. Want the chain to go left? Shift the finger left. Want the chain to go right? Shift the thumb right.

Nice bike too!
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Oh the idea makes sense, but when I'm climbing I like to keep my hands on the hoods, even farther back if possible, which would work if the thumb button up-shifted, but instead I have to keep my hands at the brake levers, likewise when I'm in the drops I'd rather be able to down-shift with my index finger as opposed to reaching my thumb back to the middle of the shifter. Not a big deal but just my own annoyance.
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That fork is seksi.
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Old 10-30-07, 05:38 PM   #14
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Give the shifting a chance. With the thumb shifter where it is, you can hook your thumb around it when sprinting in the drops and shift away. This would be much harder if you had to break the wrist to shift while sprinting.
+1. It makes perfect logical sense to shift in the same direction that you want your chain to move IMO. Getting a jump, then getting over the gear and being able to dump down whilst in the drops and out of the saddle is useful to me at times. Campag is a beautiful thing.
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Give the shifting a chance. With the thumb shifter where it is, you can hook your thumb around it when sprinting in the drops and shift away. This would be much harder if you had to break the wrist to shift while sprinting.
This only works if your thumb can reach the shifter from the drops. Sadly, mine cannot.
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This only works if your thumb can reach the shifter from the drops. Sadly, mine cannot.
Then you either have the hands of a midget or your levers are not set up correctly on the bars. I can hook my thumb to the middle knuckle and I don't have large hands.

It would be interesting to see a picture of your bars/shifter
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Then you either have the hands of a midget or your levers are not set up correctly on the bars. I can hook my thumb to the middle knuckle and I don't have large hands.

It would be interesting to see a picture of your bars/shifter
I have small hands, courtesy of my 4'10" mom

I've tried campy on a few different friends' bikes, with no luck, so I stick with shimano. The hoods seem to fit my hands much better anyway
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Papa, The Italians Are Comming! The Italians!!!!!
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Even though I'm not a Colnago fan, I can still appreciate a nice bike.

get rid of the extra steerer and spacers, ...izza no sexy.
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Old 10-31-07, 12:54 PM   #20
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waiting to get the fit dialed a bit more before I start chopping - the fork's too pretty to screw up.
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That's an incredibly high quality winter bike!
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