Hey guys, I have a few questions about a 57cm Colnago Super I might be buying.
If you could help me pin down some details on this frame and it's valuation, I would be most grateful.
I want to make sure this is what I want before I get it.
What I want:
- A high quality criterium geometry frameset that handles exquisitely and can corner very well and has good feedback.
- Something that, once dialed in, I will own and use aggressively until I need a walker.
- In my experience, the more aggressive the geometry, the better. I favor bikes that have a lot of turn in, it seems.
The guy wants ~$500
My hesitations are:
- I don't know a whole lot about Colnagos so I am not sure exactly what I am looking at: A Super is one step down from Mexico, right?
- I'm not certain of the geometry and whether it meets my needs.
- This Super was definitely a parts bin build.
Here's what it has on it right now, component-wise:
- wheelset is an early Shimano 105 freewheel hub set laced to semi-aero Matrix (Trek?) brand rims.
- freewheel is a Sachs 7 speed
- has Campy friction DT shifters (older, the kind that you have to tighten every ride).
- rear derailleur is Campy. No markings on it, but I'm thinking Athena (wasn't there an early version?) The pulley cage has a streamlined aero design similar to the Dura Ace AX RD. Wouldn't that make it around an '82?
- The crank set and BB are Campy Chorus, I believe 9 speed era. The BB is a cartridge type which appears to have square taper, but it might be ISIS. Not sure.
- The FD looks to be contemporary with the frame. It kind of looks like a 980 or something nicer from that era.
- the brakes are single pivot Dia-Compe Royal Compe II (I think that's what they are called...)
- The brake levers are much newer Dia-Compe aero levers. I daresay, cheap replacements.
- bar is a Cinelli 64-42 and stem is a Cinelli quill stem
- the headset seems to be a more modern Campagnolo threaded headset. Has a sleek, high tech look that reminds me of the Stronglight A9 a bit. I'm thinking Chorus(?)
- the seatpost is a Dura Ace 7400 era with a fluted shaft. The flutes are painted in a few different colors
- pedals are early Look compatible Shimano 105
- Avocet saddle
- the frame looks like this one:
- same color
- same seat lug attatchment, except there's no logo on the seat stay caps
- same top tube brake cable bosses
- fork had a painted crown
- I think the geometry on the one I looked at was steeper than the one pictured, (maybe it's an illusion?)
So... what do you guys think?