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    Colnago frame sizing: anyone 6ft riding one?

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    just wanted to get some Colnago riders who are 6ft tall with a 33.5 inch inseam, and 34/35 inch dresss shirt sleeve legnth :-) Those are my dimensions and wanted to see if anyone close to that, what frame size in a Colnago do you ride? 'Nago sizing seemed to changed from early 1990's to now(so I can't use the current Colnago sizing charts) but I'm mostly interested in anyone riding a frame from the early to late 1990's/early 2000 or 2001. I'm only interested in frames from that time period since I love the old steel models, not the stuff they make now. I normally ride a 58 center to top/57 center to center frame with a 57 top tube but want a more upright position and a bike geometry that is tighter for moutain/hill climbing and crit racing in city streets. My bike now is a Fondriest from 1996. I'm looking to add a seocnd bike to my stable and see a lot of folks dumping their Colnago's from the 1990's to upgrade to the newer frames. Thanks for your input.

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    Sounds to me like you have all these requirements that Colnagos don't cater towards, yet you still want one.
    As this is the framebuilders' section, why not look at getting a bike made for you that DOES suit your requirements, yet still has the 'look' of those older steel Colnagos? One of the big bonuses - it won't weight 6lbs and you won't have to deal with the irony of calling something a Master Light when it's neither!
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    I'm of the same body specs and ride an '82 'Nago that's a 62, center to top of seat tube. 11 cm stem, 27" wheels. Big & comfy. My century bike when I'm not 'bent. (I just have to be careful getting off!)

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    Frame I'm riding

    Quote Originally Posted by xtc1999d
    Hello

    just wanted to get some Colnago riders who are 6ft tall with a 33.5 inch inseam, and 34/35 inch dresss shirt sleeve legnth :-) Those are my dimensions and wanted to see if anyone close to that, what frame size in a Colnago do you ride? 'Nago sizing seemed to changed from early 1990's to now(so I can't use the current Colnago sizing charts) but I'm mostly interested in anyone riding a frame from the early to late 1990's/early 2000 or 2001. I'm only interested in frames from that time period since I love the old steel models, not the stuff they make now. I normally ride a 58 center to top/57 center to center frame with a 57 top tube but want a more upright position and a bike geometry that is tighter for moutain/hill climbing and crit racing in city streets. My bike now is a Fondriest from 1996. I'm looking to add a seocnd bike to my stable and see a lot of folks dumping their Colnago's from the 1990's to upgrade to the newer frames. Thanks for your input.
    Interestingly, I'm also six feet tall, wear a 17 34/35 shirt and I have a 33.5 inseam. Right now, I ride a 52cm (c - T) Super Vitus Peugeot outfitted with a 120mm stem and a seat post that has my seat about 3.75 inches higher than the handlebar. I have had larger frames in my time, but, boy, this set-up is fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RK1963
    Interestingly, I'm also six feet tall, wear a 17 34/35 shirt and I have a 33.5 inseam. Right now, I ride a 52cm (c - T) Super Vitus Peugeot outfitted with a 120mm stem and a seat post that has my seat about 3.75 inches higher than the handlebar. I have had larger frames in my time, but, boy, this set-up is fast.
    Really, good grief!. I'm 6', maybe 6'1 at a push, currently riding a 57 c-c and I'm of the feeling that it's a bit small and I probably need a 59/60 c-c. How is a 52 c-t frame comfortable for a man of your size, Is it comfortable at all for anything over a couple of miles?. I don't mean it to sound like some kind of challenge, but this just defies belief for me.

    Also, how is a smaller frame markedly faster for said person than a larger(assuming they both fit well).

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlyselassie
    Really, good grief!. I'm 6', maybe 6'1 at a push, currently riding a 57 c-c and I'm of the feeling that it's a bit small and I probably need a 59/60 c-c. How is a 52 c-t frame comfortable for a man of your size, Is it comfortable at all for anything over a couple of miles?. I don't mean it to sound like some kind of challenge, but this just defies belief for me.

    Also, how is a smaller frame markedly faster for said person than a larger(assuming they both fit well).
    I have had larger frames in the past---the largest being 60cm. However, I like this aerodynamic position. My seat is about 3 3/4 inches higher than the saddle and, the wheelbase for this frame is pretty wide--wider than my 55 cm bianchi. Its faster for 2 reasons: because it's lighter---less steel than, say a 57cm would entail and, there is less wind resistance due to my flatter positioning over the bike.

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