Being in the market for my first Colnago, I've been searching the Forum for relevant posts.
It seems, more than any other brand, that Colnago attracts a disproportionate number of negative, often venomous, comments - such as: 'they are nothing special'; 'you're paying for the brand'; 'if you want to waste your money...'.
One read something like: '...as long as the bike fits, the name on the frame is just vanity'.
It's as if people resent the fact that some of us have a bit of money to spend, but that we don't necessarily want the lightest bike, or the fastest bike etc., maybe just a great looking bike.
I'm relatively new to road cycling, but older and wiser friends wax lyrical about Colnago - and to me, part of the pleasure of owning a bike is that you're signing up to a sport that has a rich heritage.
Personally, the 'newer' brands (namely anything not European and therefore with little or no heritage) leave me cold, whereas just the name Colnago stirs something inside that makes me want one. Sometimes a thing doesn't have to be perfect to have spirit or beauty.
So, is it Colnago envy, or just that some of us are taken as much by the beauty of cycling as the functional?