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    Colnago envy.

    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?

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    Don't know about the UK, but there has been a series of distributing importers to the US, changing year by year.
    so the business relationship, it would appear has been troubled.

    there are other Italian Builders. and your homeland has quite a few who will build you a very nice frameset.

    Plus, theres that Belgian guy, and his bikes, Merckx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post

    there are other Italian Builders. and your homeland has quite a few who will build you a very nice frameset.
    Thanks and yes, I know there are lots of other frame makers, but they are not called Colnago... which was sort of the point of my thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Face View Post
    One read something like: '...as long as the bike fits, the name on the frame is just vanity'.
    people who say stuff like this are what we call "haters"
    what do we know about "haters?"
    we know that "haters gonna hate"
    they are trying to imply that they are more knowledgeable than you, or that they are more "authentic" as cyclists by putting down anyone who spends money. ask them if they all ride Schwinns. they don't . they all ride Cervelos or Tarmacs or CAAD9s.

    if you believe that Colnago is the same as Schwinn so long as it fits, buy a Schwinn.
    most importantly, if the Colnago is something that makes you want to ride, that's the bike for you.

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    With several manufacturers, inclding Colnago, you are paying a premium for the name. For others you may pay a premium for their marketing campaigns. So what?

    If you can afford it and want it, then brand is as good a reason for choosing Colnago as any reason for buying any brand of bicycle.

    Are Colnagos still built in Europe? I know most brands, regardless of where their company resides, have their frames built in various "uninspired" countries.

    You will read biased viewpoints here in both directions on a variety of topics... In my opinion, read and accept what you want, and definitely ride what you want.

    If you feel better owning and riding a Colnago, it doesn't matter too much whether it is because it is a better bike, or because you like the name/heritage better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
    they are trying to imply that they are more knowledgeable than you, or that they are more "authentic" as cyclists by putting down anyone who spends money.
    Exactly what I was thinking...

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    if colnago makes you swoon, then who cares what others think about it, get it. my road bike is a bianchi. i got it because it's bianchi, and because marco pantani rode one (he was alive at the time) and because fausto rode one, and because of the color, and because it's a bianchi. were these good reasons to get a bianchi and not a trek, cannondale, or other bike? probably not, but i don't care. i love my bike. if you have the money, and you want a colnago, get one, and love your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablosnazzy View Post
    my road bike is a bianchi.
    lol... I just bought a Bianchi Infinito Athena for my wife... that's why I need the Colnago - to keep up!

    Actually, if the Colnago is anywhere near as good as the Infinito... it will be one superb ride.

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    This is an ironic thread……As a CAAD9 5 owner myself

    The owner of a local bike store recently let me ride a stunning Colnago, a Cannondale and a Giant Defy Carbon and a Giant Defy entry level road bike.

    I have only been cycling for about 20 years, but other than the major difference between the Tiagra component set on the lower level bike, all the others with the 105 set felt pretty much the same to me once I was actually riding.

    Its not like I buy a new bike every year so if the Colnago was clearly better I would have went for it.

    There was nothing to envy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Face View Post
    Actually, if the Colnago is anywhere near as good as the Infinito... it will be one superb ride.
    do you mind if I forward this quote to Bianchi?

    I think if you are loking at carbon bikes, there is little difference between them. Colnago built their reputation on a great riding and performing steel bike, just like Bianchi did. unfortunatly the industry has driven the consumer away from steel.

    I think the Colnago 'lust' or 'envy' comes from the good ole steel days. if your looking at a steel bike like the Master X Light I think you'll find some of the old spirit still left. other wise just buy another Bianchi.

    I personally always wanted one of those fancy corregated Colnagos then I stumbled across this beauty. crimped Alle tubing lots of chrome and almost all Campagnolo

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    I've lusted over some of their bikes before. They really put out some unique and beautiful frames. That alone was why I was wanting one. If you have the money, get it. If someone talks crap about it, just laugh to yourself and assume they are just envious.
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    A Master X light is a beautiful frame, no doubt about it, in form as well as function. I'd say, don't buy a Colnago for the name. Buy a beautiful bike. Colnago make beautiful bikes, it's true. But so do some independent frame makers. Take a look at these , for example. More local, custom, superb. Not much, if any, more money. Maybe better.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Hey, if you like Calnago's then get one, if any one gives a rats a$$, who cares, its not their money. I only had one person make a comment about my Italian racing bike and he didn't know beans.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Face View Post
    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.
    Sounds like you might need a history lesson...

    Colagno wasn't founded by Ernesto Colnago until 1954.
    While for example,
    Schwinn, an American bicycle manufacturer, dates back to the 1890's and has arguably had a huge influence on the history of cycling.

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