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Old 08-01-16, 05:18 AM
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Anyone have $120,000 they're not using?

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Old 08-01-16, 07:32 AM
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pass the eye bleach...!

that frame is beyond hideous.

$120K...? please, put down the crack pipe...
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I think this was Colnago's first carbon monocoque frame that came out in 1989. Pretty high tech for back then. But probably, heavy and out of date for today. Price does seem over the top. But if there are not many made, then it could be difficult to get if you really wanted it. Would be curious as to how many of these were made.

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Fork's bent. Also, those tires don't look rideable.
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That hunk of wall art is at twice as expensive as every piece of wall/shelf art I've got in my house right now and all the bikes
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Still very very expensive but a much nicer bike:
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Just thinking out loud - what will they do better for that $450 shipping cost above and beyond the normal price it should be? Maybe the extra is to insure such a large amount. That must be it.
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It's only gold plated, not solid, price not warranted. Eye candy only, not practical in the least.
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Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
Just thinking out loud - what will they do better for that $450 shipping cost above and beyond the normal price it should be? Maybe the extra is to insure such a large amount. That must be it.
Just thinking out loud: it takes some large ones to ask for additional shipping on top of a $120k price tag. Heck, the auto makers don't even do that

I'll disagree with the rest of you, though, it has very nice aesthetics to my eyes! The price is undoubtedly paying for its history, though, not its true value.
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Old 08-01-16, 12:56 PM
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Oh right, good point. I knew there was a reason I should be angry somewhere in there.


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Just thinking out loud: it takes some large ones to ask for additional shipping on top of a $120k price tag. Heck, the auto makers don't even do that :eek .
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Old 08-01-16, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
That hunk of wall art is at twice as expensive as every piece of wall/shelf art I've got in my house right now and all the bikes
I paid less for the house I'm living in!!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
I paid less for the house I'm living in!!
Damn, I hadn't thought about that. Definitely way more expensive than any house I grew up in. My parents actually paid less than that for their house ~3 blocks from the Gulf of Mexico! Really puts a purchase like this into perspective... OR it expresses the type of person who'd have the money to throw at it.
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Pfffft. The plating is flaking off of the front hub. I wouldn't give 'em more than ninety K.
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I knew a guy with a bike shop in Novato (north of SF) who had a jeweler friend. He had one of the ubiquitous Campy small parts box that one associated with a "quality" shop back in the day. He sent out a bunch of barrel adjusters, screws, springs, etc. to his buddy to have them gold plated for maybe $40 total, then sold them for 4-5X the "standard" price. He had a hard time keeping them in stock.

But there was some rational for having some parts gold plated, since they wouldn't corrode no matter what the riding conditions were, and would remain adjustable for years on end.

I'm following @southpawboston 's lead, using gold plated mini-banana plugs for all of my electrical connectors wherever possible. Under $5 for 10 pairs.
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Are those straight gauge spokes on a $120K bike?

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Fork's bent. Also, those tires don't look rideable.
Tires appear to be old sewups. Air them up and they may be just fine. Or replace for modern tubulars.

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Just thinking out loud - what will they do better for that $450 shipping cost above and beyond the normal price it should be? Maybe the extra is to insure such a large amount. That must be it.
Many bikes/frames I've received for less than $100 shipping cost have come with damage.

For a $120K bike, the slightest scratch would be unacceptable. I'd expect wheels to be removed and shipped separately.

Then everything else needs to be bubble wrapped, then shipped in a huge box with lots of packing popcorn. I could imagine shipping the bike to arrive without any damage could be expensive. Plus, the insurance???

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that frame is beyond hideous.
I think it looks nice. And, it makes me think the C40 and C50 frames were a step backward (although with a bit more classic lines).

But, unfortunately the bike isn't really configured to be ridden, putting in the category of display only. Maybe a bike shop will snag it. Is the gold plating deteriorating?

Do you think the seller would accept an offer of $1000?
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I knew a guy with a bike shop in Novato (north of SF) who had a jeweler friend. He had one of the ubiquitous Campy small parts box that one associated with a "quality" shop back in the day. He sent out a bunch of barrel adjusters, screws, springs, etc. to his buddy to have them gold plated for maybe $40 total, then sold them for 4-5X the "standard" price. He had a hard time keeping them in stock.

But there was some rational for having some parts gold plated, since they wouldn't corrode no matter what the riding conditions were, and would remain adjustable for years on end.

I'm following @southpawboston 's lead, using gold plated mini-banana plugs for all of my electrical connectors wherever possible. Under $5 for 10 pairs.
I still have a pair of gold plated Campy Crank dust covers on my Falcon, received as a gift 35 or 40 years ago. I think chainring bolts, seat post bolts and maybe NR derailleur pivot bolts were also available.
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The gold plating on the hubs and stem just doesn't look flawless to me. It could be a photography artifact, but I'm wondering if it is thin plate and actually not in good condition.
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Originally Posted by FullGas View Post
$120K...? please, put down the crack pipe...
I second that quote.

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Notice the bike with Bartali is not the same as the one in the ad? The saddle is different, the brake levers are different, the tires are different and the cables are different. I am not convinced they are the same size, but it could be camera angle that distorts the size.

So unless there is providence, it is just another gold plated bike that has been done a multitude of times.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
I second that quote.

Notice the bike with Bartali is not the same as the one in the ad? The saddle is different, the brake levers are different, the tires are different and the cables are different. I am not convinced they are the same size, but it could be camera angle that distorts the size.

So unless there is providence, it is just another gold plated bike that has been done a multitude of times.
The description says it's "one of the few replicas of the gift bike For Bartali's career".
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The description says it's "one of the few replicas of the gift bike For Bartali's career".
Thanks for pointing that out. I didn't read the description but don't you think the title is misleading?
"LUXURY Ernesto Colnago Gift for Gino Bartali 24K GOLD CAMPAGNOLO CRECORD DELTA"
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I wonder if there is a bike worth 120,000...maybe a never ridden bike built by the wright brothers?

I'd offer that guy 120,000...assuming the downtube was stuffed with 117,500 or so. He rejected my offer of $1100.
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I used to like Colnagos,....... till the mid 80's when they turned into over pimped out, boutique bikes...... And this one takes the cake!
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Many bikes/frames I've received for less than $100 shipping cost have come with damage.

that sucks you've had crappy shippers. It shouldn't cost $450 to ship a bike without damage.
But maybe they plan to ship it in a wooden crate.

My guess is it still shows up thrown inside a reused bike box with zero protection. Ha
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Are those straight gauge spokes on a $120K bike?


Tires appear to be old sewups. Air them up and they may be just fine. Or replace for modern tubulars.



Many bikes/frames I've received for less than $100 shipping cost have come with damage.

For a $120K bike, the slightest scratch would be unacceptable. I'd expect wheels to be removed and shipped separately.

Then everything else needs to be bubble wrapped, then shipped in a huge box with lots of packing popcorn. I could imagine shipping the bike to arrive without any damage could be expensive. Plus, the insurance???



I think it looks nice. And, it makes me think the C40 and C50 frames were a step backward (although with a bit more classic lines).

But, unfortunately the bike isn't really configured to be ridden, putting in the category of display only. Maybe a bike shop will snag it. Is the gold plating deteriorating?

Do you think the seller would accept an offer of $1000?
It better be shipped in a wooden crate AFAIC.
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