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My Colnago Neuvo Mexico got out of the house today!

Old 03-14-13, 07:23 PM
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My Colnago Neuvo Mexico got out of the house today!

Riding weather has finally started to creep in our forecast! The roads are still a mess from melted snow, sand, and a morning shower but I took the Colnago out anyway.

My initial impression is quite positive, the bike was fantastic. I on the other hand was miserable. I was slightly underdressed and my out of shape lungs burnt trying to take in the crisp air.

The ride:
The best way I can describe the ride is solid. It doesn't make road joints disappear, but it takes them firmly and confidently. In comparison, the tommasini is smoother. The tommasini is ELOS and built with a flexy alloy stem and light bars. The colnago is SL and built with a steel stem and heavier (stiffer?) bars.

Handling:
In comparison to some other bikes I've owned, this is quite nimble. This is likely a result of its shortish wheelbase and the fact that I sized down slightly. I doubt I am going to regret the choice. The bike begged me to push it harder than my lungs would allow. I expect high speed handling won't be as confident as my tommasini, but it is a different tool for a different job. (That's how we justify this stuff right?)

Climbing and sprinting:
Short sprinting bursts match above, both solid and nimble. Climbing is somewhat of an unknown. There were a few fast rollers and one short steep climb but nothing sizable.

Fit:
Spot on. Without doing research on how the geometry differs from my other bike, I think I nailed the fit right out of the gate. Sizing down resulted in a little more bar drop, but again, this was intentional. As my fitness increases, I expect to drop the stem slightly further, but for now it is where it needs to be.

Drivetrain: (record 10spd)
This isn't new to me, and unsurprisingly performance was smooth and solid. Somewhat surprisingly, it did sound noticeably quieter than the last build. Either my old deraileur hanger was bent, or I am romanticizing the experience.

Summary:
I wont miss the modern frame this replaces. Where the tommasini feels like an S class, the Colnago feels like a vintage Porsche.

Proof of use:

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Old 03-14-13, 07:55 PM
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I'd like to see some outdoor pictures of it. What is your take on the Soma bars? Would the drops work well for big hands?
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Old 03-14-13, 08:02 PM
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I'd like to see some outdoor pictures of it. What is your take on the Soma bars? Would the drops work well for big hands?
Ive got the day off tomorrow. I will grab some outdoor pictures.

My hands are large enough that I can catch a basketball in one hand and I find the bars comfortable. The drops have a smooth radius that works well in my hands. Everything from right under the hood to the end of the bar is useable.
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Awesome, man. I'm looking forward to outdoor pics as well. Soma Hwy One bar? I like the hood position, less the tops and I just found the drop much more shallow than I'm used to and prefer. But, like you said "different tool, different job"; I recently put a Ritchey Classic Logic bar on a bike and it's very similar so I certainly didn't hate it altogether.
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"I on the other hand was miserable. I was slightly underdressed and my out of shape lungs burnt trying to take in the crisp air."

That's what spring skate skiing was created for

Sounds like you've found a real winner in your Colnago - good for you - a bit envious... Love vintage Porsche's. If your analogy is correct, even more envious...

Maybe we'll see you on the road this summer???
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
Awesome, man. I'm looking forward to outdoor pics as well. Soma Hwy One bar? I like the hood position, less the tops and I just found the drop much more shallow than I'm used to and prefer. But, like you said "different tool, different job"; I recently put a Ritchey Classic Logic bar on a bike and it's very similar so I certainly didn't hate it altogether.
Highway 1 is correct.

i set the drops at a similar height so the tops were lower.

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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
"I on the other hand was miserable. I was slightly underdressed and my out of shape lungs burnt trying to take in the crisp air."

That's what spring skate skiing was created for

Sounds like you've found a real winner in your Colnago - good for you - a bit envious... Love vintage Porsche's. If your analogy is correct, even more envious...

Maybe we'll see you on the road this summer???
Our snow isn't as good for that kind of activity.

i will be up this weekend (without bike) and maybe up with a bike in April.
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It's a gloomy day and all I have is my phone, but as requested:







and one with its stablemate:
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Lookin' good Casey!

Diggin' the Eurus wheelset as well!!
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Lookin' good Casey!

Diggin' the Eurus wheelset as well!!
+1

Looks fantastic.
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