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Old 10-20-09, 07:56 PM
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Is this a mtn bike or

Is this Colnago on fleabay a mtn bike or a cross bike? There was some discussion on some other bike forums that this is a cross bike. However, some research turns up that Colnago made F35 mtn bikes but the only pics I can find are the famed "Ferrari" bikes (which look incredibly ugly BTW).

So, is it or not?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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Old 10-20-09, 10:49 PM
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Im thinking cross bike.
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Old 10-21-09, 07:21 AM
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Looks like Cross to me.
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Old 10-21-09, 09:11 AM
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can't wait to bid on that sweet beast! thanks for the link kind sir.
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Old 10-21-09, 01:27 PM
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I'd say cross since rear spacing is 130
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Old 10-21-09, 09:50 PM
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Early (first gen?) mtn bikes were also 130mm spaced in the rear. This is why I can't tell if it's a mtn or a cross bike. For a cross bike it seems to have a pretty wide set of stays which would/should allow for fat (1.95 = wide) tires that cross bikes don't run.

I am not going to bid on it. I have an early mtn bike already and this frame is likely heavier than my Haro (which is a pig when it comes to weight). I was just wondering because I can't uncover ANYTHING other than on the F35's which this apparently is not.
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Old 10-21-09, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
Early (first gen?) mtn bikes were also 130mm spaced in the rear. This is why I can't tell if it's a mtn or a cross bike. For a cross bike it seems to have a pretty wide set of stays which would/should allow for fat (1.95 = wide) tires that cross bikes don't run.
+1 on the 130mm spacing for first generation MTB hubs. I've got a Phil Wood MTB hub that's 130. It won't work for a modern mountain bike anymore, but it fits road bikes.
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CX bike, based on the barrel adjusters for the shifting on the headtube.
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CX bike, based on the barrel adjusters for the shifting on the headtube.
The 'barrel adjusters' don't look very adjustable, they more like fixed ferules that the cable outers will fit in to me - there's also 2 of them on the top tube and 1 more on the cross piece between the seat stays.
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The ebay frame looks very similar to the following photo of a 1988 Colnago Master Mountainbike Frame. Note that the derailleur cable stops on the head tube are even in the same place too.


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Old 10-22-09, 09:53 PM
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Ok, some more digging and it turns out that Colnago DID make mtn bikes in the mid-late 80's. 6-speed Deore grouppo Some REALLY FUGLY paint schemes for Colnago though.

So, apparently the one on fleabay IS a mtn bike and not a cross-bike. And, I was right. According to one BB thread I found the thing weighs a ton and a half. Here's a couple of vintage pics. Note the undermount rear brake on the first one. Typical 87-88 setup while the second pic has canti's frt & rear showing it to be a later model (89/90 or later.)



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Old 10-23-09, 12:21 AM
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Oh geez, double biopace horror. Please, make it stop
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Old 10-23-09, 05:11 AM
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yep, definitely an early MTN bike. Look at the flair of the chainstays before they come back together at the BB.
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Old 10-23-09, 10:18 AM
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I asked the seller if the frame's designed for 26" or 700c wheels, he said 26". So definitely a mountain bike frame.
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