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Any Colnago Dream owners? feedback?

Old 03-06-06, 04:02 PM
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Any Colnago Dream owners? feedback?

Hi,

Anyone out there ride a colnago dream HP? would you mind sharing some info on how it rides?

I am thinking of getting new a F&F. Can get a dream HP for the right price.

I have a Orbea, that was custom made for me from Columbus Zonal. Had it for 5 years now and it has enough dings and dents. Wife gave the nod for new bike purchase as I kept current one for so long.

I have riden a C40 about 5-6 years ago and liked that, but I did weigh more then.

Thank you
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lucky bugger!!

I wanted to buy this 2nd hand one at my local shop a few months ago, but I couldn't afford it

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HI, yeah lucky the wife gave me full blessing for the purchase. The one I am buying has the carbon rear seat & chainstays.

My family still lives in Europe, going to ring tonight and send them shopping.

I think it will be stiffer than the C50 for a big lug like me. I followed Graham Brown in a training ride when he got his, went pretty good under him.

Let you know in a few weeks.
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No, but I would not mind getting one for a good deal too
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I've got a Colnago Active, which is pretty much the same bike but without the carbon chainstay. Colnagos are odd to fit, but I have to say that though it's not a weight-weenie frame by any stretch of the imagination, it is one of the best descending and cornering bikes I've had since my Merckx Century. And this is a lot stiffer -- it's done me well in tight sprints for podium places. And I'm selling it (50 sloping) pretty soon... .
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http://weightweenies.starbike.com/li...ype=roadframes

there are 2 Dreams on Weight Weenies: one's 1570g and the other's 1309g
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Originally Posted by was_bmxer
HI, yeah lucky the wife gave me full blessing for the purchase. The one I am buying has the carbon rear seat & chainstays.

My family still lives in Europe, going to ring tonight and send them shopping.

I think it will be stiffer than the C50 for a big lug like me. I followed Graham Brown in a training ride when he got his, went pretty good under him.

Let you know in a few weeks.
Aren't you a big tall bugger Aaron? What size do you ride? The big Colnago's used to have extended head and seat tubes - what they call 'a la Freuler' after Urs Freuler. I'm sure they still do it. Check out he piccies
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yeah, "Intherain" also did that.....sort of



http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?...Giro-Pin_93_11

the Colnago headtubes don't seem to be all that big on this chart:

http://www.colnagonews.com/cat2005/p...ream/frame.htm

It's a reasonable idea. The only thing stopping me buying the 56cm Cervelo was the bloody 140mm head-tube -- there's no way I could bend over that far, so I had to get the 58cm (which has a 57.5cm top-tube) with a 160mm headtube. Bummer; I would've liked a shorter top-tube. I have an old 56cm, lugged Paconi, with a 153mm head-tube, and my old 58cm Raleigh is 170mm!!! Bloody head-tubes seem to have got shorter since lugs faded out. Hopefully the trend will come back to slightly longer ones.

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Here's another geometry link

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...RY&BRAND.ID=10
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I... have a Dream...

The fit is a bit weird, with the toptube being shorter than the seattube, you'll want to pick a frame that's one size bigger (I usually ride a 56 cm with a 100 or 110 mm stem, but my Dream measures 57 cm on the seattube, and I have a 100 mm stem on it).

It's a sweet ride, even without the carbon seatstays or "fancy" Diamond HP chainstays, although you might want to use a carbon "saddle post" like an Easton EC-70. It's plenty stiff (for my 135 lbs), reasonably light at about 1380 grams for my particular frame (lighter than my C50, anyway) and the paint looks spectacular (I got the yellow and blue "globes" with the pearlescent (SP?) lookin' silver).

The handling is kind of slow compared to other frames, I don't know if this is due to the crap-load of rake in the Force fork (I don't know, but the staight blades make the fork look really swept) or if the headtube is just really slack, but it's nice, you don't have to worry about silly things like rolling into a ditch when you're zipping up your jersey. Something I nearly did twice on the Specialized S-Works E5 race bike I had before.

I love my Dream, I bought it as a complete bike used for $1400 USD, and it was worth every penny of that.

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Eh? (Sorry!)

P.S. I think this is my longest post, EVAR!
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Originally Posted by classic1
same chart
61cm = 183mm headtube
62cm = 185mm
63cm = 195mm
64cm = 203mm
65cm = 213mm
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I have a Dream plus B-Stay, not the HP version. Overall I have been very pleased. The bike does a good job soaking up road vibrations and yet is still really stiff. The fit and finish are fantastic. I haven't had the paint issues that Colnago has received bad reviews for in the past. Something about the paint chipping really easily on their aluminum frames. Anyway, I have my bike outfitted with Campy Chorus 10 speed with a FSA crank, Cinelli Ram Stem/handlebar, and Campy Proton wheels.

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My Dream is my race bike - great ride, very responsive. Fells like all the effort I put in finishes up in the road as opposed to the frame.
Nice snappy ride, If I could climb I'd say it's great for jumping on hills, but as I can't climb I'll just say it's great when you jump on the flat, it comes with you when you move not 5 seconds later.
Go buy one
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Thanks folks, I'm in now anyway.

I am tall and have ordered a 64cm frame, based on headtube & tt length. With the stack height of a record headset it will be around 5mm taller, so one tiny spacer to get the bars right.

I just want it to be really stiff. I have to admit the Freuler has always put me off buying one. It will be my race bike and seeing as how I only race crits 99.9% of the time, It should be sweet.
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You'll have to grow a Freuler 'tache now.
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Tried that and thought I would get cool comments, porn star, cary grant etc. Ended up with rock spider most of the time.

I can usually grow a nice one in a day or two, it's in the blood.
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is the "Lux Titano" also known as CT-1? is it the same thing as the Dream?
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Dream HP and the older dream lux are both ALU. CT1 & CT2 are very nice frames. I know a guy with a ct2 w full record etc. Awsome bike.

Nice name.. kraftwerk
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Originally Posted by kraftwerk
is the "Lux Titano" also known as CT-1? is it the same thing as the Dream?
if you're refering to the one in the pic, it's a Dream Lux, or Lux Dream
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