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Which Colnago... if any?

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Which Colnago... if any?

I saw a 2009 Colnago CLX the other day and it was lust at first sight. However, other than the heritage and all that - and the fact that something makes me want one - I really don't know anything about Colnago bikes.

So - my question - to satisfy my Colnago lust, which bike (or frame) would you recommend? The CLX would be at the top of my spend.

The bike would be mainly for 20-30 miles blasts, but comfy enough for the odd 60-100 mile charity ride (or Sportive).

Finally, it would replace a Wilier Mortirolo... am I insane???
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Somebody just posted a clx in the 'which road bike' thread, and it's green and gorgeous. I, too, was wondering why you don't hear much about colnago frames on this forum. Are they overpriced? Not as good as cervelo, Scott etc? I looked at and drooled over the new c59 on pbk, it's amazing looking, and pricey at £3200 for the frame only.
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And as far as the clx, it had pretty good reviews on roadbikereview.com
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Originally Posted by Monkey Face View Post
I saw a 2009 Colnago CLX the other day and it was lust at first sight. However, other than the heritage and all that - and the fact that something makes me want one - I really don't know anything about Colnago bikes.

So - my question - to satisfy my Colnago lust, which bike (or frame) would you recommend? The CLX would be at the top of my spend.

The bike would be mainly for 20-30 miles blasts, but comfy enough for the odd 60-100 mile charity ride (or Sportive).

Finally, it would replace a Wilier Mortirolo... am I insane???
Not a big fan of Colnago but either:

C59:
- Internally routed cables, surface area under the BB for mounting a Di2 battery.
- More expensive than the CLX but the C59 is the latest and greatest.

or a NOS

Master X-Light (like a 2005 in Mapei colors):
- Will get a lot of comments, esp. from the over 50 crowd.
- Steel
- Looks nicer than their boring lugged carbon bikes (my opinion)
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Originally Posted by Chef151 View Post
Somebody just posted a clx in the 'which road bike' thread, and it's green and gorgeous. I, too, was wondering why you don't hear much about colnago frames on this forum. Are they overpriced? Not as good as cervelo, Scott etc? I looked at and drooled over the new c59 on pbk, it's amazing looking, and pricey at £3200 for the frame only.
Yes (my opinion). For example, you can get a fully custom frameset from a rep. builder like Crumpton for around the same price or less than a C59 retail or otherwise.
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
Master X-Light (like a 2005 in Mapei colors):
- Will get a lot of comments, esp. from the over 50 crowd.
- Steel
- Looks nicer than their boring lugged carbon bikes (my opinion)
Been there. Sorry, should have said I had a Master X-Light frame (Molteni) - but it was an abandoned project. I don't want to go down that route at the moment.

They do look nice until the paint starts peeling from the chrome every time you wash it!
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Old 08-12-10, 08:31 AM
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Yes (my opinion). For example, you can get a fully custom frameset from a rep. builder like Crumpton for around the same price or less than a C59 retail or otherwise.

Sorry to be harsh, but I know what other bikes I can get with the money, but I WANT a Colnago.... so please, keep it Colnago.
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Sorry to be harsh, but I know what other bikes I can get with the money, but I WANT a Colnago.... so please, keep it Colnago.
Then what are you asking?

I understand what you mean. I wanted a Cervelo. Lots of other nice bikes, and certainly for less money. You won't be happy until you get what you want, so just do it and get it over with (I know I wouldn't have been). Can you afford the CLX? Would you sell your old bike?
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It seems like your mind is made up and if you're going to spend some money on a Colnago any of their carbon models will fit the bill for the type of riding you intend on doing.
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Get the CLX. Very sexy bike at a reasonable price. If you can afford it, do it. But as an aside, I like to buy American made when possible. Have you looked at a Litespeed Archon? Oh my.....and freaking light.
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Then what are you asking?
Er, sorry... I thought the title made it fairly obvious... "Which Colnago... if any".

I don't know what people think of the CLX or the ACE or whatever, so it would be nice to get some feedback from people who've actually ridden them.
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Originally Posted by Monkey Face View Post
I really don't know anything about Colnago bikes.

The bike would be mainly for 20-30 miles blasts
For these purposes, I agree any Colnago frame will be more than enough.

In case you care, I think there's only a two year warranty on the frames.
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Old 08-12-10, 08:54 AM
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In case you care, I think there's only a two year warranty on the frames.
lol... your little Avatar picture suggests that's pretty important to you sb! Cheers.
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The CLX is sold at a reasonable price, but that is because it is not made in Italy. It is made in Taiwan by Giant.
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The CLX is sold at a reasonable price, but that is because it is not made in Italy. It is made in Taiwan by Giant.
Interesting. Are any of the frames still made in Italy?
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Interesting. Are any of the frames still made in Italy?
All of the real exspensive ones.
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EPS is made in Italy.......not sure about the C59 .

I bought a entry level Colnago Primavera frame (Aluminum) and kitted it up with 6600 and Dura ace wheels and it rides like a dream. It was probably made in the same factory as my Giant OCR but the paint job seems a bit more durable, it is lighter and it rides much better - not at all harsh considering the frame material. Still, expect to pay extra for the Colnago name
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CX-1 rider here. Made in Asia don't really care as most bikes that are carbon come from that part of the world. Sweet ride very smooth. Strong rider so I don't race it but if I did race a Colnago it would be the EPS of C59. Gotta say we have one here locally and besides the internal cable I could not pick it out from an EPS. Nagos have to be ridden to be believed but there is rarely ever a bad day on my CX-1.

BTW the CX-1 was good enough at the Giro and Tour under very impressive squad at the Tour
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If I were you -- how about the Colnago Ti. Don't know the model, but I met a gentleman riding with one of those and it had a really gorgeous paint job reminiscent of their steel days.
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colnagos have lost all but a tiny bit of their appeal to me. they are antiquated, overpriced, and lack any advantages over hundreds of better frames. but if you're a dentist or can't afford your midlife porsche then dive in
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The EPS and C59 are far from antiquated. They are both amazing frames. I have personal experience with the C50, EP, and EPS. Simply amazing frames! They are very well balanced and have an amazing ride. I've seen a C59 in person, but haven't ridden one yet.

They are only overpriced if you are foolish and buy them at retail. I got a C50 and and EP a couple years ago from a US shop at less than half retail when they were clearing them out. Can't beat that! My EPS came from the UK and I paid just about $3K for it. That is the same price as a lot of frames out there (Specialized SL3, Cervelo R3, Look585, etc) and cheaper than the expensive Pinarellos.
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i heart colnago. full ride report to follow, but i just had the opportunity to spend a few days with this beauty, and it was sheer bliss. i dont know if they make the C50 anymore though:
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Originally Posted by briscoelab View Post
The EPS and C59 are far from antiquated. They are both amazing frames. I have personal experience with the C50, EP, and EPS. Simply amazing frames! They are very well balanced and have an amazing ride. I've seen a C59 in person, but haven't ridden one yet.

They are only overpriced if you are foolish and buy them at retail. I got a C50 and and EP a couple years ago from a US shop at less than half retail when they were clearing them out. Can't beat that! My EPS came from the UK and I paid just about $3K for it. That is the same price as a lot of frames out there (Specialized SL3, Cervelo R3, Look585, etc) and cheaper than the expensive Pinarellos.
+1 The way to go with Colnago is to buy a frame on-line, or from a shop that has priced them to move and build it up yourself - the search is half the fun. As an example, a LBS is asking close to $7000 for an EPS frame which can be ordered from PBK for just under $4000.
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I love my C50. Of course one the reasons I chose it was that the geometry worked well for me. I just like Italian bikes.
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