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Time to hang up the Bianchi for awhile.

Old 11-20-11, 11:19 PM
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Time to hang up the Bianchi for awhile.

A friend just recently moved to town and today he rather unexpectedly loaned me his Dura Ace equipped 2005 Mondonico. I shat myself when I took it for a spin around the block. I've been on good bikes before but nothing like this. The frame is smaller than what I usually ride (seatpost is almost fully extended) but it feels like a lightweight rocket compared to my Volpe. Now I know what I need to save my pennies for!
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I once took a spin on a Mondonico at the local Torelli/Mondonico dealer. Very sweet stuff for sure.

No more fat tires for you if you get one, though!
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Old 11-21-11, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by tenkerman View Post
A friend just recently moved to town and today he rather unexpectedly loaned me his Dura Ace equipped 2005 Mondonico. I shat myself when I took it for a spin around the block. I've been on good bikes before but nothing like this. The frame is smaller than what I usually ride (seatpost is almost fully extended) but it feels like a lightweight rocket compared to my Volpe. Now I know what I need to save my pennies for!
i didn't know that's how you bloody well conjugate ****.

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Old 11-21-11, 08:26 AM
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I hope you cleaned the saddle before you gave it back to him.
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is it possible for you to post a picture? I've never seen a Mondonico
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Old 11-21-11, 08:36 AM
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why do people post a thread about a great bike and expect us to just imagine the "Awesomeness". post a picture!
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Old 11-21-11, 09:07 AM
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mondonicos are beautiful. dont give it back.
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Pics or it didn't happen.

Actually we believe you but we still want pics.

No pics of you having shat in your bibs, though.
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Crappy cell phone pics. It's a bit on the small side for me but I'm going to adjust it a little and then ride it until it hurts.





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why do people post a thread about a great bike and expect us to just imagine the "Awesomeness". post a picture!
This x 1000
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Originally Posted by tenkerman View Post
Crappy cell phone pics. It's a bit on the small side for me but I'm going to adjust it a little and then ride it until it hurts.


I hope that's a mountain bike seat post in there!

I know the pedals are off, but have you been riding with the seat jacket up like that? If so, seriously, don't ride that bike again until you check for where the minimum insertion line on the seat post hits. If it's above the top of the seat tube, you're risking damaging the frame and/or yourself (or worse).
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Originally Posted by HigherGround View Post
I hope that's a mountain bike seat post in there!

I know the pedals are off, but have you been riding with the seat jacket up like that? If so, seriously, don't ride that bike again until you check for where the minimum insertion line on the seat post hits. If it's above the top of the seat tube, you're risking damaging the frame and/or yourself (or worse).
No worries. The minimum line is safely hidden.
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Wow is that really that much better than your Bianchi Volpe?

I wonder what the thread is going to be like when you spend your first extended period of time on carbon...
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Originally Posted by wkg View Post
Wow is that really that much better than your Bianchi Volpe?
Volpe: 30 pound bike that I pulled from a garage after 15 years of storage and made road-worthy with low end and leftover parts that I had.

Mondonico: 20 pounds of hand-crafted classic sculpture complimented with full Dura-Ace.

I love my Bianchi, but it isn't exactly a performance machine in comparison.
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No offense, but I could throw a stone and find bikes like this everywhere. Nothing really that special, unlike the Colnago Arabesque that just went on sale on my local craigslist
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Originally Posted by wkg View Post
Wow is that really that much better than your Bianchi Volpe?

I wonder what the thread is going to be like when you spend your first extended period of time on carbon...
Volpe is more of a sport touring rig than a classic road racing rig. Better to go head to head with a Surly Long Haul Trucker, Trek 520 and the like than a Mondonico. It comes stock with 32mm tires fer cryin' out loud.

I think coming off a Mondonice my first extended period of time on carbon thread would be one word : "meh".
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Originally Posted by justkeepedaling View Post
No offense, but I could throw a stone and find bikes like this everywhere. Nothing really that special, unlike the Colnago Arabesque that just went on sale on my local craigslist
Must be nice to live somewhere that you could throw stones and hit hand built bikes everywhere. I'm surrounded by carbon Trek, Specialized, Orbea, and Cervelo, but I've never seen one of these come up on CL. Guess I'm not as lucky as you.
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Originally Posted by justkeepedaling View Post
No offense, but I could throw a stone and find bikes like this everywhere. Nothing really that special, unlike the Colnago Arabesque that just went on sale on my local craigslist
It's actually pretty special. Mondonico makes brilliant frames.
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They're probably selling these Arabesque laden Colnagos for $200 also

Olde bike utopia.
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https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/2691131917.html
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/2712342905.html
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/2699478356.html
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/2711253337.html

I see all sorts of stuff all the time. Hell, my friend has 6 custom bikes I've never heard of before, and many more that I do recognize, including a Cinelli Laser, a Teledyne Titan, a Makino, a Pegoretti, Tomassini, etc. I live in an area where the words, expensive and rare don't really mean much, I mean, I see a Ferrari Enzo, a Veyron, and many other exotics all the time. My friend is still trying to get a Colnago Mexico
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Wish that Landshark was 2 sizes bigger. I miss my old Wolber GTX wheelset. And those look virginal!

The other 3 are too big. Call me Goldielocks.

Colnago's a bit outta my price range. I thought you were talking about an olde Colnago with Arabesque components on it. Didn't realize they had a model called Arabesque.

Pegoretti's kinda unattractive to me.

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Originally Posted by justkeepedaling View Post
No offense, but I could throw a stone and find bikes like this everywhere. Nothing really that special, unlike the Colnago Arabesque that just went on sale on my local craigslist
incorrect.

https://bikeraceinfo.com/oralhistory/...hop-story.html

or the updated version

https://www.smartcycles.com/about_mondonico.htm
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