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Colnago Ovalmaster -- The best titanium frame yet?(9 posts)

Colnago Ovalmaster -- The best titanium frame yet?yzfrr11
Mar 29, 2002 4:57 PM
I just finished putting the 2000th mile on my frame today. The thing is UNREAL! Smooth as silk, no road vibration, all day long in the saddle geometry, but as stiff as anything I've ridden when I sprint up hill out of the saddle! And reasonably light too. You guys MUST try one!
re: Colnago Ovalmaster -- The best titanium frame yet?JohnG
Mar 29, 2002 10:11 PM
Does Colnago still use those semi-horizontal dropouts on this frame? Last time I saw a pic of one it had the same style dropouts as my MXL which I hated with a passion.

re: Colnago Ovalmaster -- The best titanium frame yet?B2
Mar 31, 2002 11:09 AM
I have a 1999 Ovalmaster and yes, the dropouts are horizontal. You need to crank the skewer on really tight or the wheel slips when you accelerate hard.

Anyone know if cranking up the skewer tight can cause damage to the hub?

Having said that, I've really enjoyed the ride. It handles like a dream. Absolutley solid at higher speeds.

re: Colnago Ovalmaster -- The best titanium frame yet?JohnG
Mar 31, 2002 12:27 PM
I only put about 1K miles on my MXL but like you I just cranked up the compression on the skewer. I had the rear wheel pop loose a couple of times and it really spooked me.... :(

ride on
what kind of skewers?ColnagoFE
Apr 1, 2002 8:06 AM
I have record skewers on my MXL--not even all that tight and have never had a problem with multiple wheelsets. I'd suspect the skewer.
what kind of skewers?JohnG
Apr 2, 2002 8:20 PM
Happened on a both a Record skewer and a Ti skewer.

Repeat after me .... VERY-VERY bad design!!!!! Both times the wheel jumped when I did a HIGH torque blowout.

I sold the frame after the second time this happened. Never will own another frame with similar dropouts no matter how "good" it is. It's a dangerous design and sooner or later you will have a wheel pop loose on you. I just hope you don't get blown over the bars when it happens.

That's why Litespeed went to Grade 4 for dropouts,12x23
Apr 1, 2002 4:46 PM
or so I was told when I purchased my Classic way back late 1995. The folks at Litespeed said G4 was a little softer and afforded the skewer a little more bite. Also, I was told the problem was primarily with the mtn bikes, but they made the change to mtb and road frames.
Well, I guess that settles it, let's all buy Ovalmasters (nm)TJeanloz
Apr 1, 2002 6:58 AM
I'll try one if you're buying :) (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 1, 2002 8:06 AM