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colnago master x light(17 posts)

colnago master x lightzero1
Aug 16, 2001 10:12 AM
just ordered a colnago master x light...was a hard decision between a litespeed tuscany and the colnago....i am use to a steel frame so the ride really does not bother me...any comments.
I love mineterry b
Aug 16, 2001 10:25 AM
and you should love yours too. I also have a Ti bike and frankly the only real difference to me is that the Ti feels a little faster, probably due to the weight difference. I've been riding my MxL for about 18 months and I continue to feel like it was a great purchase.
Great Choice...Lou M
Aug 16, 2001 11:03 AM
Colnago Master XL is widely known as the best steel frame. It is truly a work of art. The best thing about it is the performance. I couldn't be happier with mine.

Steel is Real...

Happy Rides,
re:Mine is a keeper......nmRusty Coggs
Aug 16, 2001 11:59 AM
re: colnago master x lightAD14
Aug 16, 2001 12:25 PM
My master is stiff and rides harsher than many other steel frames. It has been rock solid for many miles but is heavier than the new breed of micro alloyed steels like 853 and foco. If all this is cool with you, enjoy. I ordered a new custom foco(for fit reasons), but I will miss that paint job.
re: colnago master x lightBig Lug
Aug 16, 2001 12:37 PM
I bought my X-light in January. I've only put 2,000 miles on it so far, (kind of an off year for me) but I have absolutely no regretts about the purchase. It handles great, climbs well, all day comfortable and it looks fantastic. What more do you want from a frame? The price was right too. $1050 for frmae and fork from He's got a limited selection of frame sizes but I was lucky, a 56cm fits me perfect and that's what he had at the time.
Regardless of how much you pay, you'll be happy with it, of that I'm sure.

Good luck!
re: colnago master x lightMass Biker
Aug 16, 2001 5:09 PM
Rock solid build, race tuned geometry, superbly responsive when you put the pedal to the medal, and light enough not to be a penalty. I train and race on my MXL and have put it through its paces, over paved and upaved roads, up and down some of the nastiest hills that New England can throw at a cyclist, and in the thick of things when elbows and tempers are flying at local crits and training rides. It does everything with aplomb and grace, and even when the weather is foul, it comes out smelling like a rose, and shining like a piece of jewelry.

The pinned and lugged construction and ArtDeco paint job speaks to the traditionalist in all of us, but forget about all that stuff. You throw a leg over it, get it up to ramming speed, and you will find that it is quite capable of giving those carbon and Ti bikes a run for their money (not to mention those TIG'd thinwall steel bikes).

The MXL is an awesome example of "old school" (i.e. proven) technology holding its own, and it is a terrific example of a true "consumer durable". I plan on riding and racing my MXL for quite some time.

Aug 16, 2001 6:21 PM
Which fork did you go with and what was your wheel selection?
Answer to questionsMass Biker
Aug 16, 2001 7:29 PM
* Flash carbon fork
* Fairly straightforward wheel selection for my two wheelsets, both built by my LBS and laced to aftermarket hubs (one set with CXP33s and one set with Open Pros).
* I am fairly light (<150lbs) but am very glad I went with the stiffer/beefier MXL over the Technos. The MXL is a little more bombproof, has a much stiffer BB, and, well, just has more of that funky shaped tubing. If you love to stand and stomp out of the saddle (uphill, downhill, or on the flat), the MXL is pretty damn hard to beat.
Answer to questionsDINOSAUR
Aug 16, 2001 7:40 PM
Thanks, I was thinking of going with the Flash fork. My LBS build kit for Campy Chrous/Record come with Mavic Open Pros, 32 front and rear.
Hey Dino...keith m.
Aug 17, 2001 5:38 AM
delete the open pro/campy hubs from your build kit and take that money (and alittle more) and get some kysriums at for only $423! I ordered mine yesterday. It says on the website that they are sold out but I e-mailed them last week and recieved news yesterday that a shipment of campy compatible versions just arrived for delivery. I have the campy/open pros on my Bianchi right now and I do have to keep them trued quite often. It's no big deal but everyone says the K's are bombproof, plus no need for rim tape.
Aug 17, 2001 7:36 PM
Thanks for the tip, I'm kind of at a loss for wheel choice. I'll consider the K's, unfortunately Mrs. Dino says, "Sell your classic car first, then you can buy WHATEVER you want".
Aug 17, 2001 1:37 AM
I also have a question regarding the fork . I am thinking about going with the steel fork . I know it is a bit heavy than the carbon fork but I like the look of painted fork . Is there really that much difference between steel fork and carbon fork . By the way , I have found that thesame frame from is a bit less then totalcycling . Has anyone order from the store ? any good or bad experience .
If comfort is the issue...bianchi boy
Aug 17, 2001 4:10 AM
Go with steel. If you want a lighter and stiffer fork, go with carbon. But it won't be as comfortable as the steel, nor as pretty.
Aug 17, 2001 2:12 AM
I have a question regarding the choice of fork . I am thinking about going with the steel fork for my frame . I know it is a bit heavy than the carbon frok .But is there that much of difference in performance between those two . I have noticed the prices from Mastero are better then totalcycling .com . Has anyone order from that store ? good or bad experience .
that's beautiful, Maaan!!Lou M
Aug 17, 2001 5:14 AM
well said, almost like poetry, it almost brought a tear to my eye, I feel like leaving work early and riding my Master XL!!!
How much do you weigh???JohnG
Aug 16, 2001 6:45 PM
I rode an MXL for a couple of months and loved it except for the fact that it beat me up pretty good. However, I weigh 145# and I had the Star fork on the bike..... not a good combo. :(

If you are at or over the 160# recommended weight you should love this frame. Great workmanship and steller handling!

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