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Colnago Dream Plus with Zipp 303's vs. Colnago CT-1(8 posts)

Colnago Dream Plus with Zipp 303's vs. Colnago CT-1Franchise
Mar 17, 2002 5:04 PM
Okay Everybody,

I need an honest opinion. I am wondering what you guys would recommend because I have the option of getting a new Colnago Dream Plus with Record and Zipps or I can get a CT-1 with Record. What do you guys suggest? Any experience with any of these bikes? I wanted something fairly stiff with a some comfort for those long days in the saddle.

I already have a Pinarello Prince and a Cannondale. I wanted to get another Italian to add to the stable. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
re: Colnago Dream Plus with Zipp 303's vs. Colnago CT-1DINOSAUR
Mar 17, 2002 6:31 PM
I'd go with the CT-1, (wish I had this decision)...why 3 aluminum bikes? Might as well add carbon fiber to the stable. You should have an idea of what kind of ride aluminum offers by now... don't imagine the Dream Plus has much change to offer as far as a different ride..
re: Colnago Dream Plus with Zipp 303's vs. Colnago CT-1CT1
Mar 17, 2002 6:46 PM
That's a VERY nice stable. A little Euro flash and an American no-nonesense "hammer"!

This would be a very tough choice (Dream or CT1) IF you didn't already have the other two bikes you mentioned. Given that reality, I'd highly recommend the CT1 "package" given that it WILL ride smoother than the other two bikes and therefore will give you some "variety". Oh, I'm assuming you're talking about a BSTAY CT1, correct? I've not ridden the non BSTAY model but second hand comments would lead me to believe that the BSTAY version is more stable in hard twisties due to a somewhat more laterally stiff rear. I wouldn't cabash the deal on this issue only but it's something to think about. Might depend a LOT on what size frame and how much you weigh. Smaller frame and lighter weight would negate any "percieved" difference.... if there even is any.

Keep in mind, a pair of Zipps could always be added later. :)

Ride on
wow....Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 17, 2002 9:20 PM
you already have a pair of good road bikes...

why not get a ok level touring bike and some light bags/racks and buy a ticket to italy and tour the countryside for a week or so.

itll be more of an italian impact than another italian high end bike and will leave you a richer person with more memories. a dream or a ct-1 are nice but so are memories

but... your money ...your decision. im just a romantic.

some places to spend more money in when you are there.
re: Colnago Dream Plus with Zipp 303's vs. Colnago CT-1grandemamou
Mar 18, 2002 4:49 AM
I test rode the dream and was not that impressed with the ride. The paint was beautiful and was prepared to completely fall in love with the bike. Did not happen though. Bike handled well and was stiff but the ride was pretty harsh. A little too harsh for my tastes. Did end up with an AL frame just not this one. I've never ridden the CT1 so I couldn't tell. But based on what you already own I'd go for the CT1 if for nothing else than a change of pace.
curious--what size dream and how much do you weigh? (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 18, 2002 8:21 AM
curious--what size dream and how much do you weigh? (nm)grandemamou
Mar 18, 2002 12:29 PM
I ride a 51-53 cm frame depending on geometry and weigh 145 lbs. That may have a lot to do with my impressions small sized frame and rider that is. But, my Al Bianchi in a 51 is pretty smooth and stiff.
Mar 18, 2002 2:05 PM
I suspected that might be the case. I, on the other hand, am on the big side--195 lbs, ride a 62cm frame. My MXL seems perfect for me and I have had a problem finding a stiff enough frame. Might be tempted some day to get a Dream for a lighter weight bike, but I think the C-40 would be my first choice if money isn't an issue.