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Colnago Classic or Lemond Buenos Aries or Bianchi...(5 posts)

Colnago Classic or Lemond Buenos Aries or Bianchi...frog
Apr 23, 2002 5:45 AM
Veloce. Just wondering what you folks think. I've been looking for a new road bike for a long time now. This bike will supplement my mountain biking. This bike will see alot of miles. I have it narrowed down to a Lemond Buenos Aries w/Ultegra, Colnago Classic w/Veloce, Bianchi Veloce w/Daytona(I think). I''m leaning towards the Colnago because, well, its a Colnago. The Lemonds seems like the best deal (maybe), but Shimano components are a big downer for me. I'm a big fan of Campy. All prices are about equal. Any thoughts? Thank you very much for any input!
Get the frame that fitsNessism
Apr 23, 2002 5:53 AM
Colnago and Lemond are on different ends of the spectrum regarding frame design. Colnago uses upright seat tubes and short top tubes while Lemond is the exact opposite.

A properly fit frame will use a reasonable length stem and have the saddle centered on the rails. This should be the first consideration.

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Agreed....frog
Apr 23, 2002 6:00 AM
I have tested the Lemond and the Bianchi and fit was good. I'm having trouble finding a Colnago Classic to test. All local Colnago dealers have only their high end frames (C-40's), and they fit well too. But I'm not buying a C-40. Is the geometry similar enough to make a wise decision?
re: Too bad you can't do a blindfold test.dzrider
Apr 23, 2002 6:04 AM
It might be easier to pick the right bike if we couldn't see decals and head badges, etc. If I were picking a bike to supplement mt bike riding I'd go for geometry that comes closest to my mountain bike.
colnago MXL...C-40
Apr 23, 2002 8:58 AM
You may be able to get a much higher level Colnago Master X-light from european sources like sdeals.com, for about the same as you'd pay for a Classic here in the states. Euro prices on the MXL are around $1000.

The Tommasini Sintesi would also be a good choice in this price range. See at coloradocyclist.com.