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Colnago Dream Plus experiences(9 posts)

Colnago Dream Plus experiencesJohnIV
May 12, 2002 3:45 PM
I recently found out that I need a new frame, and my LBS offered me a 2001 Dream Plus frame plus fork that he had on the wall for between 1600-1800, depending on the fork that I choose. My question is for those who have an good or bad experience with it. Does the frame have a replaceable derailleur hanger? How durable is the frame? Is it worth the premium price tag, over say a similiar aluminum frame like a CAAD 5. I am mainly concerned with pure performance of the frame, and longevity. I've heard all the horror stories with Trialtir, and want to be sure that if I go with the Colnago, I won't be without a bike for 9 months. Keep in mind that this will be my primary (only) bike in the stable. Thanks.
two thingsgtx
May 12, 2002 9:01 PM
this guy sells them for about half of that:

http://www.maestro-uk.com/

and if you're serious about riding or if you race, I would strongly consider spending closer to $1000 on your frame, and spending on the additional $6-800 on a quality used road bike (or cross bike) to have as a back up. My $.02.
agree that...spox
May 13, 2002 12:53 AM
Our team has those dream plus bikes; they are good; not so rigid as cannondales, but stiff enough...It's not a 'lifetime' partner; 2 years or 120 racing days...well, team is a team, but if I was a 'soloist', then maybe two workhorses would be better.
I demoed one onlygrandemamou
May 13, 2002 5:12 AM
I was prepared to be completely impressed. It was a good bike but not great. It was plenty stiff and handled well but it felt really harsh. It was beautiful though.

My philosophy on AL. It's a great material for a racing bike. It's light, stiff and fairly durable but won't last forever. The question you should ask yourself is, If it breaks tomorrow can I afford to replace it? I don't know your financial position so I can't answer for you.

In the end I did not feel that it was worth the money for me. Several inexpensive AL options Bianchi, Cannondale and Klein.
re: Colnago Dream Plus experiencest-bill
May 13, 2002 8:15 AM
Not a good price for the Dream Plus - even for US dealers. Chicagoland Bicycle (www.cbike.com) recenlty gave me these quotes on Dream Plus and Master-XL. For $1800 you'd better get the Star Fork which might not even be an option.

Colnago Dream Plus w/ Flash Fork: $1359.99
Colnago Master XL w/ Flash Fork: $1359.99
Colnago Dream Plus w/ Force Fork: $1609.99
Colnago Master XL w/ Force Fork: $1609.99
re: Colnago Dream Plus experiencesMaverick
May 13, 2002 8:46 AM
nope, the frame corrodes badly, i've seen couple of guys riding with a badly corroded top tube, at the bottom part close to the seat tube. you need to maintain the frame well enough after each ride, else it won't last.
btw, it's a pretty good climbing frame since it's AL, but not a good frame for centuries though.
Aluminum corrodes?tronracer
May 13, 2002 10:52 AM
What kind of corroding happens to aluminum? Never heard of that before.
Aluminum corrodes?grandemamou
May 13, 2002 11:12 AM
Galvanic corrosion. I'm not a materials expert so I don't know all the whys and how comes, but its pretty common on AL bikes not just Colnagos. Usually around cable stops and water bottle bosses.
re: Colnago Dream Plus experiencesspox
May 13, 2002 9:30 PM
For example Trek 2300 would be pretty competive option as a al-racer...it's quite light and stiff and you can also get it as a frameset...even colnago is just a pretty paint, but nothing_sooo special_(ever read what Museeuw thought)

It gets wrecked up just like others, when you catch a good group crash ona race...

They are just a tools; the real artists sits on top of'em