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buying a colnago from overseas(13 posts)

buying a colnago from overseasolsta
Jun 12, 2002 10:22 PM
I live in Melbourne Australia and I am thinking of buying a C40 frame from England eg.Maestro. Is that a good idea?
re: buying a colnago from overseassailboat2
Jun 12, 2002 10:38 PM
I too was considering this, but live in the U.S. I'm sized for a 65cm frame, which is available in the States. Maestro told me that only a 64cm was available to them. Something to keep in mind if you need the larger frame (was looking at the dream plus).

Does anyone know if 64cm is really the largest frame available in the UK?

-A tall are you? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 13, 2002 8:43 AM tall are you? (nm)olsta
Jun 13, 2002 3:52 PM
1.68m tall or short.
I never see large sizes thereColnagoFE
Jun 13, 2002 8:45 AM
The overseas places seem to have a small inventory...and only 55-57 cm frames usually. I ride a 62c Colnago and they just aren't that easy to find in stock or for a good deal.
re: buying a colnago from overseaspmf1
Jun 13, 2002 4:16 AM
I ordered on while in Italy on vacation. It showed up at the Italian bike shop about 4 months later. I paid them and they sent it to me. Cost quite a bit less than prices here in the U.S. The customs was 3% on the frame. I don't know what Australian customs fees are. Can't be that much.

I would not be afraid to order a frame from one of those U.K. sites. I've ordered tires from one (sdeals) and got them in less than a week. They were about half of retail price in the U.S. If you do it by credit card, how can you lose? If they don't deliver, call your credit card company and complain. They always side with their client (you) and reverse the charges.
Make sure you get a warranty, these "grey" shops arePaul
Jun 13, 2002 6:09 AM
blacklisted by some manufactures. For ex., totalcycling (which carries Colnagos), sell mavic wheels, but Mavic won't honor the warranty. My friend found that out the hard way.
thought for the $ i might still take a chance...way less $ (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 13, 2002 9:08 AM
I don't understand the "grey market".bnlkid
Jun 13, 2002 9:11 AM
I purchased a colnago frame from sdeals a couple of years ago and found out about the grey market. The warranty wasn't an issue for me as Colnago's only have a one year warranty anyway. What I don't understand is how a grey market could exist. Doesn't Colnago sell their bikes to reputable distributors/wholesalers? What about Mavic? If they sell their stuff to non approved distributors/wholesalers, aren't they fostering the grey market? I really don't understand the whole distribution chain in these cases. It doesn't makes sense for a manufacturor to say, "we don't honor what we make from shop X, but if you purchased it from shop Y we will honor it." Isn't it still their product. The only thing I can think of is counterfeit products, but that would be pretty hard to do and shops like totalcycling would be discovered and out of business in no time.
Neither do I. Figure the retailers are complaining to thePaul
Jun 13, 2002 10:40 AM
manufactures about their lost in profits. But, the manufactures should honor their warranty regardless where it's bought.
Like me buying a car off you that's only a year old, and it came with a 3 year warranty. The manufacture of that car will honor it's warranty no matter who the owner is. It's just plain BS. Mavic, Colnago, still makes the profit no matter who buys their products.

I often wonder what the U.S. Commerce would do especially since it's coming into the country with value added tax being paid to the country of origin, and the manufactures are doing business over here.

Bottom line, be careful when you dish out big bucks.
Try a Dutch online shop, they are the tallest riders in Europechopper
Jun 13, 2002 9:03 AM
and the Rabobank presence makes Colnago a popular bike there.
re: buying a colnago from overseasCT1 Guy
Jun 13, 2002 10:46 AM
I live quite local to Maestro in England - and bought my last frame there. Mike's been selling Colnagos for years and can get any model frame size they make as he buys direct from Colnago in Italy.
Regarding grey imports, its irrellevant in Europe - trade laws prohibit the prevention of trade within the EEC - as long as the goods were bought from a bona-fide distributor / reseller in Europe the warranty should count. Obviously, you'll have a problem outside Europe as the official importer in your country tries to protect their position.
overseas source for merckx frames?tarwheel
Jun 13, 2002 11:37 AM
Anyone know an on-line, overseas source for Eddy Merckx frames? Not many sources here in the US.