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colnago CT1 view(3 posts)

colnago CT1 viewolsta
Jun 17, 2002 10:13 PM
How does colnago ct1 compare to the top ti frame manafacturers like Litespeed and Merlin? Is the finish, performance and durability as good as the others top models? I would like to hear some opinions.
re: colnago CT1 viewdjg
Jun 18, 2002 6:04 AM
Cosmetics: to each his (or her) own. I happen to like the paint on my CT1 and it's been drawing a lot of unsolicited compliments lately. Clearly, Colnago has some very different options to offer and I have no idea what you'll like or dislike. It's at least clear that the paint on my frame was extremely well done. No scratches or dings yet, but I've only been riding it since November (on the other hand, it seems to have endured the mass parking at the recent DC AIDS Ride just fine). Welds are smooth and even, but not the fastidiously miniature TIG welds of a Merlin (or even quite what Litespeed is doing).

Durability: I'm unaware of any problems with this frame. Certainly none at my end (and I weigh in at about 180), but again it's relatively new--less than 2,000 miles.

Performance: the CT1 is a high performance road bike. IMO, it's a great design. It's pretty light, although not the lightest; and it's pretty distinctive in terms of its combination of responsiveness, stability, and comfort. I don't know whether the geometry will be to your liking, and I have no argument for people who want something different in a ride. But anyone who thinks the CT1 is not a first rate road bike just doesn't know what he's talking about. I like it better than anything else I've been on--YMMV.

Incidentally, I've got nothing bad to say about Litespeed or Merlin either before or after the merger. They, too, make some nice bikes.
thank you 4 your feedbackolsta
Jun 18, 2002 7:34 PM