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which Italian bike to buy?(10 posts)

which Italian bike to buy?silroadbike
Jul 16, 2002 7:45 PM
I am thinking about buying a Colgnago CT1. I like to know what other Italian road bikes would be suitable for a 100lb woman? Is it best to buy titanium, titanium and carbon, or steel? I need a 46 cm frame.
re: which Italian bike to buy?Mauceri
Jul 16, 2002 8:30 PM
Is this your first road bike? If so, personally, I would start out with an Italian Steel frame. "Steel is real" and that being said, is the standard at which all metallurgy is based against.

If you have the money, by all means, go for titanium, as ti has the feel of steel, but is almost indestructable. Steel rusts...ti doesn't...and ti is lighter.

But to me, steel is where is it is reeks of tradition and the Italians have been making steel frames for decades, it is where the Italians shine.

I like the Colnago master x light. If you prefer the look of lugs, the classic is beautiful and it is the cheapest frame they make.

Good luck
Not sure about Colnago for a 100 lb womanColnagoFE
Jul 17, 2002 6:14 AM
Colnagos are pretty stiff bikes overall. Are you gonna be racing? Maybe something a bit more compliant might be better for overall riding at your weight?
Not sure about Colnago for a 100 lb womanDINOSAUR
Jul 17, 2002 7:39 AM
My Master X-Light is pretty darn stiff. Right up there with my Klein. The difference is the spring and snap of the steel accompanied by the nago goemetry. I love my Master X-Light, but it might not be a good ride for a 100 pound gal.
But it all depends on what type of ride you are looking for. Hard to say, lots or choices. I prefer steel, but that's just me.
I'm a huge fan of the CT1.djg
Jul 17, 2002 5:53 AM
It's my favorite bike ever. But I'd point out that the different Italian (and US) builders tend to get idiosyncratic--if not eccentric--when it comes to frame geometries in the smallest sizes. If the Colnago in your size works, I certainly recommend it. Other bikes to consider: De Rosa, Pegoretti, Fondriest, Mondonico, Pinarello ... Most of these offer custom options, but you have to know how to ask and you have to be willing to wait a bit for the result(many US shops simply want to sell what they have or what the distributor has in stock). There are, of course, excellent US builders who can provide you with a custom frame. As for materials: all three of the options you mention are viable (there are excellent examples of each).

Someone suggested an MXL--it's a fine bike and you might like it, but it may be overbuilt for someone of your size.
The one that fits and then the one that fits and is most appealiLone Gunman
Jul 17, 2002 6:10 AM
g to your eyes. I agree try steel first. And yes steel can rust, but only if you leave it outside in the weather year round. Products are available today that protect steel frames from rust, rust really is almost a non factor at this point. GVHbikes has some nice frames to check out, Basso, Viner, Cinelli, Colnago I think, Gios from Excel bikes are sweet.
I have a a Al Viner and I love it nmPhatMatt
Jul 17, 2002 8:49 AM
BSTAY CT1 owner hereJohnG
Jul 17, 2002 6:52 AM
It's the "best" bike I own or have owned...... and I've been through a bunch. At your weight the CT1 will still be way comfy.

Get ahold of Mike at
He can supply a frame or a complete bike. Great guy.

re: which Italian bike to buy?No_sprint
Jul 17, 2002 8:29 AM
Why limit yourself to Italian?

If you're a 100 pound female in need of a 46cm frame you might consider the Cannondale or other woman specific models. Matter of fact, you could very well have a problem getting such small size even if the website says it's made. Most distributors stock *regular* sizes and it's unlikely Colnago makes large and regular runs of their very smallest and largest bikes.

It doesn't sound like you know much about what you are getting into. If you don't know if it's best to buy Ti or alu, how on earth did you come to the conclusion that you want a CT1?

You get the bike that fits, that has the characteristics that you are looking for due to the type and amount of riding you do. You get the bike that has the geometry you're looking for. You get the bike that fits your budget, whatever make and model that may be.

If you're a first time rider with an unlimited budget that is going to do some riding for enjoyment, I'd suggest getting a Sachs. He will make you a custom, handmade, well fitting, comfortable and beautiful bike.
re: which Italian bike to buy?mapei boy
Jul 17, 2002 2:46 PM
My wife (who is fairly small) loves her Colnago Dream aluminum bike with a true passion. It was certainly her favorite bicycle among the many she auditioned...which included devices like Cannondale's CAD Four and a Bianchi EV-2. Perhaps her least favorite bike during the audition process was a 48 or 49 cm Litespeed Classic. She pronounced it dangerous. She said it was unstable. She said that anything even approaching a sharp turn put her toes into the maw of the front wheel. In her eyes, Litespeed did not sweat the details when it came to making a small bike. They simply made a large bike small.