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Does this sound right?(7 posts)

Does this sound right?magnum
Jul 20, 2002 6:10 AM
I email Mike a Maestro about a future bike purchase. I told him what I was wanting out of a bike and my particular interest in the Colnago brand that he carries. I told him my height and weight and basically asked him what his professional opinion was for a new bike. He said that I sounded like a perfect match for a Colnago C40. He said they make a beefier version called a feauler in my size. I'm 6'4'' 260#. Does this sound right? I don't want to buy a bike that's going to explode when I start to sprint.
He simply said that I should not go with alloy bikes or multi material.

magnum
re: Does this sound right?LC
Jul 20, 2002 6:30 AM
C40 is a fine bike, but did he happen to say how much it would cost? You might not be happy to hear the answer.
re: Does this sound right?magnum
Jul 20, 2002 6:43 AM
I figured it up using exchange rates

C40 Frame with Star Fork (with EEC (what the heck is that)) - $2400

Shipping and insurance $150

Total $2550

I still don't know what to do though. Overall it's about 2 grand cheaper than you could buy online here in the states. (wrenchscience has the frame alone for over 3 grand)

opinions/suggestions

magnum
re: Does this sound right?Jekyll
Jul 20, 2002 6:58 AM
Check the price on C-40 at coloradocyclist.com - they quoted me $2900 for frame/fork/stem/post - if memory serves. I have no idea what they have in stock. May be worth the extra $500 to have a US warranty. WrenchScience has a cool web site, a neat sizing tool and atrocious prices. Also check LaBiciletta.com for pretty low pricing in NA (probably have to call them).
The C-40 is a beauty. The new world champ pain job is awesome.
re: EEC means European Union ShameNoam
Jul 20, 2002 8:01 AM
re: Does this sound right?eddie m
Jul 20, 2002 9:10 AM
Most bike racers are little guys around 140 bs, so it makes sense that someone your size should avoid the lightest available equipment designed for those guys. But be careful about going to a heavier carbon frame, which are not necessarily stronger. Carbon frames are made lighter be squeezing resin out of the weave. A frame with more resin in it is heavier (and cheaper to build) but not stronger if it has the same amount of fiber. Always do your research when a dealer tries to switch you to something you weren't looking for. Caveat emptor.
BTW, steel is real.
re: Does this sound right?GregJ
Jul 21, 2002 11:18 PM
At your height and weight, you would be a good candidate for a custom frame.(I don't make that rec. lightly.) And you could get any number of builders to make you one for a lot cheaper than the price of a new C-40. You could specify some really beefy steel tubing and spec some really strong 36 spoke wheels. The bike would be a bit on the heavy side, but let's face it, you are not going to fly up hills. You may be able to do so on the flats.