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Colnago Ovalmaster for Smaller Riders?(5 posts)

Colnago Ovalmaster for Smaller Riders?poilover
Aug 4, 2002 11:53 AM

I am 5'-8", 140 lbs and want an Italian bike, want Ti because I live in San Diego and steel and Alum get trashed quick and want a good climber. Is the Ovalmaster too much bike for my size. Any thoughts/experiences appreciated.
How ' bout a Holland?Picshooter
Aug 4, 2002 3:22 PM
Though you say you want Italian, I would suggest visiting Bill Holland In Spring Valley. He has a great reputation.
Get measured and have a Masterpiece created just for you.
probably not the best choice IMO...too stiff (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 5, 2002 8:38 AM
What about CT1?CT1 Guy
Aug 5, 2002 9:49 AM
OK, I'm biased - but wouldn't recommend an Ovalmaster for anyone less that about 160lbs - too stiff.

Originally, I looked at both frames and went for the CT1 as I wanted something that wasn't going to beat me up - I'm about 130lbs. The roads here in southern England are pretty rough and the CT1 rides a lot better than any of the aluminum frames I've ridden.

I've just come back from the Pyrenees and can certainly vouch for the climbing as well as the sure-footed descending - if 50mph+ descents off the Tourmalet are anything to go by.
What about CT1?poilover
Aug 5, 2002 11:36 AM
thanks, for the input...this is exactly what I was thinking, but wanted to hear others. Did you just do the Tour de France or something? What team?