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Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???(16 posts)

Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???config
Aug 28, 2002 2:10 AM
I'm purchasing an Italian frame and was wondering what would be the best buy? I've looked at Colnago, Fondriest, Cinelli and Bottecchia. I like the Colnago but especially like the paint job on the Fondriest. I don't race and just ride for recreation but I figure I'll get a nice Itlaian bike to last me a few years. Any suggestions?
All you name have good reputations . . .Look381i
Aug 28, 2002 3:01 AM
and I assume that you will buy a frame that fits you well. You did ask for "best buy" advice, though, which leads me to suggest talking with Gary Hobbs (website: He carries a large selection of Italian frames, often last year's model or paint scheme, for discount prices. He will build up the frame to your specs. The result is a price usually between 60 and 75% of retail. Viner and Casati are also Italian, and he usually stocks quite a few of those.

Several friends and I have bought bikes from him in the past and all have been well satisfied.
They're all good. Pick the one you think looks the coolest. nmSintesi
Aug 28, 2002 4:50 AM
They're all good. Pick the one you think looks the coolest. nmCat 4 boy
Aug 28, 2002 6:20 AM
Bike fit is the crucial thing, and then the coolest paint job ;)

If you're pretty sure what length top tube etc you require check the web sites & then make your choice. Personally I love De Rosa, but all the above are top class racing rigs.
re: Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???Akirasho
Aug 28, 2002 5:49 AM
... Ernesto has been around for a while, but Maurizio is younger and in better shape... I'd give it to Fondriest in round 3.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Consider a MoserUprwstsdr
Aug 28, 2002 6:34 AM
I bought a used Moser TK1 thru the RBR classifieds and couldn't be happier. Prior to doing so I spoke with Todd at Era Pro bike shop (actually met him at a wedding). He is a great guy, a true proponent of Italian steel frames, full of good advice. I suggest contacting him.
re: Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???african
Aug 28, 2002 6:35 AM
I really wanted a fond, and lusted big time. I ended up with a colnago and am a very happy man. No regrets, my col look sweet rides great .
re: Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???config
Aug 28, 2002 11:13 AM
What made you decide against the Fond - availability? All of them are readily available where I'm located. I'm really leaning towards the Fondriest.
re: Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???african
Aug 29, 2002 5:30 AM
I did want the Fondriest M d C. But I would have to have got it mail order, (never see or touch the bike). The colnago I got to see the frame hold it, sniff it and so on. I got to talk to the guy at (who I can drive too) he put the bike together for me. And the Colnago was cheaper. I am very very happy, see pictures to be posted today. But I still want a Fondriest one day. I also ride a litespeed catalyst (converted to triathlon).
Just faced the same dilemaklay
Aug 28, 2002 7:42 AM
The Fondriest (Status) was 2000 NOS, the Colnagos were new.

The Status was $1300 including CK headset, Time fork, seatpost painted to match the frame and a Selle Basso(?) saddle. The steel Colnagos were all a bit pricier.

The Fondriest had a more appealing paint job. Also, it was appealing to my wife who gave me the "slight head nod of approval" when she saw it. She winced a bit at the Colnagos.

Both rode nice but, I went with the Fondriest. It just had more appeal to me than the Colnago. Never been happier with a bike.

Also, it's a bit rarer as Fondriest stopped importing into the US a few years ago and have just started up again. Seems their prices have gone up a bit over the last two years.


PS. I get way more "nice bike" comments than I did with my previous ride - a Surley Crosscheck. Go figure...
re: Colnago vs. Fondriest vs ???DINOSAUR
Aug 28, 2002 8:13 AM
I was in the same dilemma when I was selecting my steel bike. I went with Colnago as my LBS was an authorized Colnago dealer and he gave me a big break in the price. I've never regretted my decision, love my Master X-Light. Paint is nice, but I don't notice the paint when I'm riding it. Don't base your decision based on the paint job. A big factor for me was fit and geometry. You probably can't go wrong with either one, I just like the Colnago geometry and the way it rides and handles.....
Go Fondriest!Pack Meat
Aug 28, 2002 12:44 PM
It is absolutely the nicest bike I've ridden or seen. I've been riding the Carb Level all summer and absolutely love it. Every where I go people stop and look at it. I brought it in to Wheatridge Cyclery (Ron Keifel's shop in Colorado and continually voted the best shop in the country by the industry), they carry Nags, Serrotas, Calfees and a number of other high end brands, the customers and the shop employees were drooling over the Fondriest. People that were at Interbike last year tell me it was the finest bike at the show. Even the posts above pointed to the Fondriest. Even African admits that he wanted the Fondriest and settled for the Colnago.

There really isn't a debate. Ride the Fondriest and you will know that there is one clear choice.
Pack meat, Go Fondriest!african
Aug 29, 2002 5:26 AM
You are right I lusted for Fondriest and I still do. I will get one 1 day. But budget dictated I would spend over 3 big ones on the Fond, so I got the Col for just over 2. And I love it, see pic to be posted today of new bike.
Go Fondriest!config
Aug 29, 2002 9:24 AM
Thanks for all the responses! I will try to go to the main shop (don't know if it's the factory) in Padova, Italy this weekend. It's about an hour from where I live. I'm hoping the prices are lot cheaper than it would be anywhere in the states. I'll let everyone what I find out.
Go Fondriest!african
Aug 30, 2002 10:13 AM
Huh you in Italy, sheez buy lots of stuff and sell it on e bay. Get some colnago stickers and so forth.......anything sells on e bay.
Go Fondriest!nikolai
Sep 26, 2002 7:28 AM
Wow...lot's of replies
Anyway i'm faced with the same problem now as well

Colnago Asso OR the Fondriest Megalu? Really love the Lampre color scheme, but i have never seen the DB30B green/white colors on the Col. the latter feels kind of heavy but i was considering transferring all my ultegra and carbon components over as they seem to be a perfect fit except for the bottom bracket.

Any comments?