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WHO HAS THE BEST PRICE ON A COLNAGO C40(8 posts)

WHO HAS THE BEST PRICE ON A COLNAGO C40Tunji
Sep 27, 2002 9:07 PM
Hi Friends, I'm looking to purchase a C40, 60-61cm, full Record 10, w/ decent wheels in Feb 2003, for the best price anywhere! I know about Colorado Cyclist sale & Itailianbikes USA but I think I can do better. I don't mind ordering oversea's if the store has a record of being ethical. Please help me? Thanks Friends!! Tunji
if you dont know about www.maestro-uk.com by nowcollinsc
Sep 27, 2002 9:19 PM
then where the hell have you been?

no experience myself, but youll find nothing but praise for this shop and their prices.
Mike @ Maestro is great to deal with.B2
Sep 28, 2002 4:51 AM
Everything was handled promptly and professionally with my order. Throughout the process Mike made the overseas call to me at least four times to clarify the order and provide updates.

Nothing to do with Maestro, but worth consideration - The dollar went a bit sideways vs. the pound between the time I ordered and when the bike shipped (CC charged), which cost a couple hundred, but still VERY competitive.

Based on my order - very positive experience - thumbs up,
-Bryan

Mild disclaimer - Like any "web deal" out there, you pay your money and you take your chances (your decision).
Mike @ Maestro is great to deal with.Tunji
Sep 28, 2002 6:20 AM
Thank you very much Mike, I appriciate your information. If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you how long did this process take (from the time you placed your order (paid) and the time you received your bike?) Did he give you a choice of frames in the store, and tell you how long you'd have to wait for him to order something that was not immediately available? I can't order anything until mid Feb. 2003 (or my family will dis-own me), but I'll want the bike asap!! Looking forward to your reply. Thanks again Mike!! Tunji
tunji1@hotmail.com
NYC
little stocked...C-40
Sep 28, 2002 2:19 PM
I considered buying from Maestro, since they were cheaper than anyone else, but Mike wrote that he only stocked the OOF color (yellow lettering only). Other colors were special order. Could take several months to get.

I wasn't willing to wait. I got my 54cm C-40 from totalcycling.com. I've never seen total cycling stock a C-40 in this large size. If you e-mail them with a specific size and color, they will try to get what you want. If they can't get it in a week or two, they won't fill the order.

You also have to consider freight charges and duties. I paid only $30 for shipping a C-40 frame, campy record group, tires and ksyrium wheels, all by DHL air freight. I paid another $79 in duties on the frame. Some european sources have can charge up to $200 for air freight, so ask in advance.

You also have to keep an eye on the exchange rate. The value of the dollar versus the pound has dropped about 10% this year. Who knows what it will be 6 months from now.
Mike @ Maestro is great to deal with.mmquest
Sep 28, 2002 2:28 PM
How long will it take, well that is the question! I ordered a custom painted OvalMaster in April and am still waiting...seems that Colnago had some problems actually making the frame. Switched my order to a CT1 and it should be here in a couple of weeks...we'll see! Apparently, all that Colnago will tell the retailers is that it will take at least ten weeks to get the frame. They were right on that!

However, the cool thing about Mike is that he talks directly to the people at Colnago and seems to be able to get just about anything, custom paint, custom sizes, etc. The only problem can be the wait, but I think that has to do with the factory and not him. I have spoken to a dealer in the US and they said the same thing (that you can't tell when they will get a color they don't have in stock).

Good luck...
Like anything that's not in stock....B2
Sep 29, 2002 9:43 AM
it could be a problem.

I was also told they had only the one paint scheme in my size (57cm) and that it would take 10 weeks for Colnago to deliver anything else. I ordered the Geo scheme. I was told Colnago had an unpainted 57cm in stock so the 10 weeks would not be a problem. It arrived almost 10 weeks to the day from when I ordered it. Bottom line is that everyone wants to know "how long" and Colnago probably doesn't know so they just say 10 weeks.

I placed about a $200 deposit and the balance was not charged to my CC until the bike shipped. From the time my card was charged it took one week to arrive. I believe normally the shipping is even a little quicker. I had the 4th of July in the week during my delivery.

Mike Perry is the owner and very responsive - send an email and he'll probably pick up the phone and call you. Maestro is not exactly your high tech ecommerce outfit, but they sure seem to be honest from what I can tell. If you have any other questions feel free to email me at bbergst@nwlink.com

Bryan
If it's in stock, he'll get it out pretty quick.djg
Sep 30, 2002 6:15 AM
He installed the bb and the hs in my CT1 and shipped less than a week after the order. If it's not in stock you have to wait. The only way to know what's in stock is to call him.

Another thumbs up re maestro.

Good luck.