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Columbus Altec 2(4 posts)

Columbus Altec 2chaquefois
Jan 30, 2003 12:40 PM
Anybody have a frame made from Columbus Altec 2? If so, what are your impressions of the ride quality, durability, and how much does your bike weigh? Thanks.
re: Columbus Altec 2mapei boy
Jan 30, 2003 2:01 PM
I have a Colnago Dream Plus, built from Columbus Altec 2 Plus. Though far from cushy, the ride quality is quite reasonable. The bike does vibrate on less than perfect roads, but big hits like bumps and potholes are handled gently and with great aplomb. It rides far better than my old 1980's Columbus Steel Somec. Fitted out with Campy Chorus, the 53cm Colnago weighs slightly over 18 lbs. The bicycle feels strong and able. Having the frame break on me is the least of my worries.

All that being said, I must tell you about a new CF Martin Acoustic Guitar I just bought. It is made of mahogany and spruce, just like your average Yamaha or Takamine. All it takes, however, is one strum of the strings to realize how mind-bogglingly superior it is to those more inexpensive makes. The sound leaps out of the guitar. The sound is big, juicy and round. The less expensive makes come off as dry and stringy by comparison. While listening to my wife play the guitar, an epiphany planted itself in my little brain. It ain't the material. It's the maker.
The Devil's in the detailsNessism
Jan 30, 2003 3:13 PM
I agree that a builder can have a great influence over the final product, but not to the extent that some toute. Take the Altec 2 tubeset for example, there are not all that many optional tubes to choose from which limits the builders influence to mostly geometery choices. Of course, large manufactuers, like Colnago, often have their tubing drawn to specific dimensions that are not available to other builders. In this respect, the builder has a greater influence (but honestly, they should call the tubeset something different since it is not per standard specifications).

I think when it comes to a tubeset like Reynolds 853 or the Easton products, the builder has more optional tubes to choose from which increases the varity of frames that can be built with it.

The bottom line is determined by what specific tubes are used in the frame. Given the same tubeset, most frames built with it will ride the same (assuming the same size that is). Of course, people don't like to hear that their Euro super rig is no better than a SuperGo Scattante. To each their own.

The Devil's in the detailsThe Human G-Nome
Jan 30, 2003 3:43 PM
Of course, people don't like to hear that their Euro super rig is no better than a SuperGo Scattante. To each their own. >>>

well, the owner of the "super rig" sorta has to believe that's true don't you think? for the Scattante owner, it's only choice.