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CT 1 arrived, but ....(8 posts)

CT 1 arrived, but ....Jowan
Mar 7, 2003 12:35 PM
I don't seen to have that much luck with Italians..

Finally, 4 weeks overdue I received the long awaited call from my LBS that my new Colango CT 1 had arrived, just in time for the start of the season.

However, when I ordered the frame I specifically asked for the blank-titanium version, no paint, no coating. I do prefer the timeless look it gives the bike. To my surprice the frame Colnago send me was painted silver. Its a nice paintjob, but in my opinion not close to the look of a bare titanium frame.

So I'm confused what to do. Accept the frame an be riding, or reject the frame and wait for another 2+ months for a new frame to arrive. My LBS is not even sure if Colnago still delivers the frame in bare titanium. He will ask Colnago if its posible to strip the frame of its paint after the season, but I don't know if that will affect the frame in a bad way.

What to do??

Jowan
BummerS-U-B
Mar 7, 2003 1:32 PM
That's to bad that happened. I guess only you can truly decide. Do you have another bike? it sounds like you do. I think it would be hard to spend that kind of money on a bike and not get exactly what you want. Seems the paint could be stripped, but what would it cost? doesn't seem like that would damage a titanium frame. 2 months wait time would be painful, but not as painful as looking a bike you dont like for years. As painful as it would be, I would send it back and get the one you wanted. good luck.
im betting youre SOLcollinsc
Mar 7, 2003 2:16 PM
iirc, CTF is not CTB

The original was a paintless, but somewhere along the line they decided to paint a grey bike silver. Dont think they do the paintless jobs anymore
re: CT 1 arrived, but ....Rusty Coggs
Mar 7, 2003 2:37 PM
Frames get stripped all the time,that's no bigge.You might not like what's under the paint tho,since even bare Ti typically gets some kind of finish process if it is left uppainted,like brushed,bead blasted or polished.Might want to check with Colmago on what is under the paint.
re: CT 1 arrived, but ....mapei boy
Mar 7, 2003 4:55 PM
Take the bike. As you live with it, you'll begin to appreciate the paint job. Plus, even if you did send it back and waited for another one, it's even money that THAT ONE would show up with paint, too. When my wife and I bought our Colnago Dreams, the importer and the dealer were totally up in the air about what colors were available and what were not. My wife wanted Yellow Art Decor. She was told that only black and red were available. They ended up sending her a black one, which she hated. She decided to exchange it for the red one. Amazingly, when the "red" one arrived, it was actually Yellow Art Decor!
That's a drag....bent_spoke
Mar 7, 2003 5:52 PM
I'd tend to want to ride this season, so I'd check to see if there's another color that worked. I'd also ask for some kind of discount since you waited along time to come up with something less than you were looking for.
re: CT 1 arrived, but ....rogue_CT1
Mar 7, 2003 8:48 PM
I have a CT-1 w/ carbon B-stay in CTF. I don't think they make the true Ti finish anymore. When you build the CTF frame up and take it out in the sun I think it will give almost the same look that you wanted. It really is a beautiful classic finish. I agree with the other post that said not to strip it because you really don't know what is underneath. The weld areas may be discolored from the torch and that would be hard to get off. I am with you in that I really love the brushed Ti finish but you just can't get it from Colnago for some reason.

Trust me, the 1st time you ride it you won't care what finish it has. So just enjoy your new bike.
Dunno--totally up to you.djg
Mar 10, 2003 10:42 AM
Personally, if I thought the bike looked nice as delivered, I'd probably take it even if it wasn't exactly what I ordered. But if you are unhappy with the appearance, you're unhappy--it's your coin and whatever you accept will be your bike. It really shouldn't take anything like 2+ months to get a replacement, unless you are waiting for custom paint. Ask what's in stock at the distributor's.

The blue anodized ones look pretty sharp IMO--I think that gives you some bare ti as well as some large areas where the texture of the ti (as finished) clearly shows.