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Another old guy with a Colnago(11 posts)

Another old guy with a ColnagoVW
Jul 10, 2003 8:28 PM
A few weeks ago, I asked for help on this board to compare ride of Fondriest P4, Colnago C40, and Look KG381i. Well after doing a Serotta fit, I found I have short femur and needed a steep 74 to 75 degree seat tube angle. Either that or I will have to pin the seat way forward to get KOP. That eliminated the slack seat tube angled Look KG381i. Next, somebody posted trouble with Fondriest P4 at the seat stay. So, I went with the safe choice in the C40.

I ordered the frame from Maestro, and the frame arrive today! The only trouble I had with the order was the packing slip showed the frame to be 56cm when I ordered 54cm. Well, I measured the frame and found it to be 54cm, not 56cm as shown on the packing slip. Thank goodness, or I would be so disappointed if I had to return the frame.

re: Another old guy with a ColnagoVW
Jul 10, 2003 8:37 PM
Jul 10, 2003 9:04 PM
Very beautiful bike. Should be lots of fun to assemble and ride. I've been enjoying mine for about 2 months now. Purchased it in Rome and now have it back here in the USA. It's hard to decide between it and the mt bike now. (For the past 10 years it's been all mt biking for me.)

Got some late nights planned to get it all put together?
Jul 11, 2003 6:07 AM
No, I had to get to sleep early so that I'm at work early this morning. I like to get off work early and head over to the bike shop to do some shopping on some odds-the-ends needed to build this frame up.

re: Another old guy with a ColnagoVW
Jul 10, 2003 9:01 PM
Last picture, but having a hard time getting it posted!
Ok, so I'm Colnago ignorant!CritLover
Jul 10, 2003 9:09 PM
What's the deal with the chain stays? Between those, the top tube on the Fondriest, and the wavy fork on the Pinarello, I don't know which is the weirdest! Not to say they don't do anything, but they just seem extreme.
Ok, so I'm Colnago ignorant!kgg
Jul 10, 2003 9:15 PM
According to Colnago, they make the frame stiffer horizontally, but softer vertically. Who knows? Makes sense to me, but it's only supposed to be about 5% or so improvement over the C40. I like mine in any case.
Wow, VW - It's like looking at a Supermodel....BigFatSal
Jul 11, 2003 7:23 AM
Truly a beautiful work of art..... Congratulations! I was thinking of getting a new Look KG381i, but this C40 is very tempting. I'll have to see how the geometry fits me. What's the price on this frame????
Wow, VW - It's like looking at a Supermodel....VW
Jul 11, 2003 8:44 AM
Due to the recent poor exchange rate (US$ to British Pound), $2500 (1506 British Pounds) for frame and Star fork.

Headset, stem, and seatpost are not included unlike some other sellers like!

Shipment from UK to California USA ~$130. Insurance = 1% or $25.

I haven't paid any custom yet, but it is supposed to be ~$90.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Ernesto...MXL02
Jul 11, 2003 9:45 AM
Old guys on over-priced bikes with splashy paint jobs, but you will love it just the same. ;-) Congrats.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Ernesto...Bananaman
Jul 11, 2003 7:53 PM
Nice bike and great paintwork.I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

C40 Carbon tubes are still 'glued' together at the joints which was the main problem with carbon frames in the early days when the joint/glue sometimes failed.I wonder when Colnago will catch up with Giants monocoque carbon bonding technology?