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Paging C40: you prefer your Colnago or Fondriest?(2 posts)

Paging C40: you prefer your Colnago or Fondriest?Tahoe Gator
Jul 11, 2003 12:55 PM
Noted in a search on "Fondriest" that you mention having both a Colnago and Fondriest. I guess the first question is which models? Forgiving the obvious futility in making broad comparisons given each company's diversity in bikes, what can you say about the two in comparison? I've always dreamed of a C40, but those Fondriests look pretty darn sweet.
both very nice...C-40
Jul 12, 2003 4:08 AM
I have a 54cm C-40 and a 51cm Fondriest Madonna di Campiglio (MDC). The MDC is actually a 1cm smaller frame than the C-40, but the closest I could get with the larger size increments from Fondriest. It requires a 1cm head tube spacer and a 1cm longer stem to get the same fit as the C-40. The MDC also has a shorter wheelbase and a much shorter (2cm) front center dimension. This makes the MDC a bit more agile, but also creates minor toe overlap.

Both frames have excellent rides, although the all carbon C-40 is probably a bit better.

I got the Fondriest for a second bike, geared for the mountains, with a more comfy saddle, possibly for longer rides. There is a huge price difference between these frames. The MDC only cost $800 on sale. A C-40 will cost more than three times that, even from the cheapest Euro sources. As far as value goes, the Fondriest is the hands down winner.