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Colnago Steel Frames(7 posts)

Colnago Steel FramesDrupa
Jul 29, 2003 7:30 PM
Are the entry level steel Colnago framnes (past / present) worth looking at or are they unremarkable frames for less affluent folks who want the "club" on their bike?

I've come across a couple and was tempted to pick one up, but thought I might be buying something that was more image than function.

I do like steel rides and already have a weight weenie bike, so this isn't about podium performance...

Please give me some feedback...
re: Colnago Steel Framesrussw19
Jul 29, 2003 7:55 PM
This is a hard one to answer... I don't really know much about any of them except the Master X-Light. I really don't know much about the Classic frame. But the MXL is a great bike. It has all the qualities of a classic Italian Steel bike, and it's straight. Gone are the days of less than perfect frames out of Italy, from what I have seen. It rides really well, but is it worth what Colnago charges for it? That's a perception question more than anything else. I know I could get you a handbuilt in the USA full Reynolds 853 frame with a carbon fork for less than $800. So is the $1500 price you are going to pay for the Colnago really worth that much more. The Colnago has nice pretty chromed lugs... an $800 frame will likely be TIG welded. The Colnago has Heritage and Sex Appeal on it's side (I dated a girl once cuz she liked my Colnago it's true...) whereas the cheaper bike may be lacking that. But for the extra $800 I could save, I can take a girl out to a nice resturant.. and keep taking them out until they like me for more than just my Colnago.

What you pay for on the Colnago is the sticker on the downtube, but there is more to it than that. They have really pretty paint jobs, nice lugs, great workmanship, and history. If that means anything to you, get the Colnago and be really happy. If that doesn't matter to you, get a cheaper frame and be happy. There really is nobody that can make this decision except you. I for one, really am a sucker for tradition and history.. I have a Pinarello, a Colnago, a Merckx, and I am looking for an older steel framed SLX DeRosa with a box crown fork. Those are the kind of bikes I drool and lust over. I am not one for things like Giant's TCR Carbon, but if that is what makes you happy, get that instead. For me, I would get the MXL if I could afford to buy one right now. That bike looks downright sweet in the AD-50 USA paint scheme. Something about the chrome and the pearl white and metallic blue paint.... it's amazing.

Have fun with this decision... I could think of much worse choices to have to make.

actually there is no sticker on the downtube ;)ColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2003 6:10 AM
it's stenciled on so it isn't as easy to copy.
DeRosa SLX 35th Anniversario (large scan)aerox
Jul 30, 2003 11:41 AM
I was looking thru some old Italian bike catalogs and found a 1989 DeRosa SLX 35th Anniversario.
Geez...those Campy Delta brakes still look great after all these years!
re: Colnago Steel Framessparklenuts
Jul 29, 2003 8:10 PM
The Classic is great! Sweet steel ride, come would say better than a Masterlight. Classic tubing.
re: Colnago Steel FramesIamhoosier
Jul 30, 2003 4:11 AM
This spring I picked up a MXL in AD 4 color. Previous ride was a hybrid so I cannot compare the 'No to other more "modern" rides. I can say that it would be hard to believe that I could be happier on anything else. That mostly has to come from the "classic" character of the frame. It is what my daydreams were about.

Lance said, "It is not about the bike". I think he was talking about the purely mechanical nature of the machine. It is about the HEAD and in my case, looking down at that little racer on the top tube........

One drawback, I do find myself somewhat avoiding areas where real riders ride because I am 50 and not that great a rider. A little embarassed by my ride.
I have the MXLColnagoFE
Jul 30, 2003 6:09 AM
it's a great bike. i imagine the geometry of the entry level bikes is similar so they should all ride great--maybe be a bit heavier though--although the level down from the MXL is a tad lighter and less stiff from what I hear. if you can swing it, get the mxl. the chrome lugs, stays and the fluted tubes are way cool. probably one of the best production steel bikes made today.