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Colnago Master Olympic(7 posts)

Colnago Master OlympicWelshboy
Aug 4, 2003 10:49 AM
My LBS has a NOS Colnago Master Olympic frameset for sale for $800 (was $1350) and, tantalisingly, it's my size.

It has the straight bladed chromed steel fork, threaded steerer and internal brake cable. Apart from going back to a quill stem then I'm quite tempted but any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You.
I ride oneWalter
Aug 4, 2003 12:14 PM
Got it for $450 nos on eBay so you might want to haggle on price.

I like it alot. Chrome head lugs are way cool. My comparison is older Columbus SL and Reynolds 531. It is noticeably lighter and has a "quicker" feel when I pedal hard, though that's kinda subjective. If you like Colnagos but feel the current paint schemes a bit "much" it's a great frame set.
isn't the master olympic the same bike as the MXL?ColnagoFE
Aug 4, 2003 12:48 PM
I thought they called them Master Olympics in Europe and Master Extra Lights in the US because of some copyright issue. In any event I'm sure it's be a great bike. I love my MXL. You can always swap out the headset and fork with a Flash carbon later and go threadless.
isn't the master olympic the same bike as the MXL?Welshboy
Aug 4, 2003 1:31 PM
Not sure about that but only the MXL and Classic are advertised now in the UK. I'm tempted to get it just to join the owners club so to speak. I've fancied owning a Colnago for ages but have always spent less money on a lot more frames/bikes.

Anyway, I'm putting my credit card in my shirt pocket this week just in case I happen to pass that shop...
isn't the master olympic the same bike as the MXL?Walter
Aug 4, 2003 4:56 PM
Master "Olympic" is the version just before the current MXL, I believe. As opposed to the current MXL my bike has horizontal dropouts and Columbus "Profilo S4 Gilco tubing." The current bike has Columbus tubing called "DT15V" or something to that effect. Also the older bikes tended to be more one dominant color w/o as much spraying as seen on the current bikes. Mine is red and chrome with a white panel on the downtube. There may be exceptions.

Colnago was forced to drop the term "Olympic" at least in the US. I've heard the bikes referred to as "Gilco Masters" and "MasterLite."
re: Colnago Master OlympicWelshboy
Aug 4, 2003 1:40 PM
Just checked the dollar/pound and it is actually $767.
re: Colnago Master OlympicB2
Aug 4, 2003 2:06 PM
That's close to the same price Maestro is charging for a Colnago Classic with a Prescia steel fork. Don't know how the two compare though.

The MXL is running close to $1,000 right now with the Prescia fork.

It's always nice to buy from your local shop if they can be half competitive at all.