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Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to Klein(8 posts)

Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to KleinLouis_G
Aug 11, 2003 11:08 AM
I'm considering buying a second road bike sometime in the future to compliment my Q Quantum Race. I like it, but I'd like to try something different.

The Trek 5200 seems to be a really good value.

On the other hand, I'm attracted to the Colnago because it's quite a different animal (steel, Italian).

On paper the 5200 smokes the Colnago (building the Colnago with Chorus and Mavic open pros). I'm leaning towards the Colnago anyway because I suspect it might be more fun. Does anyone have both?
Well here's my Classic in it's latest incarnationLive Steam
Aug 12, 2003 5:43 AM
I like to changing things around once in a while :O) I really love this frame as an alternate to my Klein Quantum Pro and my Giant Composite. The shaped tubing makes it something special to look at. It's not the lightest Colnago - this weighs 20lbs with the Reynolds fork and mostly Record components. It turns heads at events for some reason, though it is a lower end Colnago frame. It rides like a Cadillac :O)
re: Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to Kleindjg
Aug 12, 2003 7:46 AM
These are different bikes--different handling and different fit. Any sense of which might suit you better?

I sold my 5200 a couple of months after buying my CT1 because I just didn't want to ride the Trek anymore. BUT, that's partly a matter of personal taste. And a Classic is not a CT1.

If you're looking for value, you might order an MXL, rather than a classic, from maestro. Order a chorus kit separately (no duty on components, big duty on whole bikes). Get some chorus/op wheels and you should be able to bring the thing in for right around 2k or so.
re: Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to KleinLouis_G
Aug 12, 2003 12:40 PM
Hmm, well I am 220lbs 6'4". My legs are short, my torso is long, and my arms are short. So in general I do ok with a geometry that is something like my Klein, I think I might be able to use a slightly shorter stem even on my existing bike due to my short arms. I'm riding a 61cm on the Klein.

I assume the geometry on the Trek is similar to the Klien but maybe not as compact. So chances are it would work well. If I buy the 5200 I'll buy it at the same shop I bought my Klein (which is handy) and I can test ride it a bunch. If I go with the Colnago then my opportunity for test riding is limited (probably won't happen) because I'll have to order the frame.

I'm kind of interested in a bike that is very comfortable going fast on perhaps not the best road surfaces ever (like 40+ mph) and gives a feeling of confidence. The Trek is so light I'm not convinced although the test ride course I have available has a hill on it.
re: Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to KleinLive Steam
Aug 12, 2003 4:29 PM
I have to say my Classic descends like a rock. Very confidence inspiring. On the other hand both my Klein and Giant are a little twitchy in that area - probably because they are so light. You are talking about different animals and so is the CT1 and C40 recommended by the other guy. The Classic is called that for a reason :O) I put the carbon fork on because it further enhanced the plush ride of this frame. Just curious as to how you came up with two such varied frames - one that is out of production (Classic). As for me, I will always keep the Classic. It is very cool :O)
re: Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to KleinLouis_G
Aug 12, 2003 4:36 PM
The 5200 is an obvious choice for value (light bike, easy to get, and cheap for the lightness and lifetime warranty). Kind of like a novelty.

The Colnago is more about getting a bike that feels a lot different than my Klein.

I'm going to keep my Klein, I'm not trading it in. I'm starting a bike collection basically.
re: Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to KleinHar
Aug 16, 2003 4:47 PM
Louis G

I am considering a q pro carbon, at 6-2 the geometry of the 58 actually fit me better than the next frame up there largest. WHich i believe is 61, the standover is like 34 inches. However am i back and forth btw the Klein and a trek 5200. I am looking for something with all DAY comf-rt and am not convinced the q pro is suited for that and is probaly more like a race or crit bike. I do like it though gorgeous and so light. It rode nice, some comment on how quick the sterring is. Any info would be greatly appreciated,


re: Colnago Classic or 5200 as compliment to KleinLouis_G
Aug 16, 2003 7:22 PM

You're right, it definately doesn't have all day comfort in my opinion. I really start feeling it after the 1:40 mark or so depending on the roads. It is a fast bike that is very stiff, I find the handling a bit twitchy personally probably due to the compact geometry. If I were you I'd go with the Trek if it fits, if you don't you'll wonder about the comfort and weight factor too much. Does the pro come with Dura Ace? The Race that I have is an ultegra/105 mix.