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New Bike Choices(23 posts)

New Bike Choicesspockie
Nov 26, 2003 9:22 AM
Well guys and gals,
My wife has finally relented to let me get the "dream machine." I am currently narrowed down to the Colango C50, Colango 50th Anniversary or the Fondriest Lex (the one with the F1 carbon. Can you guys help me choose
spockiemeister
be innovative, go with the fondy....(nm)funknuggets
Nov 26, 2003 9:33 AM
Eexactly the reason to go the C-50lotterypick
Nov 26, 2003 9:58 AM
If the choices were all innovative like Calfee or Fondy, then I'd agree, but in the real world bike lust and oohs and ahhs start with paint and the C-50 will get the ohhs and ahhs from all including non bikers.

the wife will see it, the kids, relatives, friends, etc.

if you're going to get the dream, get the dream that all will appreciate and you'll be blessed!!!
I retract my statementlotterypick
Nov 26, 2003 10:15 AM
There is no paint on this one. At least it looks like that on their site. My appologies to FN.

Although I still like the C-50.

I wonder what the warranty is like on either?
Which Carbon bike to buyLIBoy
Nov 26, 2003 1:15 PM
Guru Carbonio. Beautiful, customizeable, handmade perfectly in Canada, still unique.
The problem with Wife, friends, kids, and relativesDave Hickey
Nov 26, 2003 10:40 AM
Either the C50 or Fondy still looks like a standard bike. If you want them to admire your bike, buy a Trek Y-Foil with Trispoke wheels. I'm not a big fan of either but noncycling people look at it and go "wow".

As for the original poster, if it's YOUR dream bike, why are you asking us? Buy what your heart tells you to buy..
Because....6was9
Nov 27, 2003 2:22 AM
he narrowed his choice down to a few but can't make up his mind. I have the same problem: C50 sloping geo, Look KG486, and Nag 50th sloping geo.

C50 is kinda conventional looking but probably a safe choice considering C40's track record,

really like the look of KG486 gloss black but somehow feel not as safe as a Nag,

Nag 50th Anniversary comes in perfect sloping geo in my size but seem somehow like a 50th anniversary plaque to be hung on a Colnago dealer or something - decals are too shiny and too many "50th" decal all over,

Fondriest Lex is actually a possibility but I guess there is no particular draw for me among many other carbon frames.
agreecollinsc
Nov 26, 2003 9:58 AM
I mean no disrespect to the C50, it is surely a magnificent bicycle and I would love to have one. However, in a few short months you will be seeing many many more of them than you do now.

For a different flavor (and totally discounting any preferences you may have towards fit and ride), I would choose the Fondriest.
my vote: C50gtx
Nov 26, 2003 9:37 AM
For me the only hard part would be picking the color.
Common, those bikes surely can't touch....divve
Nov 26, 2003 10:06 AM
.....the Ego:)
Fondriest........african
Nov 26, 2003 10:08 AM
every one has a nago.....

Besides this guy can't be wrong about what bike to ride.....
Oh and take my opinion more seriously.....african
Nov 26, 2003 10:12 AM
I have a colnago and a fondriest.

I say go with the Fondriest.

Or do what I did and get one of each, this way your only dilema is what bike to ride :)
Trust your gut.Dropped
Nov 26, 2003 10:31 AM
At this price point, the bikes are all great. Hell, at half the price the bikes are all great! ;)

Trust your gut. Personally, Fondriest bikes leave me cold. Colnago's, on the other hand, inspire lust in my heart. Buy whatever floats your boat.

Anyway, if I was looking at a dream CF bike, it would be hard to pass up a C40 at the discount prices you're seeing them at now.
Bingo. It's YOUR dream bike not ours...nmDave Hickey
Nov 26, 2003 10:42 AM
I second the Fondybikenj
Nov 26, 2003 10:37 AM
Fondriest continues to pick up momentum and gain loyal customers for two reasons: 1. Super Product and 2. Superior Customer Service. So for me 1 + 2 = happy,loyal customer.

Plus, I like the comments and questions I get on my Status X-Carb. It really stands out since there are so few of them in comparison to Colnagos. 1 out of 100 maybe...I don't for sure.

What I don't understand is why Colnagos are still as expensive as they are? They've obviously learned how to mass produce them, mass paint them, provide almost infinite sizes and have plenty distribution channels. My thought process is this...If a company like Colnago can produce so many variations of a particular frame, they're obviously doing it very very cost effectively. Your paying for the Colnago Marketing Machine. Really, what's the added-value to owning a Colnago? Market saturation.

Please don't take this the wrong way...I know A LOT of people who own them and say they like them...But the same applies to Sevens, Pinarrelos, Looks, etc.

I think I'm just tired of seeing them. Any ways, sorry for the rant. I'm pro Fondy Lex, but go with geometry over both.

Have fun building the Dream Machine. I'm green with envy.
If it were my moneyThe Human G-Nome
Nov 26, 2003 10:50 AM
This would be the carbon bike I would buy.... if uniqueness is a consideration, why not buy something truly unique and buy a Ciocc Dragster?

http://www.ciocc.it/Dragster.htm
Isn't this the time that some wise@$$ says:LO McDuff
Nov 26, 2003 12:02 PM
Whatever fits you better.

Regards

I'd go for the 'nago.
Colango? Are you buying them in ebay? :-) nmBruno S
Nov 26, 2003 1:53 PM
If you go with the 'Nago...Bonked
Nov 26, 2003 2:42 PM
buy from Mike at www.maestro-uk.com. The factory kept screwing up my order and he upgraded me from a CT1 to a C40 for free on his own initiative. Great prices and even better work with...I'll never buy another bike anywhere else.
If you go with the 'Nago...rogue_CT1
Nov 26, 2003 8:15 PM
I'll 2nd the Colnago from Maestro. I just ordered a C-50 from him 3 weeks ago. The choice of paint wasn't a problem with me... I had to have the PR-AL or spider web scheme.
Wilier Karbon K2 in Deluxe Clearcoat! (nm)davidxy
Nov 27, 2003 10:29 AM
What about the fit????C-40
Nov 27, 2003 10:29 AM
I own both a C-40 and a Fondriest MDC. The new Lex has limited sizes. Be very sure that the Lex geometry suits you. It's not the same as many other Fondriest models. I wouldn't compromise the fit on dream bike.
Bianchi...Bixe
Nov 27, 2003 8:46 PM
... Luna. White Carbon everything: ITM Stem and bar, Selcof seat post, white FSA cranks, Campy Chorus w/ white Eurus... Won't be but a handful in the States.... About us$4900, delivery in mid '04....