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New Bike Purchase(11 posts)

New Bike Purchasespockie
Jan 17, 2004 8:49 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen of the RBR board:
I have decided to get the Colnago C-50 as my next bike. The problem I have is what cranks to choose. I decided to go with the Campy Record Gruppo, but I am not certain if I want to go with the Campy Record Carbon Cranks or the FSA superlights. The Superlights are nice because of price, and they have been in the Tour. Just need the advice. I read the article in Velo-News, but each one is a toss up to me. If it were your bike what would you go for/
I'd go for standard Record aluminum cranks. nmdivve
Jan 17, 2004 9:58 PM
For Style go with thebimini
Jan 19, 2004 10:10 AM
Record Carbon (the aluminum Record would look out of place with all the other carbon on the bike). The FSA cranks just don't speak Italian. If you are spending the bucks keep it all Record. Anything else will loose style points.

If your goal was functionality, durability and cost you would not be buying a C-50. Don't get me wrong, I would love to have one, but my wife would murder me in my sleep is I spent that kind of money on a bike.

Me, I'm a cheap Chinese frame / Campy Veloce kind of guy.
re: New Bike Purchaselyleseven
Jan 17, 2004 10:45 PM
It won't be a matter of performance unless you are a very big and powerful masher. I have a thing about breaking up a set as sweet as the Campy Record.....
re: New Bike PurchaseElefantino
Jan 18, 2004 5:17 AM
Had I the wherewithall, and the money, to buy a C-50, I'd go complete Record ... everything. (Except I'd use a Chris King headset.)

Go Record carbon. The cranks look classy.

get the campy cranks...rrjc5488
Jan 18, 2004 7:52 AM
If you're gonna go all out on a bike, get the campy carbon cranks... the new 2004 carbon cranks look SO NICE. I'd definitly go with those. By the way, we're expecting pictures once you get it! haha
Carbon CranksBixe
Jan 18, 2004 1:31 PM
Mashers notice how much the carbon cranks flex; the spinners like how easily they spin. The frame will flex more noticeably than the cranks anyway (at least for this mere mortal)....

I'm no masher and not a quick spinner, but I do notice the difference in how much more easily the Carbons spin up the hill....

Or, if you're in it for the visual continuity, go w/ the Record Carbons.
You've got to explain this one!!!Kerry Irons
Jan 18, 2004 7:23 PM
Just how is it that carbon cranks spin more easily? It would seem to be all about the BB, not the crank. You're saying that CF cranks sping "much more easily" up hills? I'd sure like to see that verified with a Power Meter. I call BS.
Legitimate CallBixe
Jan 19, 2004 4:39 AM
No data. No empirical evidence, just anecdotal. But I suspect the (ever so slightly) lower rotating mass seems to contribute to this. uh, phenomenon. Same ride on the same climbs with the both alloy and carbon cranks.
My only other qualifier: I
i could
tell the difference in the stroke between 172.5 and 175 cranks (n/a this instance).
Just my impression; your mileage may vary, and likely to be different....
re: New Bike Purchasezippi
Jan 18, 2004 6:15 PM
who are you getting your c-50 from? i just heard today ,maybe a rumor that colnago recalled a batch of c-50's because some had unglued at the at the joints. i'd like to know for sure.
re: New Bike Purchasedivve
Jan 19, 2004 12:52 AM
The Taiwan batch is okay as far as I know. Only the ones from the Czech Republic are suspect.