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Does Colnago custom make bikes?(10 posts)

Does Colnago custom make bikes?Qubeley
Jan 24, 2004 4:04 PM
Reason I am asking is that I am really craving for a "funny bike"(650F/700R), and I would dearly love to have a Master Light version of such bike. Octogan shaped tube, chrome lugs with club logo, DT shifters, bull-horn without aerobar. That would be sweet, wouldn't it?
I think they used to make one like that, maybe called Crono. I've search eBay with no success.
Will call up LBS tommorrow see what they say.
re: Does Colnago custom make bikes?russw19
Jan 24, 2004 8:01 PM
Yes, they will, but there's a catch. If you live in the US you may not be able to get it made. The problem is that you have to go thru the distributor, Trialtir. They may tell you "no." If you could contact Colnago directly you may have better luck, but you would need to speak Italian to get an answer from them. If I were you I would skip asking the LBS, they probably would just have to call Trialtir (assuming you are in the US) and ask them anyways. Go to Trialtir's webpage ( and look for the contact info page. Send off an email to Gianluca and ask him if it is possible to order that frame. He may then tell you yes, but you would have to put in the order thru a Colnago retailer. From there it would most likely be at least a 6 month wait on that order.

All this is just my speculation, but I have dealt with Trialtir in the past, so this is what I would expect to be how you would have to go about this. Good luck...

re: Does Colnago custom make bikes?divve
Jan 25, 2004 12:29 AM
I don't know about your specific requirement, but the standard list price for colnago custom is 425 Euros. Add an extra 17 Euros and they'll even paint your name on the frame:)
could you tell me where you got the info?Qubeley
Jan 25, 2004 10:37 AM
and how the process works?
could you tell me where you got the info?divve
Jan 26, 2004 3:45 AM
It's been a while but I got the info from my LBS. I'm not sure how the process works. I assume they have some sort of form where they have to fill out your measurements. It then gets sent to Colnago.
Try a Mondonico....DINOSAUR
Jan 25, 2004 8:12 AM
My LBS is a big Colnago dealer in NorCal. I ride a '02 Master X-Light. The owner of my LBS was trying to sway me towards a Mondoncio, they are all custom made (I did not want to wait that long). I don't know about the Octogan shaped tubing. I did read about a guy who had both De Rosa and Colnago make him custom frames so he could compare both of them. Old man De Rosa and Colnago reluctantly agreed to make him frames, but he had to travel to Italy in order to do wasn't easy....
mondonicos aren't custom made.rufus
Jan 25, 2004 3:07 PM
custom meaning that each and every frame is built according to the measurements of the buyer. they are hand-built. the five or so models in the mondonico line are hand-built using set geometry for each size.

however, every fall, the mondonicos and bill mcgann from torelli visit a number of their bike dealers in america, measuring riders for custom-built mondonico or torelli frames. they will vary the tubing used, or the construction method depending on the needs and wishes of the customer, and customize the geometry based on the measurements they take. however, i don't think they will build a particular frame style, a la track bike etc., just for you, you choose an existing model in their line and they make the adjustments to it.

I doubt if any of the italian builders will build you exactly what you want. perhaps a realy small, relatively unknown builder would. your best bet is probably one of the many american custom builders, like strong, steelman, or curtlo.
It's the "however" part....DINOSAUR
Jan 25, 2004 6:33 PM
The owner of my LBS (Auburn Bicycle Emporium) had a foco frame made for him. It's a 4 month wait (Italian time which means-who knows). I just checked the Mondonico website and I don't see that frame listed, perhaps they don't do it anymore. You're probably right as to as far as to customizing the geometry...I could have picked one up for cheap ($1300) as he wanted to get these bikes out and ridden. I know old man Colnago has the geometry down to a science and there is no real reason to mess with it.
maybe you're right.rufus
Jan 25, 2004 8:43 PM
perhaps he could build exactly what you wanted if you were prepared to wait for it. i know mondonico built the 20th anniversary torelli out of foco, and they build the torelli nitro express with foco. mauro mondonico has got a new bike for himself built out of ultrafoco, and bill at torelli has said that you can get a frame built by the mondonicos fillet brazed if you requested.

I suppose i could have had my frame built out of foco if i'd wanted, but i really wanted to use EL-OS. figure at my size it was the best choice as well. ordered my frame at the end of september and no idea when it's going to be finished, sometime in the spring was what i was told to expect. perfect timing anyway, just as the roads start drying up.

so perhaps you could get them to build you a track frame/funny bike if your shop owner can get together with bill and work things out. i suppose it's worth a shot to ask. .
yes they do and no, no, no to trialtir!Bonked
Jan 25, 2004 12:54 PM
you can get a custom colnago and it might take a while (remember that they are italian and, for better or worse, they work on an italian timeline). however, i wouldn't even think about going through trialtir b/c they will rape you on the price and it will probably take longer than necessary. personally, i wouldn't even think about a colnago, custom or otherwise, and not get it from the maestro. he hooked me up with my bike for roughly half of what us retail is and is absolutely wonderful to deal with. he knows the guys at the colnago shop and talks directly to them, so you won't have to go through 18 middle men like you would if you go to the lbs. definitely give him a call!