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Compare/contrast: Colnago MXL vs. Mondonico Diamond Extra(6 posts)

Compare/contrast: Colnago MXL vs. Mondonico Diamond ExtraHouseMoney
Jan 26, 2004 1:58 PM
Keep coming back to steel for riding/training. Either one of my current aluminum bikes (C'dale CAAD5, Giant OCR) will be used for entry-level racing (crit, rr, tt), so I have that covered. I've given up trying to justify the expense of good cf or ti for my needs, so I'm narrowing my search down to these two steel frames: Mondonico Diamond Extra or Colnago Master X Light. I've looked at others, but there are reasons why I'd prefer to limit my steel options to these two (LBS club membership/race team, among others).

Setting aside geometry issues (58cm DE/60cm MXL), the DE is made of Columbus Neuron, the MXL Columbus DT15V tubing. 1.125" steerer on the Mondonico, 1" on the 'nago. Both are lugged. Would one have more detectable flex in the bb &/or rear triangle, as well as the front end (different ht diameter) for my frame sizes? I'm ~6' tall, 165-170 lbs. I like routes that involve climbs, but would also like a stable descender. Does it come down to a coin flip, depending on whether I want the flashy Colnago paint job or a single-color Mondonico? Any comments ± would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. I'll be able to jump on a 60cm Colnago Dream, so I can get a feel for the Colnago fit, albeit aluminum. I'll also be able to ride a Mondonico.
I ride an MXL....DINOSAUR
Jan 26, 2004 2:41 PM
I can't comment on the Mondonico, I had an old Geurciotti SLX in the late 80's (Mondonico and Geurciotti were in business together at one time)and it was a sweet ride. I ride a '02 Master X-Light and have never regretted it. I weigh 195-200 and I have never felt any flex in the bb or rear triangle. Like you, price was a big factor for me. I got a good deal from the owner of my LBS but the big savings was the group and wheelset. I have the LX23 (Team Rabobank) and I like it, not too flashy. I saw a Dream Plus B-Stay with the same paint scheme and it looked gaudy, too much orange for me. Another factor for me was fit (long legs, short torso) and a 59cm Nago fits me very well. The only problem I have is that I ride it too much and my Klein ends up hanging in my garage most of the time. I've never heard anyone that was not happy with their MXL. I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and do a lot of climbing. The MXL us a very stable bike and good for long rides. You can always go with one of the 'unflashy' paint jobs. If I went aluminum I'd take a look at the Dream.
All the Colnagos ride like "dreams" you can't go wrong.

My $.02 anyway....

Dino
2nd the MxLterry b
Jan 26, 2004 2:51 PM
Have not ever set eyes on the Mondonico, so I'm not going to say anything good or bad about it. I do have 2 Colnagos, a Dream and an MxL so the geometry works for me. The MxL is a stout, stable, comfortable ride, good for long hauls and short spins. Compared to the Dream it's slower and more methodical. I'm 5'11 and I was about 175 when I bought it and now I'm 155, I've never sensed any flex, anywhere on the bike. Paint jobs can be an acquired taste though mine's done in AD20 which is hardly loud (blue pearl over white with chromed lugs and blue accents.) I'd guess you'd be happy with either, but speaking from experience I'd also say you won't go wrong with the MxL for any of the reasons you've mentioned.
MXL here too...6was9
Jan 26, 2004 8:02 PM
Have you checked the RBR product reviews?

I can't say anything about Mondonico but MXL is simply a classic and I am proud to own one. Although I have other bikes(CFs & AL) I compare all bikes to my MXL.
I ride a 62cm MXL...very little flex and I weigh about 200 lb-nmColnagoFE
Jan 27, 2004 7:41 AM
re: Compare/contrast: Colnago MXL vs. Mondonico Diamond Extrastratslingr77
Jan 27, 2004 5:25 PM
Never ridden a MXL, but I own a Mondonico Futura Leggero (one level below the Diamond Extra using Columbus Nemo tubes) and it is positively a PLEASURE to ride! You'll have greater flexibility with the sizing on the Mondonico, plus you'll have something a little more unique. Mine certainly outclimbs ME and it is a stable descender--very confidence inspiring.