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Corrado/Gavia replacement arrived last night(15 posts)

Corrado/Gavia replacement arrived last nightboneman
Jan 28, 2004 2:10 PM
NOS Tecnos 2000. Columbus Nivachrome tubing, formerly EL OS but changed in spec with shaped top and down tubes. Prescia fork as well. Internal rear brake cable (of which I'm not a big fan), horizontal drop outs and neat touches like the cable stop for the rear derailleur housing cast into the dropout end of the chainstay.

The paint's a beautiful, deep metallic blue. Not bad for $440. Doing the Frame Saver bit over the weekend but probably not building it up until early March when the weather improves.
Decent lug workboneman
Jan 28, 2004 2:11 PM
Might not use the Prescia fork but one of the carbon one's I have lying around. Sacrilege but save the original for later and save some weight for now.
Need to clean up the chrome and face off the head tubeboneman
Jan 28, 2004 2:13 PM
I have no idea what the weight is but the finish is nice. We shall see how it rides when built.
Cool bike. Quite elegant. nmmapei boy
Jan 28, 2004 2:27 PM
re: Corrado/Gavia replacement arrived last nightds5200
Jan 28, 2004 4:10 PM
Did you find this model mail order or was it at a lbs? I'm looking to build up an "average" price(around$400-$500) steel frame with personality. I have the parts, just looking for a frame.
Jan 28, 2004 11:00 PM
Ultimately sold by a bike shop out of the Netherlands. Auction closed out over the December holidays and fell into a bit of a hole as lots of people seem to lose interest over Xmas and New Years.
re: Careful about facing a chromed headtubeTommasini1
Jan 28, 2004 4:44 PM
Go easy on facing the headtube - I had a Tommasini with chromed head lugs - they didn't look too bad but I wanted it just right - well due to the hardness of the chrome the cutters don't cut much of anything - push a little harder might end up chipping the chrome off (including down the side where you will see it).

So think twice, go easy if you do still try to face it.

Good Luck - pretty bike!
re: reallyRusty Coggs
Jan 28, 2004 7:11 PM
I had one severely chipped where it could be seen, by a ham fisted hack. Others that have not been faced have presented no problem.
Rusty and Irio- Interestingboneman
Jan 28, 2004 11:08 PM
I thought about that briefly, damaging the chrome, and then promptly forgot. It's definitely been reamed.

I may just do a little gentle file work and clean up some rough edges. Going to use either an FSA Orbit X, Chris King or Record headset which I've used in unfaced frames without incident.
AlsoRusty Coggs
Jan 29, 2004 6:44 AM
It helps to clean up the inside edge where the cups insert to prevent matal shaving off them.
Finest Colnago I've seen in a whilecollinsc
Jan 28, 2004 4:56 PM
Though terry b's Dream was nice too :)

You must use the Prescia fork though! A very elegant frame you have there, dont ruin it with some chunky carbon thing.

How'd you get that for $440? (and where the hell was I at the time?!) Looks a fantastic bargain.
Beautiful frame and love the lugs!SPINDAWG
Jan 28, 2004 6:21 PM
Nice frame boneman, that's one heck of a bargain you've stumbled upon. I'm lovin' that color blue,and it looks fast! Can't wait to hear a full ride report. I'd put a Colnago fork on that bad boy, but thats me! Enjoy your new ride!
hey boneman, use the Precisa fork!lonefrontranger
Jan 28, 2004 7:24 PM
I've got one on my Dream 'Cross and tho it's a 'cross fork, not a road fork, it sure rides nice. Same trail.

I am certainly digging on that blue. Here's a link to a shot of me giving some love to my Dream 'Cross :)
That looks like work!boneman
Jan 28, 2004 11:15 PM
Great stuff and looks like a lot of fun. Dream cross huh! You've clearly gone out of your way to find what you like, a good thing. I'm originally from NYC and New England area so the cross is generally a lot wetter.

The vote seems overwhelmingly in favor of the Prescia fork. It's a beauty but the weight weeny always says, "Come to the dark side. Together we can drop a few grams." We shall see.
Ditto,hey boneman, use the Precisa fork!Spunout
Jan 29, 2004 5:27 AM
I miss the action of my old Colnago's fork, as it buzzed back and forth soaking up the road.

Don't let anyone tell you that carbon does the same thing.

If you do try both, please post a comparative result here! I've yet to see a Sachs with a carbon fork, although he's a retro-grouch his frames are raced competitively.