Colnago

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 23 Feb 2017.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I know lm always asking silly questions but ca you explain what it is about Colnago bikes that rings everyones bell and are they worth the prices they attract ?
     
  2. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    No bell ringing here.......

    Shaun
     
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  3. zizou

    zizou Veteran

    Their heritage, the high end ones are still made in Italy, the paint jobs and how they ride and handle (although ive never owned a Colnago to verify this)

    Are they worth the price premium? For me no but if i had a bigger budget then my opinion would be different :biggrin:
     
  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    Heritage.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    I get you, but if not Colnago is there a bike or manufacturer that is deservedly head and shoulders above the rest in the vintage/classic bike world ?
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Yes "you pays your money and you makes your choice"
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    [QUOTE 4695591, member: 259"]For the steel bikes it's the beautiful tubing, the immaculate welding and brazing, and the athletic looks, as well as the often completely mad colours.[/QUOTE]
    Fair enough, combination of fine workmanship and aesthetics....hard to beat !
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    I was going to buy one 27 years ago, but I was putting the new Dura Ace 8 speed on it, which is wrong, so I went to a local builder who used the same tubing as Colnago, and I spent the same amount.
     
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  9. midlife

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    Tricky as it's very subjective, after all it's just a set of steel tubes joined at the ends.....my Kevin Sayles bottom bracket in my avatar is a work of art :smile:.

    BITD the frame makers made very tiny frames about a foot long to show off their wares and they all looked as "good" as what Colnago turned out. I'll have a google for an example.

    Shaun
     
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    woodbutcher

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    True, and it is a lovely piece of hidden workmanship !
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    And lm guessing that you were just as happy, or perhaps not, l can't tell from your reply ?
     
  12. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Carlton Jewel

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    Even lowly Carlton could turn out some classy work..

    Shaun
     
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  13. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    Happier as the bike is a one off with custom paint. I just couldn't put Japanese parts on an Italian bike, and the new DA was better than Record.
     
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  14. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Maybe it's the same hype that surrounds Ferrari, not the fastest/best looking/reliable car in the world but strangely revered.
    For myself a bit of British engineering/construction does more and don't forget that when Enzo Ferrari himself was asked "What is the most beautiful car" he instantly said

    "this"

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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    And l havn't checked the spoiler but l know it was the E-Type. It was beautiful , and fast and l have driven one from the 1960's can't remember the precise year but it scared the proverbial out of me, narrow wheel base,skinny tyres and bloody cable brakes ! Im not in the least unpatriotic l hope but my absolute favourite motorised transport is my Ducati 748s {it is two wheels after all}.
     
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