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itsflantastic
08-23-2010, 10:13 PM
Any reason why I shouldn't buy a colnago master from 2007 that I found sitting in a local(ish) shop? It has all alloy campy chorus unused, and it fits. Right now the wheels are fulcrum racing 7 but I plan on swapping those out for some hand built wheels.

It would be my main ride and race bike, and since it's all older stuff, I'd get the bike for just a touch more than the price of the frame new.

Your opinions please! Anyone with experience with this bike please chime in. I only get to spend this much money once every great while so I want to make sure I do it right. . .

Thanks!

dekindy
08-23-2010, 10:28 PM
Master which model? Carbon, steel, light, xlight, etc? I can't help you but whoever can may want a little more information about the bike and you.

itsflantastic
08-23-2010, 10:42 PM
oh whoops, it's the steel one. It has a clover shaped top tube too. Is this enough information?

Nil Else
08-23-2010, 10:55 PM
If 2007, then it must be MxL. I'm not exactly sure what kinda money you're talking about though... economy being the way it is I'm thinking I've seen some great deals pop up as there are many out there wanting to unload but holding on coz they just don't fetch as much these days (like everything else). However if you think the price is right I'd get it. Can't go wrong with steel Nags. The only thing I'd watch out is the paint scheme: certain odd ones just don't seem to sell well, ie, just in case if you want to sell it later.

Edit: I have 2 of them. Colnago Masters rank high up on the list of frames I never regretted having in my stable.

itsflantastic
08-23-2010, 11:02 PM
it's pretty darn close to this. . . not my first choice. There was something pretty great about the ride though.

Anyone else have experience with this frame?

Thanks!

StellaBlue
08-23-2010, 11:11 PM
I hated mine and sold it after 14 months. Never jived w/ me.

http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/5595/img0887g.jpg (http://img835.imageshack.us/i/img0887g.jpg/)

itsflantastic
08-23-2010, 11:18 PM
interesting! was there anything in particular that you did not like? maybe the better question is - what is your current ideal ride like? different material altogether, fit, geometry?

thanks!

StellaBlue
08-23-2010, 11:37 PM
interesting! was there anything in particular that you did not like? maybe the better question is - what is your current ideal ride like? different material altogether, fit, geometry?

thanks!

Different geo, tubing and construction... I like oversized tubes and I'm no longer a fan of Lugs..

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/4746/img4196e.jpg (http://img819.imageshack.us/i/img4196e.jpg/)

tiretrax
08-23-2010, 11:49 PM
isn't that trading up?

itsflantastic
08-23-2010, 11:51 PM
i sure can't afford a peg right now. . . my upper limit for a complete bike is 3K and that's a stretch.

FlashUNC
08-24-2010, 09:54 AM
A riding buddy of mine had a MasterXLight in the late 90's. Swore by the thing. Will never be the lightest thing around, though I don't know how big a concern that is for you.

cmg
08-24-2010, 10:47 AM
i rode this beauty for 4 seasons. Why did i sell it? wrong size, i needed something smaller. Did my first MS150 on it. This one always put me in the mood to push it. Never failed even on a recovery ride, always going as fast as i could. When you build the custom wheels just use light rims and you should be fine. if i could find a 48-49 cheap i'd have one again.

JMerring
08-24-2010, 10:52 AM
I'm no longer a fan of Lugs..


Why not? Do they contribute to or detract from ride quality or performance generally? I'm lusting after a steel master x-lite myself and always thought lugs were more about aesthetics than anything else. Am I wrong?

snah
08-24-2010, 11:04 AM
Picked mine up off Craigslist, http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=68435.

Killer deal, bike only had a couple hundred miles, full Chorus with Shamal wheels. Since the photo, I've changed the saddle to a white Selle Italia Flite Gel Flow with white bar tape. Absolutely love the ride. Got the bike for $1200.

Lovetoclimb
08-24-2010, 11:44 AM
Built mine up as a training and long distance bike. It is a 59cm older stock model, do not think it is the reproduction from the recent years.

Full Athena 11 gruppo, because the price was right, and I can swap the rear wheel to my race bike if sorely needed.

Found a killer buy here of Chorus hubs built to Ambrosio Excellence rims painted in the MXL blue, to match that bit of my frame perfectly.

The only thing left is a soon to be purchased Brooks Swift or Swallow to keep it spritely but provide a bit of comfort over the longer efforts. I just completed Pelotonia 2010 plue 260 miles of bike travel to get to/from the ride in Columbus Ohio, and oddly enough, cracked my 2nd Specialized Toupe saddle . . . don't think I will be buying their product anymore. And for reference I am 6'3" 170 lbs.

I have even raced my MXL in a few crits, and hill challenges while my race bike was not available, and it did well enough. Regular riding/training on it is great though as the steel draws out all of the ugliness in one's pedal stroke. It will make you faster when you begin noticing and correcting the inefficient power transfer.

Good luck picking that one up!

soulspinner
08-24-2010, 12:19 PM
Recommend the carbon fork, that 700 plus gram steel fork on mine rode too stiffly in the vertical plane.......Campy 10 still rocks. :banana:

steampunk
08-24-2010, 04:09 PM
itflantastic - when it comes to a Colnago, follow your heart.

i did... and got this NOS Master B-stay a while back. i still have this project on the slow-cooker (other bills have been taking priority :crap: ), snagging stuff on eBay etc. a complete groupset is all i need now.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b386/rayovolks/ColnagoMBS/IMG_0001_r_c.jpg

lovetoclimb - do you have photo of yours? would like to see how Athena 11 + ambrosios complete the look. the wheelset i've got for my build is pretty close. an all-black affair with record hubs, ambrosio excellights, and black spokes.

Lovetoclimb
08-24-2010, 04:27 PM
Heavy cleaning is in order tonight, then I will put some pictures up.

cmg
08-24-2010, 05:07 PM
what size is that ?

itflantastic - when it comes to a Colnago, follow your heart.

i did... and got this NOS Master B-stay a while back. i still have this project on the slow-cooker (other bills have been taking priority :crap: ), snagging stuff on eBay etc. a complete groupset is all i need now.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b386/rayovolks/ColnagoMBS/IMG_0001_r_c.jpg

lovetoclimb - do you have photo of yours? would like to see how Athena 11 + ambrosios complete the look. the wheelset i've got for my build is pretty close. an all-black affair with record hubs, ambrosio excellights, and black spokes.

Dosebase02
08-24-2010, 05:39 PM
This is a sweet bike for sure..idk your geometry but I love the look of it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/COLNAGO-MASTER-FRAMESET-56cm-C-T-SUPERB-/140444140696?pt=Road_Bikes

Nil Else
08-24-2010, 06:36 PM
This is a sweet bike for sure..idk your geometry but I love the look of it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/COLNAGO-MASTER-FRAMESET-56cm-C-T-SUPERB-/140444140696?pt=Road_Bikes

That's a rare paint scheme.

Dosebase02
08-24-2010, 06:38 PM
It's not very expensive either..

steampunk
08-24-2010, 10:04 PM
what size is that ?

a 49.

lovetoclimb - look forward to the pics, thanks!

rickbb
08-25-2010, 10:02 AM
I sold this (acquired last year on the Forum) in the spring and still have seller's remorse. Wonderful ride and handling but I was always so conscious of the paint's fragility that it detracted.
The ecstatic buyer, however, may name his first-born for me.
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab98/rickbb58/Colnagolores.jpg?t=1282744696