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My first “official” Italian bike

Old 09-09-19, 08:47 AM
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My first “official” Italian bike

I purchased this Colnago frame on EBay after getting suckered into going there. I innocently entered 63cm just to see what came up then I fell in love. I spent too much and then needed to buy everything to build it up.
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Campy front derailleur, Dura Ace crankset purchased used, New 11 speed Ultegra brifters and rear derailleur, 105 cassette, connex chain. R500 Shimano wheels and 25mm Vittoria tires. I wish I could use bigger tires but I am still smitten with it.

Edit: It came with a Dura Ace bottom bracket and brake calipers and an Ultegra seat post. It also came with the bars and stem.

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That bike is beautiful. That's a heck of a bike for a "first" Italian bike.

The inability to run larger tires is one of the reasons I've been on the look out for an older Italian frame with more generous tire clearance.
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This was after I swore I was finished purchasing any more bike or frames. It took some major groveling and a one thousand dollar cash gift for her birthday.
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That's a gorgeous frame; I think the geometry isn't far off my Colnago "Competition" with Columbus Crystal tubing. 25mm is very tight at the chainstays.

Grey or white bar tape, grey or white cable housing, and tan wall tyres, would set that off nicely.

It's always a nice ego-boost to have your bike be the one that turns heads at the coffee stop!
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Bit of a mix bike. Old/New, East meets West, silver/grey, black/purple.
For me, the chrome is what I would highlight.

Given the pay-off, I truly hope the bike delivers a nice ROI.
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Oh wow, beautiful bike. How does it ride? I have a similarly equipped '80 Colnago Super and it's a blast.
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Italian/

very nice frame.
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Oh wow, beautiful bike. How does it ride? I have a similarly equipped '80 Colnago Super and it's a blast.
Though I have gotten used to riding on fatter rubber it is a great ride. I am waiting for it to quit raining as it is at the moment pristine but I want to ride it.
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Though I have gotten used to riding on fatter rubber it is a great ride. I am waiting for it to quit raining as it is at the moment pristine but I want to ride it.
Ah yes... bummer. It's raining here too. :\
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@deephate, I have to ask. If this is your first "official" Italian bike which was your first "unofficial" Italian bike?
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@deephate, I have to ask. If this is your first "official" Italian bike which was your first "unofficial" Italian bike?
I have two Japanese Bianchi's
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I once looked at a Tommasini and didn't buy it. That was about 20 years ago but I have regretted it since. It was five hundred and all campy....but I was strapped. AND it was my size, that's the kicker!
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That frameset is gorgeous!
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That is a beauty, congratulations.
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That's a beautiful bike - I would say the birthday gift (bribe?) was well worth it!
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Nicely done. I love me some chrome lugs! Tecnos, I believe used the same geometry as the Master. I've always heard that model has a weight limit, leading me to think it was made with lighter tube set. Enjoy!
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Nice frame; I need that in a 52 cm!
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Did I mention a Chris King headset came along with it?? I can't seem to ride anything else now!
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So your plan is to start at the top and work your way down?
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Mighty fine!

Looks terrific just as finished but Fizik makes a 2mm thick perforated tape in silver.
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Compliments on your first Italian! Enjoy it!
I have a near twin to that frame in a 58. Yours looks like either a 1996 or 1997 model, based on the seatpost cluster. I've had mine for nearly twenty years and it is easily my favorite bike.
In my case I bought this a few months after my first marriage fell apart, thus avoiding any awkward explanations or reparations. I rode it for years with a total mish mash of drivetrain parts before putting the current groupset on it about a year and a half ago. I know triples aren't cool, but my 57-year-old legs are happier knowing there's a bailout gear.
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Wow that purple tubing fade is fantastic, especially with the offsetting chrome.

What Campy FD is that, does it work perfectly, and why did you use that instead of a 105/Ultegra/DA? Not criticizing, but genuinely curious since I didnt know a Campy FD with current gen Shimano 11sp is a thing.
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Wow that purple tubing fade is fantastic, especially with the offsetting chrome.

What Campy FD is that, does it work perfectly, and why did you use that instead of a 105/Ultegra/DA? Not criticizing, but genuinely curious since I didnt know a Campy FD with current gen Shimano 11sp is a thing.
My LBS gave it to me after I took the frame to him to show it off. I just left it there and it works perfectly with the DA crankset and Ultegra shifter. Funny, in my old age I am rarely on the big ring with the exception on this build.
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Beautiful frame. Not my style of crank but …… I thoroughly enjoy my 83 Surperissimo. Great ride. Just 2 cm too small. The Pinarello is also a great ride. I can't wait to try out the De Rosa!
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