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Should I consider this 90's Colnago for $900?

Old 12-19-19, 04:58 PM
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Should I consider this 90's Colnago for $900?

Somewhat local to me, only picture I have right now.

What I can see:
lame seat post? Ugly stem with adapter, probably ugly bars. Perhaps the wrong fork? This not a sketchy sale, but the lady has moved on. In fact, she used the term "N-1". She will measure for me tonight.

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Old 12-19-19, 05:07 PM
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Thanks. I wasn't sure which would be the most appropriate place.

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Do you know what components it has?
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Do you know what components it has?
Campy Chorus, probably 9 speed. Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset, not sure what else

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American Classic seatpost. The bottle cages are American Classic, too.

Is $900 the price-point at which to start bargaining?

Sounds like a nice mix of parts, but yeah, I wouldn't want to have to mess about with possibility of having to swap out the bars and stem on top of $900. After replacing these parts, then re-cabling and re-taping, you're easily out another $100 in parts/time.

Beautiful frame, though - it looks to have seen no abuse and little hard use. The other components are nothing to shake a stick at, either. I don't know how to value it, however, if I'm honest. I only have one bike with components of similar age/technology and I've never even considered what it might be worth. 90s Colnago frame in super shape = good money. But how good?

Shoot, I'm not helping, am I?

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She used the phrase "n-1" to describe herself. I crossed the "n+1" bridge and blew it up behind me, a long time ago.

I will ask if she has "the old parts".
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I usually would think $900 would be a realistic deal. The hideous stem/bar combo along with the cheapskate seat post has me thinking lower. The appropriate Campy seat post could cost you $100. Look at that freakin' spacer on the headset. Crazy. Was this originally a quill stem bike? If so, you will need the appropriate Cinelli bar/stem combo. I'd want to be at the $900 price point after I acquired the appropriate replacements.
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To me, the replacement fork is the most worrisome.
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Originally Posted by himespau View Post
To me, the replacement fork is the most worrisome.
Shouldn't an early to mid 90's bike like this have a straight legged fork? --- hmmmmm
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Shouldn't an early to mid 90's bike like this have a straight legged fork? --- hmmmmm
To be fair, I dislike the aesthetics of a straight-legged fork. For me, if I had the coin to drop on a Colnago, that might be reason enough for a replacement fork without a crash.
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To be fair, I dislike the aesthetics of a straight-legged fork. For me, if I had the coin to drop on a Colnago, that might be reason enough for a replacement fork without a crash.
Exactly.
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Entry level C95, worth maybe about half the asking price.
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Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
Entry level C95, worth maybe about half the asking price.
Thanks. I couldnt figure out what model.
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Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
Entry level C95, worth maybe about half the asking price.

what planet do you reside on where clean Colnagos are floating about for $450 - even in this repressed market?
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Same planet as you, just a different continent.
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Soooo, while were on this subject.....
Any opinions on, this has been for sale for $850, for two weeks in California.(100 miles from the ocean so I wonder why the lugs have rust, and why the guy wouldn't clean it up. Also, yet another fork replacement​​​​​​)


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I wouldn’t necessarily consider that a replacement fork. I think you could get that one with the carbon fork. I personally like the steel fork better. I don’t really see the rust, but tiny spots on the chrome will clean up easily. I don’t think that price is completely out of line for a Master frame with some matching bits. Maybe you can get it for $750 if it’s been sitting for a while.
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Cheers:

I have a C-95 same paint, Campy Record, straight fork. Good bike, not quite as much a rocket as my old Master, but good. The "entry level" thing originated from the original Colnago catalogue. IMO nothing entry level about it. Paint is fragile. $450 would be a steal; don't recall ever seeing one for more than about $1200. Quite rare as they only made them a couple of years.
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I have a C-95 same paint, Campy Record, straight fork. Good bike, not quite as much a rocket as my old Master, but good. The "entry level" thing originated from the original Colnago catalogue. IMO nothing entry level about it. Paint is fragile. $450 would be a steal; don't recall ever seeing one for more than about $1200. Quite rare as they only made them a couple of years.
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Do you consider the Master a rocket then? All i have to compare to is a 1973 colnago super, and a 2017 aluminium cx bike.
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Soooo, while were on this subject.....
Any opinions on, this has been for sale for $850, for two weeks in California.(100 miles from the ocean so I wonder why the lugs have rust, and why the guy wouldn't clean it up. Also, yet another fork replacement​​​​​​)


original owner, purchased 2001, had many different iterations over the years.
...I think that might be local to me. Stuff does get rusty here sometimes, because we have wet winters. And both Italian chrome and Italian paint are famously fragile. I don't think anything is selling on the CL here right now for more than 4-500 bucks, because it's been raining on and off pretty steady for about a month and a half. Someone will eventually buy it, but it's neither my style nor my size.
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