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Colnago Team Bike ca. 1993 with Columbus EL - What IS this??

Old 05-07-18, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
Ask him if he kept the fork?

It depends on where the bike is located but I don't think you should pay much more than $1000. Not just because of the missing fork, but, in general, vintage bike prices are way down compared to a few years ago.

If the seller wants a lot more, walk, you can do better for $1000.
I appreciate your opinion. I am NOT saying this sarcastically. I wanted as many opinions as possible, based ideally on actual experience. Obviously I hope yours is wrong. I believe it is. I have been offered $500 for the wheels alone. By a bike shop that would be buying them to re-sell online (implication being theyíre worth at least double).
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Old 05-07-18, 09:49 AM
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I would take them up on their offer since I don't really like tubulars much.

Did you buy the bike?
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I am resurrecting this thread as I think 'think' I have also found a Colnago Element for sale. My only problem, I wanted to go pure Italian and I found a catalogue page that states some of these Colnago's came with Tange Prestige tubing and not Columbus. The seller must have removed the decal, because it is not on the downtube anymore. The ad states "Is a high quality frame with Tange prestige competition tubes". However the seat stays in the catalogue do not match the bike (painted vs chrome) and I have not been able to find any Elegants with the pink hues in the clover on the top tube. Obviously the bike is very dirty, is not photographed well, has mismatched tires, and generally needs a good cleaning... what do you all think?











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Originally Posted by ericlowney View Post
I am resurrecting this thread as I think 'think' I have also found a Colnago Element for sale. My only problem, I wanted to go pure Italian and I found a catalogue page that states some of these Colnago's came with Tange Prestige tubing and not Columbus. The seller must have removed the decal, because it is not on the downtube anymore. The ad states "Is a high quality frame with Tange prestige competition tubes". However the seat stays in the catalogue do not match the bike (painted vs chrome) and I have not been able to find any Elegants with the pink hues in the clover on the top tube. Obviously the bike is very dirty, is not photographed well, has mismatched tires, and generally needs a good cleaning... what do you all think?













Whoever put those tires, that saddle and pedals on that fine bicycle should have their hands cut off (not literally -- but does make one scratch their head)
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Old 09-21-22, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Whoever put those tires, that saddle and pedals on that fine bicycle should have their hands cut off (not literally -- but does make one scratch their head)
haha, agreed! A part of me wants to buy it just to rescue it, ride it a little, and then sell it
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Old 09-21-22, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ericlowney View Post
haha, agreed! A part of me wants to buy it just to rescue it, ride it a little, and then sell it

It is a wonderful bike - and those issues are easily rectified ! ---- With the seat slammed like that, it goes without saying you'd need to make sure the post moves though


I actually like yours better than the bike that started this thread 4 years ago due to the fork and period correct wheels (if the wheels have the Chorus hubset ) . I dont care what the original OP thought, -- a threadless fork setup and deep dish carbon wheels were not era correct for 1993
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Old 09-21-22, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
It is a wonderful bike - and those issues are easily rectified ! ---- With the seat slammed like that, it goes without saying you'd need to make sure the post moves though


I actually like yours better than the bike that started this thread 4 years ago due to the fork and period correct wheels (if the wheels have the Chorus hubset ) . I dont care what the original OP thought, -- a threadless fork setup and deep dish carbon wheels were not era correct for 1993
Well at least with that one you know what tubing you are getting. Columbus vs Tange. FWIW the seller is asking $750 as it has sat for 3 weeks. Needs tires, saddle, pedals, thorough cleaning, polishing/repairing of chrome, and probably a full tune-up/service. I donít think I would pay $750 for it, but thatís partly because itís at the smaller end of my size range and may need to unload it
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Originally Posted by ericlowney View Post
Well at least with that one you know what tubing you are getting. Columbus vs Tange. FWIW the seller is asking $750 as it has sat for 3 weeks. Needs tires, saddle, pedals, thorough cleaning, polishing/repairing of chrome, and probably a full tune-up/service. I donít think I would pay $750 for it, but thatís partly because itís at the smaller end of my size range and may need to unload it

$750 !!!!

LOL -- if this bike were a 53 or 54 and not a 56/57 i'd be trying to get help expediting that --- I also dont need much excuse to get away for a week to Florida --- what a great find and i wish it were your size --

However, i kinda feel the way you do - i appreciate seeing a deal, but alas if its the wrong size, we just have to sigh and move on unless its a true giveaway price
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$750 !!!!

LOL -- if this bike were a 53 or 54 and not a 56/57 i'd be trying to get help expediting that --- I also dont need much excuse to get away for a week to Florida --- what a great find and i wish it were your size --

However, i kinda feel the way you do - i appreciate seeing a deal, but alas if its the wrong size, we just have to sigh and move on unless its a true giveaway price
He actually has it measured as a 59, which according to some friends and sources "should" fit me, but my Dawes Galaxy touring bike I'm currently riding is a 24.5" / 62cm so it's kind of a gamble of if it fits. It's about 90 minutes away so I'll probably check it out and see if I can adjust the seat and ride it around the block to get a quick feel for it. That's not a great test, because I probably really need like 25-30 miles to see if it could is uncomfortable, but that's what I mean about if I can get it for a good enough price, hopefully I could get out of it if that happens (and I can't mitigate the comfort with a different stem, saddle adjustment, etc.)
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Unfortunately for me, my Colnago is a bit short at 56.5 ctc. 58-60 is my ideal size. To make the Colnago work, I use a Professional Pro saddle which has an elevated saddle to rail dimension.. It still is a great ride.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
Unfortunately for me, my Colnago is a bit short at 56.5 ctc. 58-60 is my ideal size. To make the Colnago work, I use a Professional Pro saddle which has an elevated saddle to rail dimension.. It still is a great ride.
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Ah thatís a good idea - if I end up buying it I may look into different saddles/heights
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Be forewarned that the saddle must be comfortable! I have one Pro that has been with me since 1972.
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My Colnago is nice. It's not the greatest riding bike I've ridden (that would be my Concorde Aquila that got killed when I got hit last year - though I have hopes for my Merckx Ti EX once I get it dialed in), but you'll probably not be able to pry it from my cold dead hand because it's just so darned pretty. Don't get me wrong, it's not a terrible rider, rides pretty good, actually, but I just don't feel "at one" with it. Could be the wheels or contact points, but I can't do a direct swap with those that got wrecked. Still, it's just so pretty. It's been my trainer bike (because that's where I spend most of my time), but I'm building up the new bike to replace it on the trainer so my Colnago can be my outdoor ride because I don't want to ruin it with my corrosive sweat. That's the thing about bikes that pretty, I get weird about riding them because I don't want to ruin them.
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Originally Posted by ericlowney View Post



What is the spot on the right seatstay?

I've seen those pointy lugs before, although I don't think I've encountered the "Elegant" model.

Are all the main tubes (toptube, downtube, seattube) on the frame round, or are they some other shape?
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
What is the spot on the right seatstay?

I've seen those pointy lugs before, although I don't think I've encountered the "Elegant" model.

Are all the main tubes (toptube, downtube, seattube) on the frame round, or are they some other shape?
They are round, and I really wish I had waited a day to buy it because I didnít notice that spot on the seat stay and it is a small dent/dingÖ. I made another thread with some other surprises after getting it home here:
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...o-elegant.html
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