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    and yet, another C50

    It's more than a year since I last posted the PR38.

    Well, here's my new Colnago..
    Just can't deny the fact that nothing rides like a Colnago..
    having ridden a significant fleet of high-end bikes, a Colnago's handling is simply top notch especially in smaller sizes.

    here's the built list
    1. Colnago C50 '08, size 51/ 52.7cm horizontal top tube / Carbon 75 fork
    2. Campagnolo SR 2011 groupset
    3. Selle Italia SLR C64
    4. Colnago 28mm seatpost by WR Compositi
    5. Easton EC90 in 42cm end to end.
    6. Extralite OC 100mm stem
    7. Chris King sotte voce 1 1/8inch/ black
    8. BTP Cage
    9. Look Keo Blade Ti
    10. AX Orion
    11. LW Std Gen III tubulars
    12. Tune skewers
    13. Cateye Strada Wireless

    Total weight: 13.56lbs / 6150 grams.

    Enjoy the pics.

















    Last edited by Maverick; 04-08-2012 at 08:56 AM.

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    WOW, that is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    It's more than a year since I last posted the PR38.

    Well, here's my new Colnago..
    Just can't deny the fact that nothing rides like a Colnago..
    having ridden a significant fleet of high-end bikes, a Colnago's handling is simply top notch especially in smaller sizes.
    Hey Mav, beautifully done!!! She looks incredible with those wheels.

    Do you still have your Time VXRS? I have always wanted a Time VXR or VXRS too. Can you compare the Time vs Colnago? Thanks!
    Ordered and Fitted for my Custom DEAN Titanium frame on Sept 17th, 2008. Finally got it in Oct, 2010!!!

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    Very nice,

    How are your mind schemes you elaborate to justify having 2 C-50s ?

    I can't blame you, you know I am also guilty of having a bit too many Colnagos.

    I love my C-50, deeply. however I don't plan to buy another, even though having a "backup" C-50 is not a bad idea at all.

    The Lux Dream have, that is setup exactly the same as my C-50, is not at all a bad bike neither, handles and rides just as well, stiffer yes, heavier yes, but well that was the plan, to have an exact duplicate of the C-50 but on a full metal bike.
    Last edited by Salsa_Lover; 04-08-2012 at 05:28 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by zank
    They're just bikes. Ride 'em in the rain, salt, snow and crap to fully appreciate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
    The thing about the cold is that you can never tell how cold it is from looking out a kitchen window. You have to dress up, get out training and when you come back, you then know how cold it is.

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    @Ride-Fly,

    Yes, it's still with me - you can still see the VXRS Ulteam at the foreground.
    I bought this bike brand new in 2007, cost me a bomb back then.

    VXRS is one of the best bikes I've ridden so far. It climbs very well, approx 100-200 grams lighter than the C50, is ultra responsive. The built quality is very consistent throughout, attention to detail is just amazing (I dare say TIME is a step above Colnago in terms of attention to details)

    So then, what makes the Colnago C50 special in comparison to the VXRS?
    The handling (VXRS is a tad twitchy on smaller sizes), ride quality, smoothness.
    C50 will never be the stiffest, the most responsive nor the lightest of all bikes.
    But it is THE bike with the most balance of all riding characteristics.
    It is a bike which will do it all and get you back home feeling fresh

    @Salsa,

    The reason for the new C50 is due to the smaller size, which fits me perfectly.
    The PR38 is a size 52, with a 53.1cm toptube.
    The new STSL is a size 51, with a 52.7cm toptube and 75deg seat angle.
    Simply perfect.
    and oh yes, another Colnago is in the works

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    nice!

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    It's a pitty the PR38 is not on your right size, that is such a beautiful paintjob.

    I got an offer to buy a 54cm C50 on PR38 but I passed, the 56 is really perfect for me. Even though I can make it ft with a 1cm longer stem and 1 spacer under the stem it is just not the same. The 56 is indeed optimal for me.

    This is something that sounds senseless to somebody who hasn't experienced many frames and stem combinations. I have had Colnagos in 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 52s... the 56 is the winner.

    The Colnagos come in 23 sizes for a reason
    Quote Originally Posted by zank
    They're just bikes. Ride 'em in the rain, salt, snow and crap to fully appreciate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
    The thing about the cold is that you can never tell how cold it is from looking out a kitchen window. You have to dress up, get out training and when you come back, you then know how cold it is.

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    what is this color code? It's amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenacycle View Post
    what is this color code? It's amazing!
    I think it's called STSL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenacycle View Post
    what is this color code? It's amazing!
    I saw a NOS STSL 56cm C50 on eBay not long ago, they were asking around 2500 for it, that would fit us I reckon
    Quote Originally Posted by zank
    They're just bikes. Ride 'em in the rain, salt, snow and crap to fully appreciate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
    The thing about the cold is that you can never tell how cold it is from looking out a kitchen window. You have to dress up, get out training and when you come back, you then know how cold it is.

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    @Salsa,

    I got mine from R&A Cycles.
    Heard of some mix reviews, but nonetheless I
    had a pleasant and positive review so far.

    Prompt email replies, great customer service.
    Phillip Cabbad is great to deal with.

    And yes, the color code is STSL.

    Cheers!

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    I have never seen that color before! If that color was available in the EPS, I'd be all over it

    I ordered the 56 EPS AMIT from R&A. It has been delivered to the postal outlet down at the US border. I am waiting for an email notification from them to pick up as we speak. I hope in a couple hours time, I will have the new frame in my hand! I'm excited

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    Magnificent!

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    The C50 is so much nicer than the Time imo .....

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    Nice bike and build, Mav.
    I'm slightly biased though as I have the same C50 STSL with '09 Campy Record 10, but with a full TTT cockpit, Mavic R-Sys, and Look Keo.

    Big +1 agreement that it's the best balanced performance around.
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    "I'm on my beater bike."
    Translation:
    I had this baby custom-made in Cambiago using carbon-fibre blessed by the Pope. I took it to a wind tunnel and it disappeared. It weighs less than a fart and costs more than a divorce.

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    fecking beautiful
    Quote Originally Posted by zank
    They're just bikes. Ride 'em in the rain, salt, snow and crap to fully appreciate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
    The thing about the cold is that you can never tell how cold it is from looking out a kitchen window. You have to dress up, get out training and when you come back, you then know how cold it is.

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    Seksay!

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    how do you find the LW tubulars? I feel like getting one set of those....

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    i've had a couple of tubular wheelsets previously, namely Enve/Edge 45mm, 65mm, Bora Ultras, Reynolds RZR.
    Sold all but kept the RZR and LW Tub, guess you know the reason why..
    personally, LW is still my favourite.

    cheers.

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    I almost bought that frame from RA a few weeks back. Good for you.

    I ride a 52CM specialized and was too concerned about the stand over (short legs). C50 was just enough longer in the seat tube for my comfort.

    Enjoy. I'mm keep hunting down my PR00 in a 48sloping

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    hey mav remember to change out that brake cable.......there is a strand missing I know it looks nice i did it on purpose on derailleur cables but it really wrecks the casing and weakens the cable
    Colnago C50 WX07 54......
    if you don't fall off, you're not trying hard enough.

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    Mav, must have been partying

    I think I was in the middle of two weeks on holiday when this was posted. This C50 is incredible. Not sure if it's the 75 fork or the paint scheme but it really works for me. The front triangle and head tube look like the business.

    Years ago when I worked in NYC I used to go to R&A once a month to check out the stuff. I'm sure the shop's changed since then but it used to be a warren of little rooms chock full of stuff and surly but experienced staff who pretty much left you alone to pick through the stuff.

    Campag SR and LW wheels? I'm still in economy class
    i've got limited minutes left in life, don't waste my time

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    Mav why you didn't post your Master 55 build over here too ?
    Quote Originally Posted by zank
    They're just bikes. Ride 'em in the rain, salt, snow and crap to fully appreciate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
    The thing about the cold is that you can never tell how cold it is from looking out a kitchen window. You have to dress up, get out training and when you come back, you then know how cold it is.

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    @FrenchNago,

    the AX Lightness Orion brakecalipers comes with tiny cylindrical shells to clamp on the brake cables. it's impossible to insert the brake cables thru the shells without having to cut away some of the brake wires. hence the exposed bits.
    anyway, thanks for the heads up, will do some 'brake wire housekeeping' later

    @boneman,

    you're a man with vast knowledge when it comes to bikes. hats off to you buddy.
    there has been mix reviews on R&A so far, though i've only got good things to say. the customer service is top notch as far as i know. Philip Cabbad is the man in charge of the transaction. great guy and highly recommended!

    @Salsa,

    opps! didn't know you frequent weightweenies as well
    sure, will post a thread on the Master 55 in a week or two. it's my summer project!

    cheers!

    PS: the Colnago WC PR38 frameset/fork has been sold.

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    There are a number of forums I read from time to time but rarely post anything. I think I post enough nonsense over here already

    Weight Weenies, Velocipede,bdc forum etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by zank
    They're just bikes. Ride 'em in the rain, salt, snow and crap to fully appreciate them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Kelly
    The thing about the cold is that you can never tell how cold it is from looking out a kitchen window. You have to dress up, get out training and when you come back, you then know how cold it is.

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