Colnago and Campagnolo
Fermapiedi Posts: 16
edited October 2008 in The bottom bracket
Am I missing something? Why is it that Colnago bikes are routinely sold with Shimano groupsets. Is it a contractual thing or is there some history I'm not aware of?- Or is it I just don't know where to look?
My Bianchi came with a Shimano set.
Since I won it in ProCycling's TdF competition several years ago (Armstrong won with a 6-06 gap, IIRC) I wasn't complaining then & I'm not now.
Your answer is to buy frame & the rest seperately, then build it yourself, as we used to do years ago with the likes of the Paramounts & Aendes that were the dream bikes of my youth!
It's because it is reliable, it looks good and it works, and it's not so far to ship the components to Taiwan ;-)
I prefer the build up myself route - if you buy off the peg you invariable end up swapping bits (saddle, bars, wheels, tyres etc) to suit personal preference.
I've always found it to work out cheaper, to self build a bike, especially if the bike will cost >£700.
You just need a bit of patience and know where to look for the bargains.
I agree with Red - just built up an Enigma Etape with Centuar and Kysrium Elites for less than the complete model option with lesser wheels. Plus I won;t need to swap the saddle, bar width etc.
Even gone a little further than 'slow' ( he won't like me saying this probably ) by buying the etape frame from source and saved a further six hundred quid or so . It just lacks the head tube badge and tube transfers . Stuck a Chorus gruppo on it . Again , shopped around and saved two to three hundred on my LBS price .
I haven't seen a production bike that I wouldn't 'improve' in some way or other . So , ultimately , paying more in the end . Begin from scratch .
I did then put mine through the work bike scheme, so only cost me 50% of the sum of the parts, so I'm happy
That' s top stuff 'Slow...' !! !
Now , if only we could somehow make it attractive to the guys who mend the roads to cycle to work ..... :roll:
Me too - good for honing maintenance skills, easier to get the bike specced just how you'd like it, and by shopping around and dipping into the 2nd-hand market, you can get a pretty good bike on a limited budget.