vintage colnago or de rosa?

harris314
harris314 Posts: 4
edited August 2009 in Road buying advice
i have little knowledge about the best models of classic colnago or de rosa's. could someone recommend the classic models for each? also how would one of these ride compared to a new carbon derosa or colnago?

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  • Gazzetta67
    Gazzetta67 Posts: 1,890
    Just Bought a Colnago Extreme carbon done in the Saronni colours of the 80s
    Stunning paint Job.....had the same paint job 20 years ago on my Colnago Super with
    Columbus SL Tubing. . you cant beat the feel and ride quality of a Colnago - well a top end one thats made in Italy.

    As for De rosa can only think back to the early 90s were the Ballan Team rode Beauty`s of De Rosa`s ala berzin. Moreno Argentin.
  • Chip \'oyler
    Chip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    De Rosa Primato
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  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    Colnago Master.

    New bike. Traditional steel. Sorted.

    You know you want to :wink:
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,261
    A recent edition of, I think, ProCycling (or it might have been Cycle Sport) did a comparison between a current carbon road bike and a traditional steel road bike, with some elite French amateurs as the test riders.

    Without fail the carbon bike was faster on the test runs, with every rider complaining about the lack of stiffness of the steel frame. They also found it much harder work to descend at speed on the steel frame. It's worth looking for a copy, but also worth bearing in mind that these guys are racing cyclists, so riding a bike hard.

    I've owned both traditional and modern Colnago and De Rosa bikes. All of them were good to ride but I just think modern bikes are so superior to the classic steel frames that riding a traditional bike is like taking a step back in time. They are great for steady rides to the local poseur's cafe but just don't cut it when racing or riding hard.

    If I were to choose a traditional frame now I'd go for a De Rosa, as Ugo De Rosa was widely acclaimed as the finest steel framebuilder of his era.
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,261
    I've just checked and it's the August edition of ProCycling that has the article that compares a 2009 Lapierre with a 1983 Pinarello.
  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    andyp wrote:
    A recent edition of, I think, ProCycling (or it might have been Cycle Sport) did a comparison between a current carbon road bike and a traditional steel road bike, with some elite French amateurs as the test riders.

    Without fail the carbon bike was faster on the test runs, with every rider complaining about the lack of stiffness of the steel frame. They also found it much harder work to descend at speed on the steel frame. It's worth looking for a copy, but also worth bearing in mind that these guys are racing cyclists, so riding a bike hard.

    I've owned both traditional and modern Colnago and De Rosa bikes. All of them were good to ride but I just think modern bikes are so superior to the classic steel frames that riding a traditional bike is like taking a step back in time. They are great for steady rides to the local poseur's cafe but just don't cut it when racing or riding hard.

    If I were to choose a traditional frame now I'd go for a De Rosa, as Ugo De Rosa was widely acclaimed as the finest steel framebuilder of his era.

    Are you racing or riding for fun?

    I am riding for fun so the softer frame is more comfortable and I am happy with my choice. The De Rosa would be a nice choice too. Life can't be bad if that is your options 8)
    My choice would have been different if I were racing.

    The choice is yours :P
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • Chip \'oyler
    Chip \'oyler Posts: 2,323
    Have a look at these alternatives

    http://www.tommasini.com/telai/tecno.html

    http://www.milanicycles.com/

    The Milani Replica is beautiful
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