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Colnago Dream B Stay sizing question

Puma99Puma99 Posts: 71
edited August 2013 in Road buying advice
Can anyone help?

The lack of these available to try anywhere near me (plus their age, so rarity) means I'm in a not sure dilemma.

I am 5'11" with about a 32.5" inside leg. I have found a really nice Colnago Dream B Stay for sale with a 58cm c-c downtube and a 56cm top tube. I'm pretty certain it's going to be too big for me (ill be able to ride it, but will it be comfortable) but are there any owners or knowledge out there that might be able to advise me?



  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    There is one currently on ebay, with a 57 ST and 55 TT, I know who owns it and could put you in the right direction to view it, if you want to that is. Size wise, sorry I do not know. A test ride would determine (roughly) if it fits you. This might help you size wise, depending on where you are.
  • mrdsgsmrdsgs Posts: 337
    too big! By downtube I presume you mean seat tube.

    Colnago measure seat tube from centre BB to "top" meaning bottom of seat collar. I am 5'10" and ride a 54cm traditional geometry (horizontal top tube) Colnago. At 6" you would probably fit a 56cm.
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  • FransJacquesFransJacques Posts: 2,148
    I'm 182 cms tall with a 88 cm inseam and ride a 79cm BB to saddle top. I had a 59 cm Colnago and it was 1cm large but it rode fine.

    I think you'd be ok with anywhere from a 56 to a 58 (horizontal measurements, subtract 4 for sloping) depending on how you like the bike to look - how much exposed seatpost and stem length.

    What is your current BB to saddle top in centimeters? (I think inches was phased out in 1842!)
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  • WheelspinnerWheelspinner Posts: 6,159
    Not tried a Dream but I reckon this one sounds a bit big to be comfortable for you. I have an E1, in a 57s size and it's at least one, maybe 2cm larger than I need. I'm almost 6'1 and longish legs for my height too.

    There are some Colnago specialists who recommend you actually pick a frame a tiny bit small, so you can run a longer stem and a bit of setback on the saddle.They reckon the geometry works best for handling in that set up. Whether it's rubbish or not, dunno...
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  • Puma99Puma99 Posts: 71
    Thanks for all the replies. My guy feeling was it was too big. My last "tradition" geometry frame was a 56cm. There are a couple of 56cm Dreams on eBay but they are no where near the great condition of the 58cm I am looking at but £300 and £550 more expensive.

    I guess I keep looking. Colnago ownership has to happen for me at least once and I quite fancy and older style frame.
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