Colnago C59 Italia

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Colnago C59 Italia

Postby SLN57 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 21:23 pm

After selling my HiFi, tools, old bike bits and anything else that wasn't bolted down I finally raised enough money for this...

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The Super Record groupset is excellent, very slick and positive. I was going to fit Record to save money but I knew I would regret it later so paid the extra, I'm very glad I did.

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I was expecting the paintwork to be good but it's actually flawless. The light red is a heavy metallic that looks great in the sunshine, that's if we had any. Every time I see this bike it reminds me of the old Marlboro Maclaren's driven by Senna and Prost.

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The wheels are Fulcrum Zero Dark Labels with ceramic bearings and roll very well, better than the Kysrium SL's I use as training wheels.

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It's not especially light, about 7kg on my bathroom scales, but if I fitted my carbon race wheels I think it would come in around 6.7-8kg. I won't be racing this as I could never afford to replace it if I broke it, which is a real shame as it would be/is an awesome race bike. I have a Cube Litening which is now my full time training/race bike and that's good enough for me at my mediocre standard.

The ride is surprisingly smooth, comparable to steel but lighter, and the handling is outstanding. If you are considering C59 I can thoroughly recommend it.

And by the way the pictures really don't do it justice.

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby Russyh » Tue Sep 11, 2012 21:36 pm

My oh my, what a stunna!

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby Flasher » Tue Sep 11, 2012 21:37 pm

Awesome, lucky you 8)

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby Cleat Eastwood » Tue Sep 11, 2012 21:46 pm

Cor - amazing - if you ever ride that in the muddy winter you should have your nads removed - looks stunning.
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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby NapoleonD » Tue Sep 11, 2012 21:46 pm

That'll do pig. That'll do.
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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby tim wand » Tue Sep 11, 2012 21:57 pm

Sweet Jesus that must have been some Stereo and Tool Box you had there!

That is one Bella bike, love it. How much does a kidney go for nowadays?

Really cant decide if my numbers came in between this with EPS and Boras . Or a Master with mechanical record,

Dont think its a decision that's going to be troubling me soon some how.

Enjoy the bike whenever you can shes a beauty.

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby MattC59 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 22:05 pm

Yum !!!!!

One day I shall have one to go with my name :D
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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby baldwin471 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 00:01 am

Ok, how many goes on the missus do you want for this?

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby doublem_1 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 00:51 am

Beautiful bike that :mrgreen:

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby BlakeysFC » Wed Sep 12, 2012 01:56 am

I just had to change my trousers.

One of THE best looking bikes I've ever seen. Drool...

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby ILM Zero7 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 05:14 am

nice, very nice - and so glad to see super record on it - perfect!
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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby SLN57 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 09:34 am

Thanks for all your comments, I'm glad you like it.

tim wand wrote:Sweet Jesus that must have been some Stereo and Tool Box you had there!


Yes it was a very good HiFi and used to be one of my passions but riding bikes has replaced it and takes up all of my spare time so I rarely listen to music now. The tools were all Snap On, I was in the car trade and I had quite a lot.

Plus, surprisingly, Ebay was kind to me, I normally get fleeced but everything I sold seemed to make good money.

Flasher wrote:Awesome, lucky you 8)


I know, I'm a lucky boy.

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby siamon » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:31 am

Is it inappropriate to ask what the final bill was?

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby tim wand » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:58 am

SLN57 wrote:Thanks for all your comments, I'm glad you like it.

tim wand wrote:Sweet Jesus that must have been some Stereo and Tool Box you had there!


Yes it was a very good HiFi and used to be one of my passions but riding bikes has replaced it and takes up all of my spare time so I rarely listen to music now. The tools were all Snap On, I was in the car trade and I had quite a lot.

Plus, surprisingly, Ebay was kind to me, I normally get fleeced but everything I sold seemed to make good money.

Flasher wrote:Awesome, lucky you 8)


I know, I'm a lucky boy.



When you ve recovered, Get a Audionote Dragonfly DAC and Headphone amp and some decent cans and listen to everything on your P.C.

Other than old vinyl which I darent play nowadays, most stuff sounds just as good on this as it did on my Hi-Fi set up.
(The Hi fi is nearly 20 years old though).

And as others have said, Well done, right way to go, I am petitioning the Italian Government to make it law that Italian Colnagos can only be sold/built with Campy. (Shame Berlosconni has been voted out I was enjoying the partys)

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby SLN57 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:36 pm

siamon wrote:Is it inappropriate to ask what the final bill was?


I honestly don't know I've not had the courage to add it all up, £5k? I bought the frame from Maestro and the rest of the bits from bike-discount.de so made some good savings there.

tim wand wrote:When you ve recovered, Get a Audionote Dragonfly DAC and Headphone amp and some decent cans and listen to everything on your P.C.

Other than old vinyl which I darent play nowadays, most stuff sounds just as good on this as it did on my Hi-Fi set up.
(The Hi fi is nearly 20 years old though).

And as others have said, Well done, right way to go, I am petitioning the Italian Government to make it law that Italian Colnagos can only be sold/built with Campy. (Shame Berlosconni has been voted out I was enjoying the partys)


Good advice Tim but I kept my speakers and bought a Naim UnitiQute. I've saved all my CDs as Apple lossless and stream them to the UnitiQute from a networked hard-drive, it sounds very good especially the 24bit 192khz recordings I've recently downloaded.

I agree with you about the use of Campagnolo on Italian bikes, anything else just doesn't seem right.

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby tim wand » Wed Sep 12, 2012 15:14 pm

Good advice Tim but I kept my speakers and bought a Naim UnitiQute. I've saved all my CDs as Apple lossless and stream them to the UnitiQute from a networked hard-drive, it sounds very good especially the 24bit 192khz recordings I've recently downloaded.


I ve stop feeling sorry for you now :D You ve not exactly deprived yourself too greatly with that set up and I bet the speakers arent exactly Wharfedale Diamonds.!

If you built that for £5K you got yourself a serious bargain, I was thinking nearer £7k.

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby Clu » Thu Sep 13, 2012 06:00 am

Love the bike, very classy.

You mentioned you bought the frame from Maestro (Based in Bognor Regis?), can I ask how long it took for you to receive the frame from your initial order. Did you choose the colour of the frame from what had the shortest delivery time, I realise this might be different now due to a change in the colour schemes for the 2013 colnagos.

How did you determine what size frame you needed, or did you have an idea of what size you needed already when you ordered the frame?. I'm considering doing something similar myself.

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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby ILM Zero7 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 07:31 am

Clu wrote: you bought the frame from Maestro (Based in Bognor Regis?), can I ask how long it took for you to receive the frame from your initial order. .


i know someone who had just got his - 11 months after the order was placed!!
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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby FransJacques » Thu Sep 13, 2012 07:47 am

Nicely done, rarely see 3T stems on Nags and that is defo the best integrated one I've ever seen.

I know what you mean by not racing it, I too have an "event bike" which is my nicest one with the lightest wheels. I race a 2006 frame with heavier but stiffer wheels (CL24s) b/c if I crash it, I won't cry...(so hard anyway)
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Re: Colnago C59 Italia

Postby giant man » Thu Sep 13, 2012 09:00 am

nicely colour co-ordinated, nice one!

Red is not my thing, but this does look lovely.
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