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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Just arrived! Got it out the box (good packaging from Colnago) and took this picture. Really is quite a frame, impressed. I'll be building it tomorrow if the BB cups turn up. I've even been given the OK for a long ride on Sunday. Life doesn't get better!

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Size 50s. The frame weight is 1104g as pictured (e.g. including seat post collar). Got to figure out fitting cables into those internal routing guides. Also got to get the front mech just right as there won't be any barrel adjusters.


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 Post subject: Re: Colnago C59
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:11 pm 
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Looking good Tim
Reminds me of unpacking the EPS
I have to wait till October for mine
Can't wait ti see it built
Go for it
It deserves the best
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 Post subject: Re: Colnago C59
PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:14 pm 
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Thanks. It'll be a Super Record gruppo. I'll post more pics tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:54 pm 
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I still love that matte carbon weave.

How does the C59's weight compare to the outgoing C50?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:44 am 
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Hey, I must say I like it! The leaf shaped down and top tubes are really cool!
Lookin fwd to this build :thumbup:

Just the seattube decal doesnt fit to me...

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 Post subject: Re: Colnago C59
PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:16 am 
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But 1100 grams in this size :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Colnago C59
PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:32 am 
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your killing me! Bad enough I replaced my C50 this year with a new EPS, only to find out about the C59 too late, and now you have one in my beloved matt finish! Jealous!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see it done, Super record is fantastic, I love it, what wheels and seat are you going to use??


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:09 am 
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With SR and some good wheels this should be sub 15 pounds.

Looks excellent - final product could be all kinds of win!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:55 pm 
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Nice! First I've seen in the wild.
Build her up quick!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:07 pm 
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Wow!Love the mat finish. Gotta get one more season out of my EPS :( ...before planning to move to this beauty.
Can't wait to see the final build and ride report.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:03 am 
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Love the matte finish. Looks amazing.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:32 pm 
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Thanks everyone. OK before I get into the ride and the build, here a few more pictures of the frame, things I like and a couple of things I didn't.

First of all, this frame really is quite something to look at. The tube shaping is really quite something. You can actually see the build quality on the outside and on the inside if you take a look. The downside to this MTBK colour is that it really doesn't photograph very well. You'd have to see it. I love the idea of the internal routing and It's great that Colnago use the internal routing structures for strength too. Yes it's not super light at around 1100g, but no-one ever bought a lugged Colnago for the weight savings - it's all about ride quality and durability. More on that later.

The internal cable routing is really quite nice and very easy. The ports on the down tube are nicely finished so the outer sits in there quite nicely. The cables run down the down tube and exit just underneath the bottom bracket shell. Poking out from a flat section which is where a battery would be mounted, if it was Di2 (never seen how Di2 mounts but that's what I'm led to believe). The front mech cable then goes up the back of the seat tube through another small guide. The rear mech goes cable along under the chainstay in the traditional way. The rear brake cable guide is a bit different, it's larger and takes the full outer from the brake lever through to the rear brake, i.e. one continuous outer.

Other nice touches are the points where the brakes mount, The stays are new Qstay2 which are unique to the C59. There is even the Colnago clover leaf embossed on the braze on mount for the front mech.

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I haven't included any photos of the headset for the monster headtube. I guess the same as the EPS in that two headset spaces are provided, the smaller one fitting inside the larger one. The expander wedge is simple and works well. All with Colnago logos.

I was glad to see that Colnago have removed two logos that appear on the MTBK EPS. That is the The No-Flex Zone/Carbon Fiber logo on the stay and the blue logo on the inside of the chain stay. For better or worse the huge CHS logo remains on the top tube. I don't mind it, but I know a lot of people don't like it. Also the head tube badge is now the traditional WC Colour instead of monochrome.

The forks have lawyer tabs on, so racers might want to remove these. Edit: The logos on the forks are funny. One leg says C59 the other leg says Colnago.

The only two things I wasn't impressed with were that there was so much paint on the non-drive side dropouts I couldn't get the rear wheel in! I tried an old Fulcrum wheel and with a bit of force that did go. I had to file a layer of paint away with a very small file. A strange oversight, on an otherwise immaculately finished frame. The second thing is rather minor, in that for all the great packaging the frame is not provided with any protector patches - chainstay or cable. Minor but you would have thought Colnago could include some for the price of the thing!


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:28 pm 
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Now for the build and first ride (next post). This is a work in progess build, it's never going to be a weight weenie, sorry WW fans. If your are a pure WW you can stop reading now :lol: . This is a a bike to ride and I'd rather have know my power output than save 250gs or have have something that looks good but isn't reliable or comfortable (not that all WW parts are but you know what I mean).

Anyway, here is the build, the gruppo/wheels come from my old bike. It's taken me a long time to find stuff that I like (and saddles that I can do 140 miles on without pain!) so I've gone for my colour matched favourites, mostly keeping with the Italian theme.

Frame/Forks: Colnago C59 Size 50s
Headset: Colnago CHS (headset bolt changed for Ti)
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record 50/34
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 12-27T
Cables: Campagnolo Ultrashift
Front/Rear Mech: Campagnolo Super Record. Front mech has KEdge chain checker fitted.
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record 31.6*
Saddle: Selle Italia Kit SLR Carbonio Flow
Stem: Deda Zero 100, Servizio Corse 110mm.
Bars: Deda Presa 42cm
Pedals: Look Keo Max Carbon Blade
Wheels: Handbuilt Powertap SL+ hub Rear/Novatech Lite front hub/24r/20f/Sapim CX-Ray/IRD Cadence rims
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa CX 320tpi with Latex tubes.
Bottle Cages: Carbonissimo carbon

Here is a couple of WIP pictures. They're not very good and don't do the bike justice, but I know you'll want to see them. I hadn't actually even ridden it when they were taken. I'll post some better hires pictures when it's all finally finished and it's a sunny day.

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Since the photos, I've discovered that I don't need any spacers under the stem, just the tall headset spacer, so the steerer tube will be trimmed. I should be getting the matching matt coloured Colnago seatpost, so that will be changed (also saving around 40g). I need to rotate the up bars just a tiny amount. The bar taping isn't fantastic, but I've got to do it again anyway as I trimmed the rear brake cable too short ( :oops: ) and had to bodge it.

Ride report next...


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:52 am 
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Very nice!

Did you choose to go with the Record post, or was that forced due to no Colnago post being included?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 3:00 am 
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I like your style. You don't mess around. The bike arrives and is built up lickety split!

Yes, the matching seat post is key.

Nothing special for cables? Since you're re-doing some of the cables anyhow, spring for some I-Links or something!

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