This is why I would never post a detailed build thread. After this what's the point? I'll throw up a photo of a finished bike but that's it. The detail, the thoughtful analysis, quality photos, articulate explanations, the tools, etc. etc. Bravo!
I agree with you about the missing chevrons. What a strange choice to finish the transition from white to carbon the way it was done. Cost saving on a bit of extra masking? A more modern look? It doesn't look bad by any means but I can almost feel your pain that true perfection was missed by that decision.
A question for you Cal, you show rear tire clearance. Can we also see front tire clearance? (Maybe I missed it earlier in the thread). That rear clearance does look good but while a 27 mm may fit theoretically, I don't think it could be used in practice based on the gap I am seeing. I think you'd have all kinds of crap scraping the frame as soon as you were on anything but a clean road. And for the clincher crowd I think the limit would be 25 mm tires, 23 mm for some brands, on any rims with a 17 mm or wider internal width.
Thanks Mr. Gib: I'm actually more than totally fine with the graphics on this particular frame and I prefer them to the Chevrons, on THIS frame. I have an EPQ, with a special paint job that does include the chevrons, and some other custom touches, which took forever to get done and it is my sort of modern retro look bike with the round tubes and, usually, Nemesis/Record wheels. But this C60... I really think Colnago nailed the graphics in every sense. It's flawless. Funny story about the modern round tubed bikes in Colnago's recent history. I've heard through sources, I wasn't there, but I believe it... that Ernesto never really liked the short foray into round tube frames (Extreme Power and EPS) from an aesthetic standpoint. The Gilco tube shape had become one of Colnago's distinguishing features and the Extreme Power and EPS models, with their basically round profiles, were well... just not "right" as a Colnago. Great frames for sure, but with the introduction of the C59, with it's new and reminiscent of old, shaped tubing... all seemed right with the world again. I think the C59 created a huge rejuvenation in interest in Colnago as a brand. In fact, I was rather uninterested in all the swirly paint schemes of the EPS model, until the PR99 EPS was shown in their catalog for 2011 (Fall of 2010 basically). I still have that catalog... and the EPS was still available and overlapped the C59 for a short while, until they ran out of stock of certain tubes, then merged the remaining EPS top tubes and downtubes into a hybrid EPS/C59 and called it the EPQ.
And opened up to the very page that I stared at for way too long...
I remember sending a photo of this catalog page to my friend saying "THIS, will be my next bike!" It wasn't, as the C59 had come out and I was waiting on my MTBK C59. Not until a year and a half after ordering an EPS, then finding out they couldn't make one some months later, then working with Colnago and deciding on a hybrid C59/EPS, as yet unnamed but would later be labelled the EPQ would I finally take delivery of my EPQ in it's very unique rendition, compared to other EPQ's... for starters, I hated the name "EPQ", so all references to it are gone, and the graphics were mostly of the old EPS, but no "EPS" on it either... just Ernesto's signature on both sides of the top tube, and no "Colnago" on the chainstays. I wanted it to be as clean looking as a Colnago could look...
The link to my EPQ thread is in my signature if you're interested in more details. Or here: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=106564/#p911214
So, in conclustion, I'm feeling no pain with the more aggressive looking graphics on the C60 compared to the old EPS. In fact, I absolutely love this frame in every sense, whereas there's usually at least one thing that I always end up thinking I'd rather it have been done a bit different. But not here.
RE tire clearances... I did mention that a bit somewhere but if you want I'll provide some more details of the clearances both front and rear to help others determine what might fit and what won't. Personally, I don't want anything larger than a 25mm tubular on my nicest road bikes. For my weight at 200+lbs it seems about perfect. It has more clearance than the C59 for sure, but I can still run my Arrenbergs on the "new" Boras in my C59 and EPQ with no issues. A 25mm Continental 4000Sii clincher on the other hand, not so much, or at least it would be very tight.