Colnago C50 Sloping Frames

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $3750.00

Product Description

  • Sloping frame - frame size and top tube are virtual measurements
  • 1 1/8 headtube
  • Biconical downtube
  • Seamless carbon fiber lugs
  • Master profile carbon fiber top tube and Conic shaped down tube

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by espanolie a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2009

Strengths:    Strong Climber
Solid Sprinter
Controlled Descents

Weaknesses:    Still Looking

Bottom Line:   
Since most bike shops, both local and internet, didn't have my specific build, I built by frame set selecting each individual piece as I was looking for a special bike with my parameters. Besides, building on your own is much more exciting and you get exactly what you want. I'd recommend a custom build to anyone and definiately go on-line as this will save you a bundle! Paid $6250 for my complete build while retail is easily close to $12k. You do the math.

After visiting this particular web site ( for months and reading and rereading reviews and articles about this frame set, I took the plunge and bought it. My particular frame is a 2009 model in the PR00 finish and came with the Carbon 75 fork. Though the Star fork is good, the 75 is just a bit better.

I have several other bikes in my arsenal, including a 2008 Cannondale System Six, 2009 Time VXRS Worldstar, 2008 De Rosa Protos to name a few. Though all seem to have there unique qualities, the C50 certainly shines. Not only is it cosmetically beautifully with the carbon tubes and lugs, most everything in my build is carbon, too. With pedals and (carbon) bottle cages, it weighs in at 15.11 pounds. Changing tires alone will drop to sub-15 pounds let alone the saddle saving another 100 grams. All else is good enough to me pertaining to feel, quality and weight.

Though I'm not a professional rider, I would consider myself certainly a strong bicyling enthusiast. I race only with fellow bike club members and not organized competitions as I'm a bit older (44) than the average racer and don't wish to bother with the hype these competitions can raise.

The frame set, with my current build, is truly a dream ride. It's a billy goat in climbs, a tiger on the down hills and stiff as a board when I get up on it and sprint. I will confess the diffences are small when I compare to my other bikes such as the Cannondale, Time and De Rosa mentioned here before. However, I will add that when I have my first pick, I usually look for my C50 and Worldstar the most.

Luckily, I'm blessed to financially afford more than one bike, which is why I have one bike for this and another for that. However, if money was a factor, choosing the C50 as your primary ride is certainly a wise choice and money well spent. On a subjective note, they also hold their value quite well noticed by eBay listings.

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Favorite Ride:   Santiago Canyon in So Cal

Price Paid:    $2750.00

Purchased At:   On-line

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale System Six
Time VXRS Worldstar
De Rosa Protos

Bike Setup:   Campagnolo Super Record 11spd group
Campagnolo Hyperon Ultra Clincher Wheel Set
Deda Electa Aero bar
Deda Zero100 SC stem
Chris King Head Set
Colnago Carbon Seatpost
Selle SMP Saddle
Look Keo HM TI pedal
Vredstein Fortezza SE Tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Indianajim a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2007

Strengths:    Very smooth over chip seal roads. Like Colnago's sloping top tube (not to severe). Like the paint job

Weaknesses:    Feels somewhat heavy, price is high

Bottom Line:   
Waited 3 months for this bike (ordered in January, received in April). Bike was worth the wait. I was waiting for the ITA paint scheme, but wasn't available. Then was told that an FLR (deep red to black fade) was available, which is kind of unique on the C-50(it's a stock color on the president, but not the C-50). I waited a few months to write a review to get some miles on bike. I have about 1,200 miles so far on it an so far it's a really nice bike. Rides a lot smoother than the previous Trek and Litespeeds I have ridden. Price is somewhat steep, but I would have to say overall its worth it. People complement me all the time on what a nice looking bike it is.

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Price Paid:    $6300.00

Purchased At:   Wrench Science

Similar Products Used:   Trek 5200, Litespeed Classic

Bike Setup:   52 CM sloping. FLR paint, dura ace group, R700 compact crankset, Selle San Marco Regal saddle, Mavic K ES wheelset, Look Keo carbon pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CampyCarbC50 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth ride & Handling. You don't have to steer this bike, just think about turning and it does. Its 2 or 3 mph faster in a 25 mph wind with the same amount of effort. Lightweight so it really goes uphill easy.

Weaknesses:    Worring about that first scratch!

Bottom Line:   
When I desided to buy a C40 last year I called a dealer in New York to try to determine the correct size to buy but it was like they didn't want to take the time to discuss it. Then I checked with a dealer in the midwest and was told it would take 6 months and I would have to give 3 color choices. What?? I wanted to choose the color, not take what ever happens to show up! Then I saw an add for When I converted the Pounds to Dollars I couldn't believe what a good price this dealer had on his frames. I emailed and asked if I had done the conversion correctly and if they shipped to the States. It was about an hour or so later when I checked my email and Mike had all ready responded. Every time I had a question Mike was quick to answer with good advice. When I had finaly made up my mind what I wanted to buy Mike called me to finalize our deal. I ordered a C40 account a dealer in the States told me the slooping model would be as severe as the Giant model and a C50 didn't come in my size of 49. After I finaly saw a photo of the C50 on the internet and realised that the sloop wasn't that bad, I wanted to change my order to the C50. I emailed Mike and asked if this would be possible, and told him I understood he would keep the deposit on the C40 untill it was sold. 15 minutes later I had a email from Mike. He had already called the factory and found a PR4 slooping in my size,and told them to send it out with his next order.Mike said NO problem with the deposit that he would put the C40 in his stock and was very happy to see me get the frame I wanted. Mike treated me more like a friend than a customer. Thanks Mike.......... you are "THE MAESTRO"!!!

What an amazaing ride!! I took a ride out to Geode State Park the other day, roads are a lot like you see on "THE TOUR", winding back and forth with big climbs. They are just 1 to 1.5 K long instead of 15 or 20 K you see in the Alps. It was a lot of fun with a bike that responds so well!! Had to use brakes on some of the corners going up hill! Never had that problem before. I've got about 300 miles on her now and I'm more impressed every time I ride. This is one sweet machine.

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Favorite Ride:   Mississppi river road,Fort Madison,Iowa to Keokuk and back up the Ill. side. 55 miles total

Price Paid:    $2460.00

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Similar Products Used:   1994 Giant Cadex CFR3 carbon with upgrade to Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed in 2001.

Bike Setup:   Colnago C50 HP,PR4 color
Star Carbon Fork
Full Campagnolo Record Groupset with Campagnolo Record Carbon Crank
Campagnolo Record Carbon bottlecages
Campagnolo Eurus G3 Wheelset
FSA K-Wing Carbon bars
Selle San Marco (Colnago) Aspide Arrowhead saddle

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