Colnago Master Carbon Frames

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $2399.00


Product Description

  • TIG-welded to a full carbon rear
  • B-Stay carbon fiber chainstay
  • Shaped in bi-conic forms
  • Brazed into cast and hand-filed lugs


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mohamed

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2012

Strengths:    rigid, soft, stiff, confortable, handling, cornering, beautiful

Weaknesses:    maybe he painting at some places.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the frame in paris and mounted it with campy chorus11 and shamal wheels. the bike rides like a dream, it feels very strong and stiff enough without being harsh, it has a precise handling which is unique. The bike jumps well in climbs and has a flex which is very present. This update will be completed soon. I love the bike.

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Similar Products Used:   bianchi SBX, Bianchi Nirone7, Trek madone 5.4, gitane. colnago master olympic.

Bike Setup:   shamal wheels and campy chorus


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

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2008

Strengths:    - Master geometry
- Steel frame
- Colnago details (chrome lugs, incraved logo, oldschool look, etc.)
- Handling
- Weigth


Weaknesses:    - Does not make you ride faster )o;

Bottom Line:   
After crashing my lovely C40 i had to have a new Colnago. Full carbon was out of the question because of price and crash resistance. I decide to buy the Master carbon, a very nice "oldschool" bike with a touch of modern technology. The master geometry makes the bike very stiff and qick to react. I thougth the C40 was perfect, but this one is even better. It handels very very nice and the bikes becomes one with the rider (o;

The bikes total weigth is only 8,2 kg (just as much as my C40) and the paint job is very nice, just as all the other "colnago details".

If you want an "oldschool" bike that handels great you need to try this one!!

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Similar Products Used:   - Colnago C40
- Hrman Braun


Bike Setup:   - Colnago street fork
- Chris King ahead set
- DEDA carbon stem
- Viper carbon handlebar
- DEDA Magic Stick seat post
- Specialized Toupe team sadle
- Keywin pedals
- Travativ roleur crankset
- Shimano Dura Ace
- DT-Swiss handbuild wheels


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fixedwheelrider a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

Strengths:    Colnago geometry - stable, predictable ride yet its still road-racing oriented
Steel & carbon combining to make for a comfortable & efficient ride
Columbus tubing created for the Master - the latest version of the classic diamond-shaped Colnago tubeset. I don't know how much it really adds to the ride, but it sure looks cool!
- Pro7 paintjob looks great - single candy apple red, with just a hint of white fade at the lugs and rear junction (not as guady to me as some of the other multi-color Colnago paint schemes). Paint durability is another matter (see Weaknesses). I'm still a sucker for chrome lugs.
- Carbon B-Stay and non-HP stays are high-quality construction


Weaknesses:    - Paint durability isn't good - small chips underneath the seat collar & under the BB already (owned less than 3 months). Have your touch-up paint handy.
- Seat collar broke on first day. Replaced immediately with a Campagnolo collar, no problems since then
- Mixture of traditional lugs, carbon stays and TIG-weld (at seat cluster) may be jarring visually to some - when fully built-up with all components, however, has a nice look


Bottom Line:   
The much maligned Colnago Master Carbon (and its current version, the Master B Stay) - it's been called an abomination and issue 4 of the gorgeous Rouleur magazine has said of it "...some would say was ill-conceived. This frame satisfied no one with its attempt at fusing new with old." and hopes for the day of the return of the all steel Master with a steel Precisa fork. Ouch!

I have a five-year old all-steel Master with steel fork, and its ride is the benchmark for all of my road bikes. Due to the unpopularity of the Master Carbon, I was able to get a great deal on an 05 model with the red, Pro7 paintjob, all carbon rear and carbon Street fork (with a nivachrome steering column) for $1400 frame & fork. I was intrigued by the comments of the other reviews here, that said that this frame needs to be ridden in order to appreciate it.

Sure enough, the frame rides better than it looks :) Compared to my older all steel Master, the bike responds better in sprints and jumps, especially on hills. The carbon rear and fork blades also shaves off a bit of weight.

It has the same, proven Colnago geometry that virtually all other stock Colnago road frames have. To me, the stand-out feature of a stock Colnago is the slack head angle. In my frame's case, it yields a very long (for a road racing frame) 6.89cm trail, which makes the Colnago very stable at higher speeds on the road. This makes the handling predictable and is especially nice towards the end of a multi-hour ride when fatigue sets in.

While an all-steel set-up has a pleasant flex to it that makes the ride very comfortable, the carbon on this frame deadens road shock in a different way. So there's a small but noticeable difference in the ride between the all steel Master X-Light and the Master Carbon. From a pure performance standpoint (i.e. efficiency during sprints or attacks) I'd give the Master Carbon the edge, but just by a little bit. The Master X-Light is still a great, overall frame. And for the traditionalist in me, the Master X-Light is prettier.

The only disappointments is that the paint chips easily and the seat collar is poor quality. Touch-up paint needs to be used for the former and the latter is easily replaced with a better quality clamp.

Great value if you can get the frame & fork on sale. One point off on the overall rating due to paint & seat clamp issues.

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Favorite Ride:   Anytime it's raining

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Cervelo SuperProdigy
Masi 3V
Gardin Columbus SL
Pinarello (can't remember model - Columbus SLX? tubing?)
Concorde Aquila


Bike Setup:   Dura-Ace 10sp brifters & R/Der
Ultegra 10sp chain & 12-23 cassette
FSA C-16 F/Der, SLK Compact cranks 170mm 50/36, K-Force Compact Shallow carbon bars 42cm, OS-115 stem 10cm
3TTT Less carbon post
Selle San Marco Concor Lite Ti saddle
Ritchey headset
Speedplay Zero's stainless steel pedals
Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL wheels
Vittoria Open Tubular CX tires


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

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2005

Strengths:    Build quality, fork, weight, paint scheme, stiffness of ride, road handling and comfortable ride. This bike is a real road racer.

Weaknesses:    Haven't found on eyet but will update if required

Bottom Line:   
This Colnago replaced my Colnago Profile (Columbus SL) that I purchased in 1987. I stayed with steel due to my size (over 220 lbs) and the I am very familiar with Colnago Steel framed bikes. I was amazed at how light weight the bike is and complete weighed less tham 17.5 lbs. The steering is a snap, quick and responsive, and climbs well with the proper amount of stiffness. The read carbon stays are nice and firm and provide for a smooth ride in conjuction with the fork. This frame is a pleasure to ride and does not induce fatigue. The paint is excellent, much better than the 80's paint job, and the Ferrari red scheme is quite brilliant. The chrome braze-on lugs add a nice classic touch you don't see in modern bikes.

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Favorite Ride:   PCH from Huntington Beach to San Clemente

Similar Products Used:   Colnago Profile

Bike Setup:   Colnago Master Carbon, Red, with Colnago Star fork and headset, 3T Bio Morphe handlebars, Look Keo pedals and cleats, Dura Ace 10 speed, Mavic Kyserium Elite wheelsets


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

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005

Strengths:    Solid, stable feel. Super strong, beautiful, Excellent all day bike. This is a better bike than anything else I have tried. The star fork is awesome. Really. Its pretty light. Mine is 18 pounds as built.

Weaknesses:    The colnago logos are now decals. They used to be painted on. Mine have air bubbles in them. Others at the shop did not,perhaps a glitch on mine. Not bad enough to send back though. Getting the size and color you want can take a while.Be patient. not as many color choices as on the old masetrs.

Bottom Line:   
This is my second Colnago replacing my 1999 ct1 which I loved. I always wanted a master and was slightly disappointed to see it repalced by the master carbon until I rode it. It has more snap to it through the rear stays. It climbs better than the all steel rear masters and also is a bit lighter. Shock absorbtion is on par with the ct1 but it has that great, solid feel that the masters are famous for. The quality is excellent, it still has the old school charm with the chrome head lugs which are reason enough to choose it over other bikes but it rides better than any other bike I have ever had or tried. In the mountains is where it really shines. It has a very snappy feel when attacking on steep grades and is very stable as most colnagos are when the sppeds creep over 50 mph. I also LOVE the star fork. It is the first one I have tried and it is much nicer than the flash which was on my ct1. I love this bike and highly reccomend it. Embrace the carbon rear. It is a great design and very strong. Because of colnagos durability I rate a 5 in value because durability offsets a high price in my eyes. I will post a follow up review as the miles increase.

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Favorite Ride:   Mt Baldy, Ca

Purchased At:   Jax bicycle center I

Similar Products Used:   Colnago ct1 moser m 78 numerous trek and specialized carbon and aluminium bikes

Bike Setup:   59 cm. star fork. king headset. cinelli neo bar/stem. 2005 chorus group. Open pro rims on chorus hubs. conti gp3000 tires. fizik arione saddle



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Sell my Colnago Master for a carbon ride?

I have a Colnago Master I'm thinking of selling for a carbon bike. The Colnago is totally cool with the clover lugs and all. It is my first steel bike and I can see what many swear by the steel is real mantra. While the ride is nice on flats and slight rollers, it is heavy and for me, doesn't climb ... Read More »

Master tubing and carbon origins

I talked to Alex this afternoon. The tubing used on the MXL is drawn in Milan. It is made by a steel fabricator that has no other cycling links, and has no desire to make tubing for other companies. It is not from a Milan supplier that is importing asian tubing, but made in Milan. Mystery solved. ... Read More »

Colnago Master X- Light or Master Carbon ?

Calling Colnago or steel owners. I started looking for a steel frame from IF, serotta, or seven. After searching prices and set up I found that Colnago was my best deal. I don't need any custom sizing so that a non issue and as far a pricing I could save a grand. I was interested in purchasing a ... Read More »

Master Carbon?

I would love to get my hands on a Master X light but seeing as it has been discontinued I am considering getting a Master carbon. I would have liked to build up the Master light as a nice century bike, something for long solo soul riding probably with Chorus and new (and tasteful) wheels. The ... Read More »

Question on Carbon post in master x light frame ??

I am wondering if it is ok to run a carbon post in a master x light frame ? someone told me the the way the frame clamps the post and since it is not a clamp style it will damage the post over time ? if anyone has any feedback I would appreciate it. ThxRead More »

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