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When I look at other pics of Colnagos, it looks like people tend to size down? A lot of seatpost showing, etc. Mine is a 55. The difference in top tube length between the 55 and 54 is only 3mm. Since taking the pic, I have added about .7cm spacers under the stem. Given that, and given the current seat height, should I have gone with a 54 (better weight distribution) and just used an extra 1 - 1.5cm of spacers?? BTW, stem is a 110.
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Beautiful bike..

my only thought is that you used a Thomson seatpost. I mean you've got a kickars Italian bike with full campy and you put on a Thomson post. Nothing against Thomson, I use their stuff on my cross bike exclusively. I just would've forked over the other $ and gotten a campy seat post or Colnago post.
BTW: A LBS owner just build up a C50 with DA10 and Carbon Bontager wheels, a totally macked out bike and he used a Thomson seatpost.

As far as size, I think it lood fine, you'll probably be more comfortable on the bigger bike.
 

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my only thought is that you used a Thomson seatpost. I mean you've got a kickars Italian bike with full campy and you put on a Thomson post. Nothing against Thomson, I use their stuff on my cross bike exclusively. I just would've forked over the other $ and gotten a campy seat post or Colnago post.
BTW: A LBS owner just build up a C50 with DA10 and Carbon Bontager wheels, a totally macked out bike and he used a Thomson seatpost.

As far as size, I think it lood fine, you'll probably be more comfortable on the bigger bike.
Yeah, I know, I probably should have gone carbon. It wasn't the money, although I did get the Masterpiece for about $75...:). I'm thinking of getting a flatter stem, maybe a deda or stella, who knows, and maybe I'll get a carbon post, although a campy or colango setback post might have me pushing the saddle quite far forward on the rails. I'd also like to try a San Marco Rever saddle (would like it in white to see how it goes with the bike), but $$$...
 

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BTW, not sure if I have shortish legs for my height....but a couple of measurements:
height - 5' 9.5"
inseam - 82.5cm

When I stand over the bike in socked feet, the tt is touching me. Not pushing up into me, but it is touching..
 

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I think I've decided that I would rather go with a shorter frame size. Can't take this one back since its already been built up (but not ridden), so I'll have to sell it at a loss.......but I'd rather end up with a size that I'm happy with. So either a 54cm C50 or a '50' Cristallo. Anyone interested in a new C50 55cm???
 

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Been there, feel your pain.

I think I've decided that I would rather go with a shorter frame size. Can't take this one back since its already been built up (but not ridden), so I'll have to sell it at a loss.......but I'd rather end up with a size that I'm happy with. So either a 54cm C50 or a '50' Cristallo. Anyone interested in a new C50 55cm???[/QUOT

This is the only thing stinks about buying a bike you can't ride first. I drove over an hour yesterday to test ride an Orbea I want, but no on locally has one built up. I orderd my Merckx as a frame and it was a little too small, but I thought I'd make it work, but here it is eight months later and well, I'm looking for another frame. I've decided though, I'm not going to buy a bike I can't test ride first!

My suggestion to you is to ride the 54 before you sell the 55 if you can.
 

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Mosovich said:
I think I've decided that I would rather go with a shorter frame size. Can't take this one back since its already been built up (but not ridden), so I'll have to sell it at a loss.......but I'd rather end up with a size that I'm happy with. So either a 54cm C50 or a '50' Cristallo. Anyone interested in a new C50 55cm???[/QUOT

This is the only thing stinks about buying a bike you can't ride first. I drove over an hour yesterday to test ride an Orbea I want, but no on locally has one built up. I orderd my Merckx as a frame and it was a little too small, but I thought I'd make it work, but here it is eight months later and well, I'm looking for another frame. I've decided though, I'm not going to buy a bike I can't test ride first!

My suggestion to you is to ride the 54 before you sell the 55 if you can.
I absolutely agree. Unfortuneatly, I have no shop anywhere near me that has one.
I suppose I could try to buy a used one to try, and then resell.......
That said, the '50' Cristallo seems like a good comprimise between the 54 and 55 C50.........I dunno....<sigh>.......I have no standover clearance with the 55. Its not pushing way up into me, but standing over in socked feet, it is easily touching. I'm thinking I could make a 54 work well, even if I need a few cm spacers under the stem...
 
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