The brand new Colnago C68 is the latest offering from the Italian cycling brand but how does it compare to the best they used to make back in 1992? Tech writer Simon Smythe put the Colnago C68 and the Colnago Master Olympic to a test of two halves to see which one conquered the other. The results may surprise you on this one... 00:00 - Intro 01:14 - The TT 06:41 - The Hill Climb 08:59 - The Verdict Subscribe to Cycling Weekly here: 🤍🤍youtube.com/user/CyclingWeekly1?sub_confirmation=1 More at: Cycling Weekly: 🤍🤍cyclingweekly.com Facebook: 🤍🤍facebook.com/CyclingWeekly Instagram: 🤍instagram.com/cyclingweeklymagazine Twitter: 🤍twitter.com/cyclingweekly Email: cycling🤍futurenet.com #cycling #bikes #bicycles
It's old. But not rubbish.
I have a C50 and a steel Conic. The carbon bike is more comfortable to ride and certainly lighter, and easier up hills, but the visual aesthetic of the steel Conic, with a full Superbe Pro group, is sublime. I love to go out to the garage, look at it, touch it, and then go ride it. The silver color of the rims, crank, seatpost, brakes, bars and so on of the vintage bikes just looks so superior to the hideous swaths of black on modern bikes, to my eye. They just LOOK lighter! I’m tempted to hang my Conic in the living room as art.
At my age, my 1994 Master was and still is my main bike. While a new bike might make me marginally faster, it will not be enough for me to buy one. I still have also my 2002 Master which has some "improvements" over my '94 but the older bike is still my top bike.
I have a EPS, for some reason you can fit 28mm tires on wide rim carbon wheels, my extreme power only just squeezes 25mm tyres.
Would be an interesting comparison. The new C68 to my EPS with carbon wheels and 28mm tyres and a 11 speed groupset
Both rides are sweet, enjoy!
Mmh I wonder ld test the frame against the other frame but both the same drivetrains
My favourite Colnago is the one with a Campagnolo groupset on it. The test should have been carried out with a Record, not DA, and both with machanical shifting and rim brakes.
"80% of the drag comes down to the rider." The amount people spend on kit when they should be spending time on position...
The Colnago needed its native gears, Campy.
I can't imagine a 33% grade, hats off. Cripes, the Master wasn't even 1/1.
I almost bought that same model in 92!! It had super record and the paint job was awesome!! But my 85 Trek 770 pink was my all time favorite bike! And I still ride Trek today!
Aero and weight bla bla. The difference is in the bigger gears modern bikes have. I climb easier with 11-32 than with 11-28.
Why not use a newer groupset on the old colnago that give lower gears. And why not use a propper sized handlebars? Why not use 700X25C on the "real colango".
Looking to get back into riding again and I'm finding myself loving the bikes of the 90s and early 2000s. Are the new style bikes really worth it? Not sure where I stand with this all. Have to watch more videos to see if you cover this topic. Good subject and thoughts in this piece!
My Sunday Best ride is a Master Olympic with downtube shifters and Delta brakes. Set up with the same position as my modern Fuji carbon bike with Ultegra Di2, wide tubeless tyres, etc.
I honestly don't notice any difference in speed between the two on my local hilly Cornish roads.
The Colnago is definitely more direct / twitchy / alive. The Fuji much more laid back and comfortable. I enjoy riding both equally - the Master definitely attracts more attention (even from non-cyclists)!
J0pYS1eeU2A&t=7m31s 7:31 thats ((7*60)+53) / (7*60) +39) = 473 / 459 = 1.0305 means 3.05% slower with the Master Olympic. This seem significant yes.
In 1972 I put a down payment to buy a Colnago frame w/ headset and bottom bracket for $150. It arrived about 6 months later but they wanted $225. It was too much of a difference for me make up delivering newspapers ($40 a month).
Same with ultegra/dura ace. The same except few grams of weight
Wow....I love the looks of the C68 (but not the pricetag). Wish I had the money to buy it though. I guess I keep saving up a bit longer until it gets cheaper and keep cycling on my old Pinarello Sestriere. I never did ride Colnago before myself, but loving Italian design I bet the Colnago will be a step up in the end to Pinarello (unless you go Dogma or something).
I'd take the Colnago (Columbus) over any damn hard plastic that can easily break in a crash A.K.A. Carbon bike. EVERY SINGLE TIME.