Traditional Steel Bikes for Tris

Traditional Steel Bikes for Tris

Post by Jason Mayfie » Tue, 21 Nov 1995 04:00:00


I've been looking for just the right bike for time trialing/triathlons
for the past year, and haven't been really certain about anything I've
seen.  I rode a Zipp and liked it, but still have some reservations about
climbing on it.  I'm not all that light (6'3/170) but the Zipp did strike
be as quite awkward.

Right now, I'm riding a Trek Aluminum, which is just a little too jarring
for me.  If there's one thing I'm certain of it's that I don't want to go
with aluminum again.  The other thing is that I definitely want to go
700c since that's what my current race wheels are and I don't want to
change them.

Nothing had thrilled me until something I rode twice this last week.  It
was a Colnago Elegant with full Record groupo.  I'd never ridden steel
before, and was thrilled with how lively and responsive it felt.  The
bike would be an easy choice for me, but the geometry does concern me a
bit.  The bike would be used mainly for triathlons, most overdistance in
the half-ironman range.  I'll be doing my first ironman as well this year
so comfort is a must.

I ride a 61cm in the trek, which feels good for road riding and
training.  What kind of a fit am I likely to get if I go with the Colnago
in a 59cm (or 60cm) and a forward position seat post?  Would I likely
achieve a fairly good position without sacrificing too much in comfort?  
Do I even want to go with the smaller frame?

Now....I suppose putting non-Campy components and aerobars on a Colnago
is another matter, but I won't tell the guys in the roadie groups.  I
suppose an Italian Classic will get just as many laughs at a tri.  Hey,
if it's comfortable and fast that's all that matters!

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Traditional Steel Bikes for Tris

Post by Stephen Vansly » Tue, 21 Nov 1995 04:00:00

   Now....I suppose putting non-Campy components and aerobars on a Colnago
   is another matter, but I won't tell the guys in the roadie groups.  I
   suppose an Italian Classic will get just as many laughs at a tri.  Hey,
   if it's comfortable and fast that's all that matters!

Just remind both groups that Moser rode a Colnago with aerobars 51 km
in an hour - a record that held for alomost seven years.