Friday, November 03, 2006
Colnago Conversion part 4
The build list?
I want to keep a fairly retro feel/look to this bike as its not a new bike. Its going to be powdercoated white. All white with the chrome in places (as mentioned).
All the components will be silver. I will also have a replica Colnago decal set in white with World Champ stripe color theme for the tubes.
Many Colnago’s came stock with this decal set at one time, its not me merely trying to be a World Champ poser. That would require me wearing this:
And for the build list, I’m thinking of going full Dura-Ace model 7402. Campagnolo would be a better fit for this bike being that it’s an Italian manufacturer, but I really like that old 7400 series Dura-Ace stuff. It looks pretty sharp and it’s cheaper than its Campy counterpart.
What I have and what I still need.
I have: Frame, Fork, Dura-Ace headset, Dura-Ace Bottom Bracket, Tektro aero brake levers (silver, could use new hoods), Nitto shallow drop bars (silver), Candy Sl pedals, White Saddle, Wheels, Paul Neo-Retro and Touring Brakes (silver), White handlebar tape, Dura Ace 7402 Front Derailleur, Dura Ace rear derailleur.
What I need:
27.2 seat post (Dura Ace)
100-110 quill stem (silver or titanium) preferably Dura Ace
170-172.5mm Dura Ace Cranks
White brake lever hoods
I still need to decide on the method of shifting.
A typical conversation that occurs within the minds of many cyclocross racers and amongst friends goes like this:
Retro Ron: This is a retro bike; you need to stay with the theme. If this was 1983, it would be bar end shifters for sure.
Modern Matt: But its not 1983. Its 2006, and better options exist.
Retro Ron: But barcons are more durable in the mud and muck.
Modern Matt: But they’re kind of a pain to shift with once you’re used to STI/Ergos.
Retro Ron: But barcons are cheap.
Modern Matt: But they’re kind of a pain to shift with!
In the end, Retro Ron will always tout barcon’s durability and low cost. And Modern Matt will come back to convenience and ease of shifting. For this build, I think I’m going to use barcons. If this was a 2006 Specialized or Redline, I’d probably choose STI levers. But the scale was tipped in barcon’s favor with the theme of this bike being a retro one.
Lastly, I've got the rear dropouts pretty clean and sparkly. Here's a photo progression of what that process was like:
Dropout 1: As I received the frame.
Photo 2: Some Epoxy paint stripper applied.
Step 3: Most of the paint off.
Step 4: All polished and looking good.
Part 5 coming soon...