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Colnago C50HP World Champ Decor

I purchased this beloved frameset new in 2004, which was coincidentally just in time to built it with the last of the classic design 7700 Dura-Ace components. I have changed a few things better to my liking over the years, but the core set-up is the same, including the wheelset, (updated this winter with 2011 logos which match the frame decor far better). All 10,000 miles I have ridden on this bike are on these wheels. As far as how this frameset rides?, I would say the most notable of its many admirable qualities is that you seemingly don't have to physically steer the bike. You think where you want to be, and that is where you go, as if it were directly connected to your brain and muscles.

Frame:
Colnago C50HP / NL38 (World Champion) Decor

Fork/Headset:
Colnago Star Carbon / Colnago

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Dura-Ace 7701 / Shimano Dura-Ace

Pedals:
Look Keo Carbon

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano Dura-Ace 9-speed / Dura-Ace 12-21/ Shimano SG 53-39 / Dura-Ace 9-speed

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 / Shimano Dura-Ace STI

Handlebars/Stem:
Deda Newton Deep Traditional Bend bars w/Stella Azzurra tape / Stella Azzurra GPA4.8 carbon stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
Fizik Aliante Twin-Flex braided carbon / Stella Azzurra Monza carbon

Brakes:
Shimano Dura-Ace 7700

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Zipp 303 tubular / Zipp 84 / Vittoria Corsa EVO CX

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Zipp 303 tubular / Zipp 202 / Vittoria Corsa EVO CX

Accessories:
Specialized Speedzone computer (Just Say No to GPS), Arundel Trident bottle cages

Added by lostinthought. Last updated about 12 years ago.

18 Comments

wallymann

wallymann says:

hey -- is this color-code NL38 or PR38? i'm getting hits for both and i think the NL might be the Mapei-specific version for Oscar Friere with PR38 being the follow-on more generic world-champion versions.

not 100% sure, though...

Posted about 10 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Colnago introduced the PR decor series in the same year as the C50, but this decor is NL38, (as indicated on the product info materials I've kept, including my receipt).

It doesn't discuss decor codes, but while on the subject, I thought you might find this interesting -

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/tech...

Posted about 10 years ago

wallymann

wallymann says:

wonderful bike and build...it looks familiar! ;-)

Posted over 10 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Very sincere thanks, comrade. As they say, brilliant minds think alike...and ride the same bikes!

Posted over 10 years ago

HeribertusRico

HeribertusRico says:

nice man. look fast :))

Posted over 10 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Many thanks for the compliment. It IS fast, rocket fast...well, as rocket fast as 52 year old legs that only have a chance to ride 3 days a week can propel it...

Posted over 10 years ago

LasykarHI

LasykarHI says:

Really love this bike, true classy classic :)

Posted over 10 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Thanks, comrade.

Posted over 10 years ago

dietrootbeer

dietrootbeer says:

Good god I love everything about this bike.

Posted almost 12 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Your appreciation is, in turn, appreciated.

Posted almost 12 years ago

zharif88

zharif88 says:

sweet and clean!

Posted about 12 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Thanks! You have more-or-less summed-up my intentions.

Posted about 12 years ago

Benson

Benson says:

Wish there was a clear drive side shot. This bike is awesome

Posted about 12 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

The focus on my initial full side view image was off, so please stay tuned for one in future...and of course, many thanks for the appreciative comment.

Posted about 12 years ago

Bugs

Bugs says:

Awesome!
love it

Posted about 12 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

Thanks for the generous words of appreciation.

Posted about 12 years ago

SillyGooseCookie

SillyGooseCookie says:

Oh man this is nice

Posted about 12 years ago

lostinthought

lostinthought says:

A sincere thanks, comrade.

Posted about 12 years ago