ededwards ... question for you ... i have a c-rec group that needs a frame. what 88-92 frame would you find? should be desireable, respectable classic, available in a 47-48cm, but not so obscure it takes forever to find.
thoughts? cinelli? mercyx? specific models?
i've also considered road frames by mtb buiders (bontrager, mantis, klein or fat) but they so rarely show up much less in smaller sizes.
Hmm, I'd have to say a that you couldn't go too far wrong with one of the Colnago Master Series (Olympic possibly?) with the Prescia straight fork and one of the wild Colnago paint jobs.
That said I personally would not worry too much about period correctness - any mid 80s to early 90s classic Italian steel bike would be great with that groupset (Delta brakes?) and you won't go far wrong with a De Rosa, Pinarello, Gios, Cinelli etc. in Columbus SL or SLX. If you want to go Belgian then a Merckx Corsa Extra or perhaps a Concorde in PDM colours would look very fine. Or, going back a little further, what about the wine red Colnago Mexico with white panels that Saronni won with at Goodwood in the early 80s? Understated and oozes class.
I think I'd prefer one of the above to the road offerings from the Fats, Bontragers etc. for the same reason that I wouldn't want a Colnago mountainbike - beautiful, rare but somehow not quite right. Please note that this is personal opinion not based on riding!
You sound like you have a really exciting hunt ahead of you, hope the above hasn't confused but if pushed I'd say that you can't possibly regret getting a Colnago.
It's just a NAGO. I don't mean to ruffle feathers but that's even what we called them when I sold them in the 80's. Seriously if you like the shine get a Llewellyn. Check them out: http://www.llewellynbikes.com/thegaller ... frames/aal
Once you look you'll know why it's just a NAGO.
No feathers ruffled at all, I just have a stupid (and irrational?) dislike of some shortened forms (principally Campy but also Bonty, Spesh etc. - but I won't get started!).
And I have to agree that the Llewellyn is seriously tasty.