Just thought I would give you a head’s up on my now finished (another) project for this summer’s use.
Below is a photo of it, all nice and clean (probably for the last time).
It started life as a complete standard buy for a gentleman who never really used it, in its standard guise – heavy wheels, Tiagra kit and Colnago logo’d bits and bobs.
I had read the complimentary reviews and understand the debacle about ‘Real Colnago’s’ v Taiwanese etc etc. However, I have owned several Colnago’s over the years, yes, including the ‘Real’ ones and I have to say these little Primavera’s are excellent value, very underrated and a sort of overlooked bike - I've seen them go on ebay for £380.
Completely stripped the bike and removed the heavy bits then replaced them with parts I had, trust, sourced and acquired second hand that I checked and fully serviced. I slowly rebuilt it with Mavic Ksyrium Elites, full Ultegra SL, FSA bits and pieces and one of my favourite toupe saddles. For long distance pu*****re piece of mind I fitted Gaitorskins, I could have gone lighter but I intend to do some serious mileage and have always had good life from these. All the cables are Jagwired and the whole project has been a really enjoyable build.
It is all set up and ready now and is surprisingly light for an ali frame and I will state its almost luxurious to ride, rock solid on hills and pretty sprightly when needed. The quality of the frame is superb and also looks nice too.
For a ‘budget, entry level’ frame, I am well impressed. OK in standard build they may be a tad heavy as a result of trying to keep the costs down, but this bike now makes real sense.
Don’t forget to give me a wave if you see me trudging along the roads of Somerset.