I guess that explains why this early nineties carbon fiber Ferrari Colnago C35 with gold plated C-record components is up to 6 grand on eBay with 2 days still to go. When I saw this bike earlier today at a Cozy Beehive post, it brought back memories of the late 80s when ads for Italian bikes with limited edition gold plated parts were everywhere. I didn’t understand the appeal then and I still just don’t get it. In the case of this bike though, it’s not just the gold plated groupo that I don’t like. The curve of the seat tube, the bulge of the chainstay and seatstay intersection near the dropouts, even the relationship between the angular wheels and the frame, all combine to make this bike look a bit whacked (to use a technical term). Of course, that is just my opinion. I have mentioned the old Ferrari/Colnago bikes before and it is probably no secret that they just don’t appeal to me. Obviously though, some people DO like them and are quite interested in this bike in particular, as a collectors item or for whatever reason. I guess that brings me to the point of this post; I am glad that not everyone likes the exact same things that I do. As I commented over at the Beehive, aesthetics are subjective and I think that is a very good thing. Certain forms, colors, etc appeal to different groups of people and that is one of the factors that makes design an interesting profession.
I know that by posting my opinion about this bike, I am opening myself up to negative comments from the legions of gold plated Italian component fans on the web. Before I alienate that group like I did the top tube sporting fixie crowd, I want to say this; if you like this kind of stuff, I encourage you to buy this bike and ride it proudly. Just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean someone else shouldn’t. If you do buy it though, I have one suggestion; you might want to consider having a custom gold pad made for that crazy swaybacked top tube.