Colnago Strada SL
If you were a new cyclist in 1972 and you asked that hippie biker friend of yours what kind of racing bike you should get, he probably would have steered you toward a Colnago Super.
If you entered your first race in 1986 and found your bike a bit lacking, you may have walked into the corner bike shop and rolled out with a Colnago Master.
If you sat down with me today at the coffee shop and said that you were thinking of racing and wanted a new bike, I would likely suggest a Colnago Strada SL.
The butted aluminum and carbon construction is light and springy. The back end of this bike and the bottom bracket area are super stiff. Colnago delivers a complete bike (with Shimano 105 or Ultegra components) that is as tough as nails and easy on the eyes. The price is reasonable enough that you won’t sweat the scratch it got in the back of the race support truck, and you’ll feel fine (about the bike at least) grinding out the miles on rainy rides.
Just keep in mind that the Strada SL is more than just a great racing bike. It’s comfortable, it handles perfectly and it looks terrific.