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  1. Colnago Superissimo Classic Road Bike 1980s
    Colnago Superissimo Classic Ro.. Colnago Superissimo Classic Road Bike 1980s
    56 cm
    Refurbished frame. Columbus tubes. Campa.. Refurbished frame. Columbus tubes. Campagnolo Victory / Triomphe parts.
    €1,799.00
  2. Colnago Master Olympic Road Bike 1990s
    Colnago Master Olympic Road Bi.. Colnago Master Olympic Road Bike 1990s
    62 cm
    Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed. Ambrosio rims.. Campagnolo Chorus 8-speed. Ambrosio rims. Refurbished frame.
    €2,499.00
  3. Colnago Super Saronni Large Road Bicycle 1970s
    Colnago Super Saronni Large Ro.. Colnago Super Saronni Large Road Bicycle 1970s
    62 cm
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Refurbished fra.. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Refurbished frame.
    €2,799.00
  4. Colnago Dream Plus Road Bike 2001
    Colnago Dream Plus Road Bike 2.. Colnago Dream Plus Road Bike 2001
    55.5 cm
    Campagnolo Centaur 9-speed. Triple crank.. Campagnolo Centaur 9-speed. Triple cranks. Great for climbs.
    €1,299.00
  5. Colnago Nuovo Mexico Saronni Classic Road Bike 1980s
    Colnago Nuovo Mexico Saronni C.. Colnago Nuovo Mexico Saronni Classic Road Bike 1980s
    52 cm
    Refurbished frame. Campagnolo Super Reco.. Refurbished frame. Campagnolo Super Record groupset.
    €2,899.00
  6. Colnago Super Blue Classic Bicycle 1977
    Colnago Super Blue Classic Bic.. Colnago Super Blue Classic Bicycle 1977
    59 cm
    Pantographed parts. Refurbished frame. Pantographed parts. Refurbished frame.
    €2,699.00
  7. Colnago Junior Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    Colnago Junior Classic Road Bi.. Colnago Junior Classic Road Bicycle 1980s
    56 cm
    Pantographed parts. Campagnolo. Refurbis.. Pantographed parts. Campagnolo. Refurbished frame.
    €1,599.00
  8. Colnago Super Team Molteni Replica 1974
    Colnago Super Team Molteni Rep.. Colnago Super Team Molteni Replica 1974
    55 cm
    Team Molteni colors. Campagnolo Nuovo Re.. Team Molteni colors. Campagnolo Nuovo Record.
    €2,399.00
  9. Colnago Modified Road Frame Set
    Colnago Modified Road Frame Se.. Colnago Modified Road Frame Set
    52 cm
    Modified shifting cable routing. Refurbi.. Modified shifting cable routing. Refurbished.
    Sold
  10. Colnago Super Classic Road Bicycle 1976
    Colnago Super Classic Road Bic.. Colnago Super Classic Road Bicycle 1976
    60 cm
    Refurbished frame. Campagnolo Nuovo Reco.. Refurbished frame. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Pantographed seatpost.
    €2,499.00
  11. Colnago Super Classic Road Bicycle 1973
    Colnago Super Classic Road Bic.. Colnago Super Classic Road Bicycle 1973
    53 cm
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Chromed fork an.. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Chromed fork and rear stays.
    €1,999.00
  12. Colnago CT1 Titanio Road Bicycle
    Colnago CT1 Titanio Road Bicyc.. Colnago CT1 Titanio Road Bicycle
    58 cm
    Titanium frame. Carbon fork and rear tri.. Titanium frame. Carbon fork and rear triangle. Shimano 7700 Dura-Ace.
    €2,499.00
  13. Colnago Super Classic Road Bicycle 1975
    Colnago Super Classic Road Bic.. Colnago Super Classic Road Bicycle 1975
    55 cm
    Original paintjob. Campagnolo Nuovo Reco.. Original paintjob. Campagnolo Nuovo Record. Martano rims.
    €2,499.00
  14. Colnago Nuovo Mexico 'Hermann' Classic Road Bike 1980s
    Colnago Nuovo Mexico 'Her.. Colnago Nuovo Mexico 'Hermann' Classic Road Bike 1980s
    57 cm
    Crimped tubing. Columbus SL. Gipiemme gr.. Crimped tubing. Columbus SL. Gipiemme groupset.
    €2,299.00
  15. Colnago Mexico TT NOS Road Bike 1981
    Colnago Mexico TT NOS Road Bik.. Colnago Mexico TT NOS Road Bike 1981
    54 cm
    Ultra rare. Never used. 1980 Olympics de.. Ultra rare. Never used. 1980 Olympics design. Undersized tubing. Finest parts.
    €11,999.00
  16. Colnago Super Roma Collectible Road Bicycle from 1968
    Colnago Super Roma Collectible.. Colnago Super Roma Collectible Road Bicycle from 1968
    53 cm
    Extrem Selten. Erste Gen. Colnago Super .. Extrem Selten. Erste Gen. Colnago Super Modell mit Originalausstattung aus 1968.
    €4,999.00
  17. Colnago Master Olympic Road Bike 1994
    Colnago Master Olympic Road Bi.. Colnago Master Olympic Road Bike 1994
    53 cm
    Profiled Gilco tubing. Art Decor paint. .. Profiled Gilco tubing. Art Decor paint. Precisa fork. Campagnolo C-Record.
    €2,499.00
  18. Colnago Mexico Road Bike Classic 1970s
    Colnago Mexico Road Bike Class.. Colnago Mexico Road Bike Classic 1970s
    56 cm
    Lightweight tubeset. Campagnolo Record p.. Lightweight tubeset. Campagnolo Record parts.
    Sold
  19. Colnago Super Chromed Road Bike 1980s
    Colnago Super Chromed Road Bik.. Colnago Super Chromed Road Bike 1980s
    53 cm
    Columbus SL tubing. Gold anodized parts... Columbus SL tubing. Gold anodized parts. Chromed frame.
    €4,499.00
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The colourful history of Colnago

The foundations of the brand

The brand Colnago is the creation of the genius Ernesto Colnago, born in 1932, he grew up riding bikes as much as he could. At the age of 13, he forged his birth certificate so that he could get a job in the Gloria bicycle factory in Milan. 

Ernesto loved cycling so much that he not only worked in the shop but also entered amateur races. After a few years, he sadly suffered a career-ending injury - making his future extremely clear: he would build his own bikes. So, in 1952 at the age of 19 he left Gloria and set up Colnago in the small town of Cambiago, just outside of Milan. 

The legendary ‘clubs’ logo that is synonymous with Colnago comes from a conversation with Ernesto’s friend Michele Dancelli. He remarked that Colnago bikes were ‘in bloom’ after a victory by the first Italian in 17 years at the Milan-San Remo in 1970. San Remo is known as the city of flowers and Ernesto had always hoped to be a manufacturing ‘ace’. He left the race that year with the image imprinted in his mind.


Here is an example of Colnago’s vision realised on a Colnago Mexico TT.

 

Colnago’s road to success

A chance encounter on a leisurely ride around Milan would propel the brand towards their legendary status. In 1952, Ernesto met the extremely successful Fiorenzo Magni who was complaining of pains running down his leg. After a quick survey of the bike that Magni was riding, Ernesto deduced that the crank arms had been badly fitted on his bike. Magni listened to the advice and upon returning home altered his bike and knew right away that Ernesto was a man that knew bikes and could be trusted.

For the 1955 Giro d'Italia, Magni chose to bring Ernesto along as his mechanical assistant. Magni went on to win the illustrious Pink Jersey and as a result the Colnago brand gained a huge amount of popularity.

Ernesto’s success with Magni meant that he was scouted to work with the Molteni team through the 1960s. During this time, many great cyclists rode Colnago bikes for the team. One particular rider who was just emerging was Gianni Motta, who achieved wonderful victories during his time with Molteni between 1964-1968.

 

The Eddy Merckx years

Following the collapse of the Faema team, the legend Eddy merckx was approached by Molteni to ride for them. Some of Merckx most inspirational and successful races were done on Colnago bikes. He also had extremely high demands and his own ideas about how to get faster and be more successful. This time working so closely together helped Colnago gain invaluable experience.

Merckx was so content with the construction of Colnago bikes that when he attempted to break the One Hour World Record, there was only one made for the job. Then in 1972, Merckx headed to Mexico City to do it. Colnago designed a custom track bike for Merckx to attempt the challenge - which he succeeded in demolishing.

The steel framed bike that Colnago produced weighed a tiny 5.75kg! It also took over 200 hours of work to be realised; however the results were phenomenal and worth every second of effort. 

 

Colnago and the end of the steel frame

After the success of the SCIC Cycling Team sponsorship of Colnago in 1974, Colnago was allowed to put its logo of the ace of flowers onto clothing and frames - meaning the brand became instantly recognisable. 

At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, the Soviet Union entered a technical and commercial collaboration with Colnago. The USSR team won Gold, a massive victory for the world of cycling and even more so for the brand that made it all possible: Colnago. 

In 1983, after feeling as though perfection was in his reach, Ernesto went back to the drawing board to make the ultimate steel road bike. With the help of the infamous Columbus Tubing, the Colnago Master was born. An innovative bicycle that included beautiful star shaped tubing to increase rigidity of the frame. It would also turn out to be one of Colnago’s final ventures in the world of steel frames. 

The 1980s saw a boom in new technologies being introduced into professional road bike racing - one of particular importance to Colnago was the reliance on carbon fiber as opposed to steel for frame manufacturing. Colnago invested heavily into it and reaped the rewards after success with the Mapei cycling team throughout the later part of the 80s and well into the 90s. 

 

The most breathtaking Colnago’s to ever exist

During Ernesto’s time at Gloria bicycles, he learned to love intricate lugwork design that featured on their bicycles. He wanted to pay tribute to the company that helped him along his way to success by mimicking the ornate lugs on his Arabesque. The joints of which are decorated with designs that are reminiscent of Arabian intricacies and makes the bike breathtaking to behold.


The lugwork on the Colnago Arabesque are extremely ornate and beautiful. On this vintage model from 1984, you can really see the contrast between the striking chromework and the paintwork.

 


This is a replica of the Colnago Super that Merckx rode during his time with team Molteni as he achieved title after titled in the early 70s.

 


Following Merckx’s astonishing world breaking record in the Hour, the Colnago Nuovo Mexico was released. This spawned from the success of Guiseppe Saronni in the 1982 World Championships in the same city Merckx achieved greatness.

 


Here is a Colnago Super dating back to the 1970s, when frames manufactured from steel were the only option for professional teams. The matte black paintwork pairs beautifully with the yellow detailing which is then enhanced by the chromed front fork.

 

The long-lasting legacy of Colnago

Due to Colnago’s involvement with high-end professional racing, the brand earnt itself a prestigious reputation. This is something that it still very much enjoys to this day, as the brand is still in operation and producing top of the line road racing bikes. Although the steel frames have widely been replaced, the ethos of providing the ultimate vehicle for the athlete to achieve great things remains at the centre of the company.

They still sell 2 retro bikes: the Colnago Master and the Arabesque. These are two of the most successful models that the brand ever released and have stood the test of time, as they are both still extraordinarily popular. 

 


Here is a fine example of a vintage Colnago Master. Looking closely, you can see the star shaped tubing on the top tube and of course the unmistakable Colnago logo.

However, nowadays the brand enjoys unparalleled success from their carbon frames - although it is a venture away from the origins of what made the brand great in the first place, it shows the innovative nature of Ernesto.