Ernesto Colnago was born on February 9, 1932 in Cambiago, near Milan, Italy. At age 13 he entered in world of two wheels and immediately he fall in love with bikes and cycling. In 1952 he founded Colnago and started to work as mechanic for several professional teams. His first big success as a frame builder dates back in 1960 when Luigi Arienti won gold medal at the Rome Olympic games. Colnago’s bikes still have a domination of the world’s cycling sports because Ernesto was always an innovator and pioneer of new technologies which supposedly provide more efficency or comfort.
In response to criticism that Colnago frames were not stiff enough, Ernesto experimented with various crimped-tube frames. In 1982 he introduced their top model ”Nuovo Mexico”, 2 years later he released Colnago Master (and Master Arabesque) with Columbus S4 tubing. In 1986 Esa Colnago was released, even more exclusive tubing – 6 crimps on the top tube, 6 crimps on the down tube and none inside the chain stays. The ESA tubing were used for Arabesque Regal and Esa Mexico, for sure the rarest of all models, it has been built for a short time and in small numbers.
Since Colnago came up with the beautifully ornamental Arabesque lugs, bicycle lovers all over the world tried to get hold of a one of the rare bikes with these iconic pieces. Unfortunately the number of frames with Arabesque lugs is limited and the number of collectors is high enough to have quick and totally absorbed each piece that has ever entered the market. Even nowadays you can find some mid 1980s Arabesque bikes on the market, but Arabesque Regal are extremelly rare to see for sale.
Proudly presenting one of the most exclusive steel masterpieces that ever left Ernesto’s factory – COLNAGO Arabesque Regal. This jewel dates back to 1986, shining in outstanding paintjob, made of crimped Columbus SL tubing (6 crimps on top tube, 6 on down tube), completelly built with the most exclusive Campagnolo 50th groupset (no.6558), 3ttt Colnago cockpit, San Marco Concor saddle. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
A real jewel. Extremely rare. For all Colnago enthusiasts.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Arabesque Regal, crimped Columbus SL tubing
– seat tube (c-t): 57 cm
– top tube (c-c): 56 cm
– headset tube: 14.3 cm
– standover: 81 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary (170mm, no.6558)
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Front derailleur: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Headset: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Shifters: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Brake Levers: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Brakes: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Stem: 3ttt Record, Colnago pantograph
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Competizione
Hubs: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Seatpost: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Seat: Selle San Marco Concor
Pedals: Campagnolo 50th Anniversary
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar Tape: blue, original
Condition: Ridden a few times. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset is in mint condition. All parts are working fine.