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COLNAGO Dream – authentic bike of Luca PAOLINI (MAPEI Quick-Step Team 2000) – SOLD

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. 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.

The aluminium was the material of choice after Marco Pantani won Giro d’Itali and Tour de France in 1998 on his aluminium Bianchi Mega Pro. In 1999 and 2000, the most important bike manufacturers Colnago, Pinarello, Bianchi, De Rosa and others were supplying their world top riders with different varieties of aluminium frames. Colnago’s top of the line aluminium frame was called Dream and it was made of welded Columbus Airplane aluminum tubing, with star shaped top and down tube, carbon precisa forks. It was light, stiff and comfortable. The Mapei  Quick Step Team riders had a choice of racing with aluminium Dream, carbon C40 or CT1 titanium bikes.

Here we are proudly presenting another Italian racing machine – Colnago Dream Mapei, authentic bike of Italian Luca Paolini. It’s Paolini’s first bike he got from Team Mapei Quick Step back in late 1999 and he used it for the first part of 2000 season. A superlight and stiff frameset is made of star shaped profiled Columbus Airplane Aluminium tubing, steel Precisa forks, shining in amazing Mapei Team paintjob, built with Shimano Dura Ace 7700 groupset, ITM stem and handlebar, original Colnago bar tape. Love at first sight.

The legend. 


Frame & Fork: Colnago Dream Mapei (Airplane Aluminium) with steel Precisa fork (marked with M3)


– top tube (c-c): 53.5 cm

– seat tube (c-t): 54.5 cm

– headset tube: 11.3 cm

– standover: 77.5 cm

Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace 7700, 172,5mm (53/39)

Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Levers: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Hubs: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Chain: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Seatpost: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Headset: Shimano Dura Ace 7700

Stem: ITM Milenium

Handlebar: ITM Pro

Handlebar tape: Colnago, cork, original



Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. Groupset and other components are in very good condition.

Year: 1999/2000

Price: SOLD (October 2023)