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 about 1981, Ernesto Colnago decided to crimp the frame tubes (something that bike builders had been doing to chain stays for decades). In 1982 the Nuovo Mexico was released, later the Arabesque Regal and Esa Mexico model came with even more exclusive tubing – 4 crimps on the top tube, 6 crimps on the down tube and none inside the chain stays. The ESA Mexico is for sure the rarest of all Mexico models, it has been built for a short time and in small numbers.
Proudly presenting one of the best steel racing machines that ever left Ernesto’s factory , the COLNAGO ESA Mexico. which dates back to late 1980s. The frame is shining in beautiful Colnago retinato paintjob, made of crimped Columbus SL tubing (4 crimps on top tube, 6 on down tube), built with Campagnolo C Record groupset and iconic Delta brakes, 3ttt cockpit, Ambrosio Metamorphosis rims and San Marco Rolls saddle. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
Love at first sight! For all Colnago enthusiasts.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Esa Mexico, crimped Columbus SL tubing
-seat tube (c-t): 61 cm
-top tube (c-c): 58 cm
-headset tube: 17,2 cm
-standover: 85 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo C Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo C Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo C Record
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo C Record
Headset: Campagnolo C Record
Shifters: Campagnolo C Record
Brake Levers: Campagnolo C Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Delta
Stem: 3ttt Colnago pantograph (110mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Superleggero (42cm c-c)
Hubs: Campagnolo C Record (32)
Rims: Ambrosio Metamorphosis
Cassette: Regina CX (7s)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo C Record (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle San Marco Rolls (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo C Record
Toe cage: Campagnolo C Record
Leather straps : Canpagnolo, leather (new)
Handlebar Tape: Black (new)
Condition: Used, but good condition. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Original paint and decals. Chrome is in very good condition. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.
Era: late 1980s