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 – 6 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 1984. The frame dates back to mid 1980s, shining in beautiful Colnago paintjob, made of crimped Columbus SL tubing (6 crimps on top tube, 6 on down tube), completelly built with Campagnolo Super Record groupset with pantograph Colnago chainring and shifters, 3ttt cockpit, clincher Campagnolo Omega rims and San Marco Concor 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): 62 cm
-top tube (c-c): 58,5 cm
-headset tube: 17,8 cm
-standover: 85,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Super Record
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record / Colnago pantograph
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3ttt Colnago pantograph
Handlebar: 3ttt Super Criterium
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (32)
Rims: Campagnolo Omega (clinchers)
Cassette: Regina CX (6s)
Chain: Regina CX
Tires: Veloflex Master (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record, Colnago pantograph (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle San Marco Concor (new)
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri
Toe cage: Campagnolo
Leather straps : Christophe, leather black (new)
Handlebar Tape: Black (new)
Condition: The frame has been completely restored, rechromed and refubrished by professional guy. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Campagnolo Super Record groupset is in excellent condition.
Era: mid 1980s