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 the 1970s many people longed for the successful models of professional racers, like the Colnago Mexico or Super. It was clear that they were too expensive for a large number of potential customers. Ernesto released Colnago Export, economy variety of Colnago Super. With small changes to the professional-level Super model, it was possible to lower the price of the bike enough to make it affordable for club riders.
As for the frame, the geometry stayed the same but the Columbus SL tubing was changed for a slightly heavier gauge. As a side-effect, the frame became more stable.The typical Nuovo Record and Super Record parts which were ubiquitous on the Super, mostly were replaced by Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport ones on the Export. These minor changes meant, that an ambitious rider on an Export could easily outrace a rider on a more expensive Super steed, by making up for some grams with a few watts extra.
Here we are offering a vintage Italian steel bike from Cambiago – COLNAGO Export, which dates back to late 1970s, shinning in original metallic blue. The frame is made of Columbus SL steel, fully build with Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport groupset, pantograph 3ttt Colnago cockpit, Ambrosio rims. Love at first sight.
Nice catch for all Colnago enthusiasts. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Export / Columbus steel tubing
– seat tube (c-t): 50.5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 52 cm
– headset tube: 9 cm
– standover: 75.5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport (170mm)
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport
Brake Levers: Universal 77
Brakes: Universal 77
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Competizione
Stem: 3ttt Record Colnago (90 mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Nuovo Gran Sport
Cassette: Regina (6 speed)
Seat: San Marco Concor Junior
Toe cage: Christophe
Leather straps: Christophe
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar Tape: yellow, cotton
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Groupset and parts are in good condition. All parts are working fine.
Era: late 1970s
Weight: 9.05 kg (as on photos)