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.
Colnago Freccia is one of Ernestos very early bikes and for sure one of the most collectible racing bikes. It was released in early 1960s, a predecessor of Colnago Super which became a legend with Eddy Merckx ridding for Molteni Team. The Freccia was designed for professionals riders and thanks to Columbus tubing, it was a synonym for stiffness and lightness. The ‘Freccia’ was fast like an arrow, got the name by typical ‘arrowhead’-designed seat stay caps and was a reference by which other racing bikes were judged back in 1960s.
Here we are proudly presenting another very rare steel beauty, one of earlier Ernesto’s masterpieces – Colnago Frecca. The frame is work of art, shinning in blue paintjob, made of Columbus tubing and Campagnolo drop-outs. The cherry on the top of the cake is the built: full period correct top of the line Campagnolo Record 1st gen / Nuovo Record parts (all from 1968), with very early Campagnolo prototype brakes (very very hard to find) and Campagnolo Gran Sport shifters placed at the end of the handlebar. Other parts that complete the built are: Cinelli stem and handlebar, BROOKS saddle, Martano rims. No much words needed, simply love at first sight.
A real jewel. For all Colnago enthusiats. A museum piece.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Freccia, Columbus SL
– seat tube (c-t): 54 cm
– top tube (c-c): 52.5 cm
– headset tube: 10.8 cm
– standover: 78 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT) ’68
Headset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Prototype 1968
Shifters: Campagnolo Gran Sport (handlebar end version)
Stem: Cinelli (105 mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record 1st gen (high flange)
Freewheel: Regina Oro (5 speed)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27 mm)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Leather straps: Colnago
Toe cages: Christophe
Handlebar Tape: cloth, yellow
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Condition: Frame was completely restored and refubrished by a professional guy. No cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are in good condition and are working fine.