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 SL 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 Colnagos masterpieces – Colnago Freccia1968. The frame is work of art,shinning in outstanding orange paintjob, made of Columbus SL tubing, built with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset (1968), Universal Super 68 brakes, T.T.T. cockpit, BROOKS saddle. No much words needed, simply love at first sight.
Very rare jewel. For all Colnago enthusiats. A museum piece.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Freccia, Columbus SL (marked with no.13 under bb shell)
– seat tube (c-t): 55,5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 55 cm
– headset tube: 12 cm
– standover: 79,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PATENT)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Universal Super 68
Brakes: Universal Super 68
Shifters: Campagnnolo Record
Stem: T.T.T. Gran Prix (10cm)
Handlebar: T.T.T. Gran Prix
Hubs: Campagnolo Record high flange
Freewheel: Regina Oro (5speed)
Chain: Regina Oro
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27mm)
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Handlebar Tape: cloth, biege
Tubulars: Vittoria Rally (new)
Condition: Frame was completely restored and refubrished by a professional guy. The frame has no cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are in excerllent condition and are working fine. The bike looks like it just came out of the factory, more than 50 years ago…