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 response to criticism that Colnago frames were not stiff enough, Ernesto experimented with various crimped-tube frames. In 1982 he introduced their top model ”Nuovo Mexico”, 2 years later he released Colnago Master and Master Arabesque with Columbus S4 tubing.
Since Colnago came up with the beautifully ornamental Arabesque lugs, bicycle lovers all over the world tried to get hold of a one of the rare bikes with these iconic pieces. Unfortunately the number of frames with Arabesque lugs is limited and the number of collectors is high enough to have quick and totally absorbed each piece that has ever entered the market. Master Arabesque has been built for a short time and in small numbers.
Proudly presenting another beautiful masterpiece by great Ernesto – Colnago Master Arabesque Tricolore. This jewel dates back to 1985, shining in outstanding “Tricolore” paintjob, made of crimped Columbus Gilco S4 tubing. Completelly built with top of the line Campagnolo Super Record groupset, 3ttt Colnago stem and handlebar, San Marco Rolls saddle, Mavic GP4 rims. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
A real jewel. For all Colnago enthusiasts. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Master, Columbus Gilco S4
-seat tube (c-t): 57 cm
-top tube (c-c): 56 cm
-headset tube: 9.7 cm
-standover: 77 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record Tricolore
Hubs: Campagnolo Super Record
Rims: Mavic GP4
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record (27.2mm)
Saddle: San Marco Rolls
Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph (105 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Competizione
Pedals: Campagnolo Super Record
Leather straps: Christophe
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar tape: red leather, vintage
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No dents, no cracks, not bent. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.