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. 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 1984 he introduced their top model ”Master” and the legend was born. The Master was constructed with famous ”star shaped’ top, seat and down tube profile tubing called Columbus Gilco S4 designed by Gilberto Colombo to improve performance. The first version of the Colnago Master was produced in years 1984-87, later Master Più was launched.
Del Tongo Colnago is one of the most successful Italian teams and was active from 1982 – 1991. They had many very famous riders on board like G.Saronni, Van Calster, D.Thurau, G.Baronchelli, M.Cipollini, M.Fondriest, F.Ballerini… In 1984 and 1985 the entire team was racing on Colnago Master Crono bikes with Campagnolo Super Record groupsets.
Proudly presenting legendary time trial racing machine from Cambiago – Colnago Master Crono Del Tongo, which dates back to 1984-85. The frame is made of superb Columbus Gilco S4 tubing, shinning in original paintjob, featuring 26″ / 28″ wheels and internal cables routing. Built with full pantograph Colnago Campagnolo Super Record groupset, 3ttt Colnago stem and handlebar, San Marco Concor saddle. A real eye-catcher.
Holly grail for all Colnago enthusiasts. A museum piece. Amazing condition.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Master Crono / Columbus Gilco S4
– seat tube (c-t): 60 cm
– top tube (c-c): 58.5 cm
– headset tube: 8.5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago (53/42)
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Hubs: Campagnolo Super Record
Rims: Durex Aerodynamic (26″ / 28″)
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record (27,2mm)
Saddle: San Marco Concor
Pedals: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph
Handlebar: 3ttt Crono
Tubulars: Vittoria Cronometro CX – Exlusive for Colnago 26″ / 28″
Condition: Mint condition. Original paint and decals. No dents, no cracks, not bent. All parts are working fine.