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COLNAGO Master Crono Del Tongo 26″/28″, Campagnolo C Record, 54.5cm (late 1980s) – SOLD

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 1987 and 1988 the entire team was racing on Colnago Master bikes with Campagnolo C Record groupsets.


G.Saronni (Del Tongo) during time trial

G.Saronni (Del Tongo) on Colnago Master Crono


Proudly presenting legendary time trial racing machine from Cambiago – Colnago Master Crono, which dates back to mid 1988. The frame is made of superb Columbus Gilco S4 tubing, shinning in outstanding Tricolore paintjob, build with extraordinary Ambrosio 26”/28′‘wheelset,  Campagnolo C Record groupset with iconic Delta brakes, 3ttt Colnago stem, San Marco Concor saddle. A real eye-catcher in amazing condition. Perfect in every detail.

Holly grail for all Colnago enthusiasts. A museum piece.



Frame & Fork: Colnago Master / Columbus Gilco S4


– seat tube (c-t): 54.5 cm

– top tube (c-c): 55.5 cm

– headset tube: 8.3 cm

Wheelset: Ambrosio Logos for Colnago

Crankset: Campagnolo C Record

Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo C Record

Front Derailleur: Campagnolo C Record

Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo C Record

Shifters: Campagnolo C Record

Brake Levers: Campagnolo C Record

Brakes: Campagnolo C Record Delta

Headset: Campagnolo C Record

Seatpost: Campagnolo C Record (27,2mm)

Saddle: San Marco Concor

Pedals: Campagnolo SGR

Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph



Condition: Mint condition. No dents, no cracks, not bent. Used as display bike.

Era: late 1980s

Price: SOLD (November 2021)