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 1983 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 1983-87, later Master Più and Master Olympic were released.
Italian cyclist Giuseppe Saronni was one of the best riders in early 1980s, riding for Del Tongo – Colnago Team. In 1982 he won the World Championship in Gooodwood, England riding Colnago Nuovo Mexico which was just launched. In 1983 Saronni won famous one day classic Milano – San Remo and Giro d’Italia. In years 1983 -1985 he was winning on Colnago Master and by no surprise his bike was build with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset.
Proudly presenting another legendary steel racing machine from Cambiago – Colnago Master, which dates back to 1985/86, shinning in outstanding ”retinato” paintjob, completelly built with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset with very rare triple chainring (serial no. 1729), 3ttt Colnago cockpit, San Marco Regal saddle. No much words needed.
A real jewel! For all Colnago enthusiasts. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Master Retinato, Columbus Gilco S4
– seat tube (c-t): 51 cm
– top tube (c-c): 52.5 cm
– headset tube: 8.8 cm
– standover: 76 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo 50th Ann (170mm, 52/42/32, serial no. 1729)
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Shifters: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Brake Levers: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Brakes: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Hubs: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Headset: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Seatpost: Cammpagnolo 50th Ann (27,2mm)
Saddle: San Marco Regal
Stem: 3ttt Colnago (100 mm)
Pedals: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Toe cages: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Leather straps: Colnago (original)
Rims: Fir EA60
Tires: Veloflex (new)
Condition: Excellent condition, very low mileage. Original paint and decals. No dents, no cracks, not bent. All parts are working fine.