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, very similar to this one we are presenting here.
Proudly presenting this legendary racing machine from Cambiago – Colnago Master Saronni. The frame dates back in 1983/84 (very first generation of Master model with flat seat stay), made of Columbus Gilco S4 tubing and was the reference by which other steel frames were judged back in the days. It shinnes in outstanding Saronni paintjob, completelly built with Campagnolo Super Record groupset, 3ttt Colnago cockpit, Concor saddle and NiSi rims. The Saronni’s just get better with age, same as fine wine…
A real jewel! For all Colnago enthusiasts. Fair price.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Master 1st gen, Columbus Gilco S4 (no.739)
-seat tube (c-t): 55 cm
-top tube (c-c): 54 cm
-headset tube: 12,5cm
-standover: 79 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record (53/42)
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
Hubs: Campagnolo Super Record
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Seatpost: Cammpagnolo Super Record, Colnago pantograph (27,2mm)
Saddle: San Marco Concor Supercorsa (original)
Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph
Handlebar: 3ttt Modello Competizione
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri
Toe cages / leather straps: Christophe (new)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar tape: white (new)
Condition: Used, but very good condition. Some signs of normal use. Refubrished by professional guy. Groupset and components are in excellent condition