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COLNAGO Mexico Oro – ”Pope John Paul II” 54cm (1978) – 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. 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.

The Colnago Mexico was released to celebrate Eddy Merckx’s world hour record that took place in Mexico City back in 1972. The Cannibal had ridden lightweight Colnago bike (5.75 kg) and with impressive distance 49.431 km in 1h, the record stood for 12 years. The  Mexico is very similar to Super, sometimes it’s s difficult to distinguish between the those two. The only major difference is the slightly thinner 4/10 Columbus SL tubes with inner reinforcements. The Mexico was designed for professionals riders and thanks to Columbus KL tubing it was a synonym for stiffness and lightness.

Almost identical golden Colnago Mexico Oro bike was donated to Pope John Paul II as a gift by Ernesto Colnago in 1978.

Colnago Mexico Oro presented to Pope John Paul II

Colnago Mexico Oro presented to Pope John Paul II


Here we are proudly offering another luxury vingtage  jewel from Cambiago – Colnago Mexico Oro. This beauty dates back to 1978, completelly gold plated frameset, built with Campagnolo Super Record Colnago pantograph groupset (Pat.78), 3ttt Colnago cockpit, Colnago saddle, Regina Oro freewheel and chain. No much words needed. Perfect in every detail…

A real jewel! For all Colnago enthusiasts.



Frame & Fork: Colnago Mexico Oro / Columbus SL


– seat tube (c-t): 54 cm

– top tube (c-c):  53 cm

– headset tube: 11 cm

– standover: 79 cm

Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago pantograph (170mm)

Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Super Record

Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record

Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record (PAT.78)

Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago

Brake Levers: Campagnolo Record with cut-outs

Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record

Hubs: Campagnolo Super Record

Headset: Campagnolo Super Record

Freewheel: Regina Oro (6 speed)

Chain: Regina Oro

Rims: Mavic

Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago Mexico (27,2mm)

Saddle: Colnago, leather

Stem: 3ttt Record, Colnago pantograph (100 mm)

Handlebar: 3ttt Mod.Competizione

Pedals: Campagnolo Super Record

Toe cages / leather straps: Christophe

Handlebar tape: Almarc leather

Bar-ends: Colnago, gold/black



Condition: Used as a display bike. Looks like new. No cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are working fine.

Year: 1978

Price: SOLD (October 2022)