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.
In about 1981, Ernesto Colnago decided to crimp the frame tubes (something that bike builders had been doing to chain stays for decades). Colnago Nuovo Mexico was released in 1982/83, it was stiffer than Super or Mexico models and has 2 crimps on the top tube, 4 crimps on the down tube and none inside the chain stays (Colnago Super Profil has 2 crimps on top tube, 2 crimps on down tube, crimped chainstays). The Nuovo Mexico is also predecessor for Colnago’s future models with more crimps: the Master, the Arabesque Regal and Esa Mexico.
Happy to present one of the best steel racing machines that ever left Ernesto’s factory, the COLNAGO Nuovo Mexico Oro which dates back to 1982. It’s a first generation of Nuovo Mexico, completely gold plated with a combination of black, made of crimped Columbus SL tubing (2 crimps on top tube, 2 on down tube). Built with full pantograph Colnago Campagnolo Super Record groupset, 3ttt Colnago stem and handlebar, Mavic rims, San Marco Rolls saddle. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
A museum piece.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Nuovo Mexico Oro 24k, crimped Columbus SL tubing
– seat tube (c-t): 57 cm
– top tube (c-c): 56 cm
– headset tube: 14.5 cm
– standover: 81 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago
Stem: 3ttt Colnago (105 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Competizione
Hubs: Campagnolo Super Record
Freewheel: Regina CX (6 speed)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record Colnago (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle San Marco Rolls
Pedals: Campagnolo Super Record
Toe cages: Campagnolo
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar Tape: Almarc
Condition: Used as display bike. Probably never ridden.