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 which dates back to 1984. The frame is shining in outstanding Oro retinato paintjob, made of crimped Columbus SL tubing (2 crimps on top tube, 4 on down tube), built with Campagnolo Super Record (PAT-84) groupset, 3ttt cockpit, new old stock wheelset with Colnago pantograph hubs. The trandescent beauty of this steel icon remains unrivalled.
Love at first sight! For all Colnago enthusiasts. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Nuovo Mexico, crimped Columbus SL tubing
-seat tube (c-t): 52 cm
-top tube (c-c): 52,5 cm
-headset tube: 9,8 cm
-standover: 77 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record, 170mm (52/42, PAT84)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record (PAT 84)
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3ttt Record (90 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Gran Prix
Hubs: Colnago (32h)
Rims: Fir Sirius
Chain: Regina (new old stock)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle San Marco Concor (new)
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri
Toe cage / leather straps : Christophe (new) / leather black (new)
Handlebar Tape: Black, new
Condition: The frame was completely restored and refubrished by professional guy. No cracks, not bent. Tiny dent on the sides of the tube, but hard to recognize. The groupset and wheelset are in mint condition are working fine.