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 1982 he introduced their top model ”Nuovo Mexico” and the legend was born. The Nuovo Mexico was constructed with famous ”crimped” Columbus SL tubing.
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. This year he rode Colnago Nuovo Mexico with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset. Almost identical we are presenting here.
Proudly presenting another legendary steel racing machine from Cambiago – Colnago Nuovo Mexico “Saronni”. Superb frameset is made of crimped Columbus SL tubing, shinning in outstanding Saronni paintjob, built with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset (no.3034), 3ttt Colnago cockpit, Concor saddle. No much words needed. The Saronni’s just get better with age, same as fine wine…
Unfortunately we can’t prove the bike belongs to Giuseppe Saronni, but the fact is, that he rode identical bike in 1983: same frame with the same size, same groupset, same wheels, same saddle, same stem and handlebar.
A real jewel! For all Colnago enthusiasts.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Nuovo Mexico, crimped Columbus SL tubing
-seat tube (c-t): 53.5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 53.5 cm
-headset tube: 10.8 cm
-standover: 78 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo 50th Ann (53/41)
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
Rims: Mavic SSC
Seatpost: Campagnolo 50th Ann (27,2mm)
Saddle: San Marco Concor
Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph (105 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Modello Competizione for Colnago
Pedals: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Toe cages: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Leather straps: REG
Handlebar tape: leather, white
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Groupset and components are in great condition and works fine.