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 the early 1980’s Colnago collaborated with Columbus to develop a new oval shaped tube that was designed to decrease aerodynamic drag and enhance overall frame stiffness. Their new project was named – Colnago Oval CX. Whilst this frame incorporated futuristic aero design, the Colnago Oval CX bicycle was made in only in available for a few years, making this model a collector’s item.
Aerodynamic oval shaped tubes and special lugs were created to streamline this frame, however this frame featured several other design changes in the pursuit of aero gains:
– shift levers mounted on top of the down tube.
– shift cables are routed inside the down tube.
– rear brake cable is routed inside top tube (Più style).
– CX fork has flat side profile to reduce frontal drag.
– Rear brake reverse mounted (inside the rear triangle).
Proudly presenting one of the most beautiful and exclusive bikes that ever left Colnago’s factory – Colnago Oval CX. Superb frameset is made of Aero Columbus SL tubing, marked with N2, completelly built with Campagnolo 50th Anniversary groupset (no.8276) with prototype Cobalto Campagnolo 50th levers, 3ttt Colnago stem and handlebar, San Marco Concor saddle with Ernesto Colnago signature. Ernesto Colnago really wanted to show the world that they offered the best craftsmanship in frame building. The quality shines through even after so many years!
A real jewel! For all Colnago enthusiasts.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Oval CX (marked with N2)
-seat tube (c-t): 57.5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 56 cm
-headset tube: 14.5 cm
-standover: 81 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo 50th Ann, no. 8276 (53/42)
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Shifters: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Cobalto 50th Ann
Brakes: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Hubs: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Rims: Fir Sirius
Headset: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Seatpost: Campagnolo for Colnago Oval Cx (20mm)
Saddle: San Marco Concor Ernesto Colnago
Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph (105 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Modello Competizione
Pedals: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Toe cages: Campagnolo 50th Ann
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar tape: Benotto yellow (original)
Condition: Mint condition. Ridden a few times. Groupset and components are in great condition and works fine.
Weight: 9.2 kg