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.
Colnago Super Freccia is one of the Ernestos earliest bikes and for sure one of the most collectible racing bikes. It’s very hard to find any informations but released in early 1960s, a predecessor of Colnago Freccia and Colnago Super Roma which became a legend with Eddy Merckx ridding for Molteni Team.
Here we are proudly presenting one of the most exquisite steel bicycles that ever come to our store, one of the earliest masterpieces by great Ernesto Colnago, a real jewel – Colnago Super Freccia 1960-61. The frame is work of art, shinning in original green paintjob, very likely made of Reynolds 531 tubing, with lubrication pin on the headset tube. Completely original build with top of the top parts available back in very late 1950s: Campagnolo Gran Sport derailleurs and shifters, very first Campagnolo Record crankset and headset, Universal 453949 brakes, FB high flange hubs. Unnecessary combination of cockpit: Ambrosio Champion aluminium stem with steel Cinelli handlebar (most of pro riders didn’t like the aluminium Ambrosio Champion handlebar simply because, it wasn’t stiff enough. Original BROOKS saddle and original bar tape. Bicycle stayed in a private museum for the last 40 years.
Extremely rare jewel. No doubt, one of the oldest Colnago in existence. A museum piece.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Freccia, Columbus SL (marked with 527 and no.10 under bb shell)
– seat tube (c-t): 59 cm
– top tube (c-c): 57.5 cm
– headset tube: 15.8 cm
– standover: 82 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen 1958 (170mm)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport
Headset: Campagnolo Gran Sport
Brake Levers: Universal 453949
Brakes: Universal 453949
Shifters: Campagnnolo Gran Sport
Stem: Ambrosio Champion
Handlebar: Cinelli (steel)
Hubs: FB high flange
Freewheel: Everest (5speed)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record 1st gen (27.2 mm)
Seat: BROOKS (original)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Handlebar Tape: cloth, biege
Condition: Used, but still decent condition. Completely original. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.