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.
Marino Basso (born 1 June 1945, Rettorgole di Caldogno, Veneto) is an Italian former professional road racing cyclist, considered one of the best sprinters of the 1970s, often duelling with Belgians Patrick Sercu, Guido Reybroeck, Roger de Vlaeminck, and fellow Italian Dino Zandegù. He rode for Molteni Team in years 1968-71 with Eddy Merckx, then he moved to Bianchi Salvarini Team in 1972 and stayed there till 1974.
Basso won the 1972 World Cycling Championship in Gap, France, a total of 15 stages at the Giro d’Italia, 6 at the Tour de France and 6 at the Vuelta a España. He was Giro d’Italia’s points classification winner in 1971 and the Italian national champion in 1972. He is not related to Italian cyclist Ivan Basso, but his brother Alcide founded Basso Bikes.
Here we are proudly presenting another masterpiece by great Ernesto, one of very earlier Super bikes – the Colnago Super MOLTENI , ridden by Marino Basso and dates back to 1968-69. The frame is work of art, made of Columbus SL tubing and was a reference by which other racing bikes were judged back in late 1960s. Completely original condition. No words needed.
A museum piece.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Super Molteni – Columbus SL
– seat tube (c-t): 53 cm
– top tube (c-c): 53.5 cm
– headset tube: 10.2 cm
– standover: 77 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PATENT)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Stem: Cinelli (100 mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Freewheel: Regina (5 speed)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Handlebar Tape: cloth, beige, original
Condition: Completely original condition. No cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are in good condition and are working fine.