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 is for sure one of the most succesful racing bikes in history. It was released in 1968, produced for more than 20 years, was Colnago’s top model of late 1960 and 1970s and became a legend with Eddy Merckx ridding for Molteni Team. The Super was designed for professionals riders and thanks to Columbus SL tubing it was a synonym for stiffness and lightnes.
Our examplar is one of the very latest ”Super” bikes, it already has all details of his successor (Nuovo Mexico) like crimped chain stays, rear brake bridge with Colnago club, Colnago stamped on chromed chainstays except the crimped top tube and down tube. In 1982 the Nuovo Mexico was released and immediatelly succed when Giuseppe Saronni riding for Del Tongo-Colnago won the World Champioships ’82 in Goodwood.
Happy to offer one of the most iconic bikes by famous Ernesto Colnago, the COLNAGO Super 1981, made of superb Columbus SL tubing, shining in amazing Saronni red paintjob, completelly equiped with top of the line Campagnolo Super Record groupset, Regina Oro cassete and chain, 3ttt cockpit, Mavic GP4 rims and San Marco Concor saddle.
Love at first sight.
Frame & Fork: Colnago Super, Columbus SL steel
-seat tube (c-t): 58 cm,
-top tube (c-c): 57 cm,
-headset tube: 15,5 cm,
-standover: 82 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record (53/42)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record (PAT.82)
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3ttt, Colnago pantograph
Handlebar: 3ttt, Modello Competizione
Chain: Regina Oro
Cassette: Regina Extra Oro (6speed)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (32s)
Rims: Mavic GP4
Tubulars: Vittoria Rally
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (27,2mm)
Seat: San Marco Concor (new)
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri
Toe cage / leather straps: Christophe (new)
Handlebar Tape: White (new)
Condition: Used. The frame was completelly restored, re-chromed and refubrished by professional guy. The frame no cracks, no dents and is not bend. Some signs of normal use on the groupset and wheelset, generally in good condition. All parts are working fine.
Era: early 1980s