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.
Mapei was an Italian-based pro cycling team active from 1993 to 2002, named after sponsoring firm MAPEI. They were the biggest and most ambitious team that cycling has ever seen and won practically everything. Looking back from another decade, we examine that Mapei team earned a unique place in cycling history. For 7 years in a row (1994-2000) they won UCI Team rankings. Stars riders included Abraham Olano, Johan Museeuw, Michele Bartoli, Franco Ballerini, Óscar Freire, Frank Vandenbroucke, Andrea Tafi, Tony Rominger, among the others… COLNAGO was an official bike suplier for MAPEI team in years 1994-2002.
The TECNOS is Colnago’s lightest steel racing frame made from 1995-2000. Superb frame is made of customized Columbus Nivachrom steel tubes, oversize top and down tubes with five-leaf-clover shaping. Chromed three point crown-tip lugs on head tube and Precisa steel fork.
Proudly presenting this legendary and one the very desirable team bikes – COLNAGO Tecnos MAPEI. The frame is made of superlight tubes, shining in legendary MAPEI paintjob and build with superb Shimano Dura Ace 7410 groupset. The frame is marked with M4 at the rear drop-outs. The register is saying it belongs to Italian rider Giuseppe Di Grande who raced for Mapei GB team in years 1996-1999. No much words needed.
The ICON. For true collectors
Frame & Fork: Colnago Tecnos Mapei (M4 mark)
– seat tube (c-t): 55 cm
– top tube (c-c): 54 cm
– headset tube: 13,4 cm
– standover: 80 cm
Crankset: Shimano Dura ace 7410 (172,5mm)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7410
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7410
Brake Levers /Shifters: : Shimano Dura Ace 7410
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace 7403
Seatpost: Shimano Dura Ace 7410 (27,2mm)
Rims: Mavic Open
Hubs: Wolrd Class
Cassette: Dura ace 7410 8s
Tires: Vittoria Pro Tecno (new old stock)
Chain: Shimano HG Dura Ace 8s
Pedals: Shimano 7401
Saddle: San Marco Rolls
Stem: Italmanubri (110mm)
Handlebar: ITM 260
Handlebar tape: Black
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No dents, no cracks, no bends. Some paintchips and signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.