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Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago, Italy. It remained a family-controlled firm until May 4, 2020, when it was announced that the UAE -based investment company, Chimera Investments LLC had acquired majority of the Colnago stakes from Ernesto Colnago, although the headquarters will remain located in Italy since the skill. [ 1 ] rather of following his family ‘s grow business, Ernesto Colnago chose to work in the motorbike trade, apprenticing inaugural with Gloria Bicycles at 13, subsequently taking up road rush. After a bad crash ended his racing career, he began subcontracting for Gloria, opened his own denounce in 1954, building his first frames the same year. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] While building frames, he remained much in demand as a rush automobile mechanic. He was second machinist on the Nivea team Giro d’Italia under Faliero Masi in 1955, finally being employed as steer mechanic for the Molteni team of belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx in 1963. [ 4 ] The company first became known for high quality steel framed bicycles suitable for the demanding environment of professional rush, and belated as one of the more creative cycle manufacturers responsible for innovations in design and experiment with newly and diverse materials including carbon fiber, nowadays a anchor of modern bicycle construction .

history [edit ]

The touch of Ernesto Colnago, which appears as a decal on all modern Colnago bicycles, except the special Ferrari versions.

One of the beginning big victories on a Colnago skeletal system was in 1957, when Gastone Nencini won the 1957 edition of the Giro five hundred ’ Italia bicycle race on a Colnago bicycle. [ 3 ] In 1960, Colnago achieved more realization as Luigi Arienti ride to a gold decoration at the Rome Olympics on a Colnago bicycle. By the late 1960s, Colnago was by and large regarded as one of the builders of the world ‘s best steel road raceway frames. While Ernesto was the head automobile mechanic of the Molteni team, riders such as Gianni Motta raced on Colnago bikes. A acquire on a Colnago in the 1970 Milan-San Remo subspecies by Michele Dancelli for the Molteni team inspired Colnago to change his logo to the now-famous ‘Asso di Fiori ‘ or Ace of Clubs. [ 5 ] After the death of the Faema team, Eddie Merckx joined the Molteni team, and what ensued was reciprocal innovation—as Colnago describes it : “ Merckx was an up and occur ace, and I was an up and coming motorcycle builder. So it was a real honor to work for a capital supporter like Merckx. It helped us to grow … when we made extra forks, and special bikes. ” This included the super-light steel frame used by Merckx in 1972 to break the global one-hour record. [ 6 ] With a growing reputation from their race wins, Colnago plunged into the market for production bikes. In the U.S., the early seventies witnessed another bicycle boom, and Colnago “ pumped out bikes as though the future of world was at venture. ” The anchor of the Colnago line in the 1970s was the Super, followed by the Mexico, named in award of the successful hour attack. other models were added including the Superissimo and Esa Mexico. While the finish on these early Colnagos could be variable, they were great riding bikes and developed a cult-like following. [ 7 ] In 1979, Ernesto Colnago presented Pope John Paul II with a customs, goldplate steel bicycle. [ 8 ] In reaction to criticism that his frames were not rigid adequate, adjacent Colnago experimented with ways to change the behavior of frame of reference components. In 1983, he introduced the Oval CX with an egg-shaped top tube to add stiffness. He then experimented with respective crimped-tube frames which became product models as their top of the range frames, beginning with the “ Super Profil ” and “ Master. ” late “ Master-Light ”, Master Olympic and Master Più extended the range. Colnago built a human body from Columbus tubing used by Giuseppe Saronni to win the earth professional road raceway championship in 1982, and afterwards a ephemeral collection of bikes were badged with the Saronni appoint. [ 9 ] [ 10 ] In 1983, Giuseppe Saronni would go on to win the Giro d’Italia stage slipstream on a Colnago bicycle. [ 3 ] Steel frames winning races made Colnago ‘s repute : “ Between them, Eddy Merckx and Giuseppe Saronni won 719 races from 1965 to 1988, and the majority of those victories were aboard a steel Colnago. Ernesto Colnago first designed the master frame in 1982 as a refilling for the Mexico, which was named after Eddy Merckx ’ s successful Hour record in Mexico city. Over the course of 17 years in the pro peloton, the Master was ridden to hundreds of wins, and there are few bikes that have such a palmarès. “ : [ 11 ] Since the 1980s, while Colnago continued to produce high-end steel bikes, they began to produce motorcycle frames using material other than sword including titanium, aluminum, carbon paper and interracial corporeal frames. One unique frame from this menstruation, the Bititan, has a double titanium down pipe. Crimped and oversize tubes were used on the Tecnos–one of the lightest production sword bikes produced. similarly crimped outsize aluminum tubes were used on the Dream frame. In 1981 Colnago prototyped the CX Pista–a wax monocoque carbon paper roughage bicycle with disk wheels that was shown at the Milan bicycle show. [ 12 ] Subsequently, Colnago worked with Ferrari in developing new carbon roughage engineering, and Ernesto besides credits their engineers for challenging him regarding pitchfork purpose, which led to Colnago ‘s innovative Precisa straight-bladed steel fork ( 1987 ). Colnago besides experimented with multi-material frames, including the CT-1 and CT-2 constructed with titanium main tubes, carbon paper roughage forks and raise stays, and a similarly constructed ( although short-lived ) Master frame of reference constructed with steel main tubes, carbon forks and stays. [ 13 ] Colnago ‘s early on attempts at carbon paper fiber frames were not commercially successful, but the lessons learned were embodied in their flagship frames, such as the C-40, the most seek after bicycle ( 1994 ), and its successor, the C-50 ( 2004 ) –respectively named for Colnago ‘s 40th and 50th years in motorcycle construct. These carbon paper character frames set raw standards of excellence. They were built using a modify human body of traditional motorcycle frame construction, substituting carbon fiber lugs for microinfusion vomit steel, and carbon fiber “ tubes ” for the complex steel tubes used for steel frame construction. like building techniques are used in the latest offer, the C59, named ( as earlier ) for its class of production. While we take for granted the unfold of carbon frames, their success was not a waive termination : “ When we built the C40 we were the only ones to build carbon paper frames and all the mechanics and rival technicians were saying that they would be excessively dangerous to use on cobble roads, specially with the straight carbon paper forks. There was a ship’s company that wanted to fit abeyance forks on the bicycle, but I wasn ’ t going to have suspension forks on the C40. The nox before Paris- Roubaix I had Mr. Squinzi, the Mapei bos, on the phone to me raising his concerns about using such a delicate-looking thing. I told him that we ’ five hundred done all of the tests that we could on the frame and the branch and we were certain there would be no problem. I had to take personal duty for what was going to happen and I spent all night worrying about it, scantily able to sleep. But when I heard that there were 4 Mapei riders in the break, I knew I could relax. ” [ 14 ] The C40 went on to win 5 editions of Paris-Roubaix in 6 years. [ 14 ] Surpringly, the victory of Tadej Pogačar in the 2020 edition of the Tour de France marked the first time a Colnago-branded bicycle was ridden by the overall classification winner, since Merckx ‘s victories were aboard re-branded bikes. [ 15 ] An interview with Ernesto Colnago in which he describes respective iconic Colnagos ( filmed in the factory museum ) is available on YouTube. [ 16 ]

trademark [edit ]

Colnago uses a black symbol exchangeable to the ♣ ( “ Clubs ” ) symbol used on playing cards. Colnago frames ‘ graphics evolved from a baptismal font with gravitas to elaborate and/or creative rouge .
Colnago jersey Colnago has sponsored at least one professional team every year since 1974, frequently sponsoring more than one. In addition, other teams in the peloton have competed on Colnago bikes. probably the most celebrated was the Molteni team which included Eddy Merckx, but the world champion, Giuseppe Saronni besides rode Colnago bikes throughout his career, from 1977 with Scic, belated with Gis Gelati and with Colnago-Del Tongo. Colnago was well known as a sponsor of the legendary Mapei bicycle team throughout the 1990s. For 2005, Colnago sponsored the professional cycle team Rabobank. Colnago has besides been the bicycle patron for the American domestic team, Navigators for whom the australian sprinter Hilton Clarke was a member 2005–2008. For 2006, Team Milram joined their tilt of professionally sponsored teams featuring well-known Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel. In addition, Colnago serves as a co-title patronize of the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago professional cycling team that competes on the UCI Europe Tour and was the official frame supplier to Team Tinkoff in 2007. Starting in the 2011 Tour de France, Team Europcar has ridden Colnago frames. For 2012, Colnago is sponsoring Colnago-CSF Bardiani. A wide tilt of teams is provided below. All years are inclusive. [ 17 ]

current production overview [edit ]

Until early 2006, Colnago produced about all of their entire frameset scope at their Cambiago factory, although dogged rumors of subcontracting out the more basic frames go all the means back to the 1970s. Alan produced some aluminum frames for Colnago in the 1980s, including single and double downtube road and cyclocross models. In March, 2005, Colnago announced that they were joining the Taiwanese-based A-Team, whose members include Giant, Merida and SRAM —the foremost italian manufacturer to do so, to produce mid-ranged bicycle models for the japanese and european markets. [ 18 ] Beginning in 2006, Colnago sourced the Primavera and the Arte from Giant Bicycles of Taiwan. Both received favorable reviews, although some thought the switch of manufacturing out of Italy was a count of some regret. There was some controversy in 2006 over whether Giant would be producing extra models, including carbon frame models, for Colnago. According to statements by Ernesto Colnago this was not the event :

“For the 2006 model year, Colnago will be sourcing two entry-level aluminum road bike models from Giant, made to Colnago’s spec and frame geometry and for sales in Europe and Asia only. All other Colnago bicycles are assembled in Italy. No Colnago carbon fiber frames are made at Giant and none will be, as Mr. Colnago has a long-term sourcing agreement in place with ATR for carbon fiber bicycle frames.”[19]

Despite this denial, since 2007 Colnago ‘s carbon monocoque CLX skeletal system has been manufactured in Taiwan. [ 20 ] In 2008, a irregular Colnago carbon character model, the CX-1 was besides sourced in Taiwan. The top of the credit line Colnago frame, the C64, a well as the Master, and the now discontinued C60, C59, C50, Extreme Power, Extreme C are ( or were ) manufactured and painted in Italy. [ 21 ] In a series of public statements, Colnago has insisted that all designs originate with the italian design team, claiming that the effect of what makes a Colnago is design. The mid-range carbon offerings are presently being sourced from Taiwan, ( as are many bicycle manufacturers ‘ offerings ), and as of 2011, the M10 ( which stands second in the exemplary batting order ) is made in Taiwan and assembled and painted in Italy, while the CX-1 is completely made in Taiwan. [ 22 ] The current top of the line frame, the C64 is the lone carbon paper frame however made in full in Italy. [ 23 ]

Frames [edit ]

aluminum [edit ]

  • Duall—(1988) Double downtube aluminum tubes bonded to aluminum lugs manufactured by Alan for Colnago, lug design from the single downtube version.
  • MegaMaster—welded Columbus Altec aluminium alloy profiled tubes with mega downtube and a “master” profile top tube.
  • Asso—(2000s) Altec Zonal triple butted tubing; master profile top tube.
  • VIP 2000—Altec Zonal Columbus 7005
  • Dream—(2000s) Welded Columbus Airplane aluminum tubing; shaped Tecnos-style top and down tube. Later incarnation added the HP carbon rear stays.
  • Active—(2004-2005) Columbus Altec2 aluminum teardrop shape tubing with carbon B-stay and carbon fork, Italian threaded bottom bracket
  • Active Plus—(2006-)
  • Colnago Mix—(2004-2006?) Aluminum with oversize aluminum chain stays and carbon fiber seat stays; Master shaped top tube and a Dream shaped down tube.
  • Rapid—Tig welded oversize proprietary Columbus “Custom” 7003 aluminum alloy tubing

titanium [edit ]

  • Master Titan—Welded 6AL/4V titanium alloy tubing with profiled top tube and down tubes
  • Oval Titan—oversized ovalized top and down tube welded titanium
  • Bi-Titan—Welded dual titanium down tube
  • Titanio—(mid-1990s) Single downtube standard profile (1″), all titanium welded frame, steel fork
  • CT-1–Welded titanium main tubes, monostay rear with bonded carbon fiber stays, 1″ carbon fork
  • CT-2–Like CT-1, but with HP stays and 1.25 carbon fork

carbon [edit ]

A Colnago 2006 Extreme C Model

  • Volo—(1988) Carbon fiber reinforced with Kevlar monocoque frame
  • C35—(1989) Full carbon monocoque frame.
  • Carbitubo—(1988-1991) Shipped as a single ‘mono’ carbon downtube tubes bonded with aluminum lugs, later a double downtube was tried. Produced in conjunction with Alan. See pictures here.
  • C40—(1993/4-) Full carbon first shipped with Precisa steel fork, later with carbon fork. First generation shipped with round tubes; later with Master profile carbon tubes bonded to carbon lugs.
  • CF1—(2000) Colnago-Ferrari collaboration, Carbon monocoque. Several iterations of the Ferrari CF frames followed.
  • Cristallo (2004). An all-carbon monocoque frame weighing 1,100g which is rare in production and information.
  • C50—(2004) Similar construction to C40 with 1.125 fork.
  • C50 CX Limited edition, special version built for cyclocross, with cantilever brake bosses front/rear.
  • Prestige CX Monocoque (lugless) carbon frame for cyclocross, first version had canti bosses, second version has disc brake fittings.
  • Extreme C—(2006) Lightweight full carbon climbing bike, carbon lug and round carbon tube construction with shorter lugs.
  • Extreme Power—(2007) Similar construction to C40/C50 but stiffer construction also using round carbon tubes.
  • CX1—(2007) Carbon monocoque front end bonded to carbon stays. It is also the first Colnago to feature an integrated headset
  • CLX—(2008) Carbon monocoque; rear triangle is molded separately from the front, and attached via bonded lugs
  • EPS—(2009) Lug and tube construction with integrated headset and new fork design
  • EPQ— (2011) Redone Extreme Power (EP) tube and lug construction with more square profile rear stays (‘Q-Stay’) that adds stiffness, shared with the M10 and C59. Semi-integrated headset.
  • C59—(2011) Carbon tube and lug bonded frame like C40/C50 (2011) with profiled tubes similar to the Master.
  • M10—(2011) Monocoque construction with similar geometry to the C59 but with a slightly shorter top tube and longer head tube.
  • CX-Zero—(2013) Full monocoque frameset, integrated headset, first Colnago to feature pressfit 86.5 bottom bracket, designed for cobbled classics races.[24]
  • V1-r—(2014) Replaces the M10 as the top Taiwan-made monocoque carbon frame. Developed in collaboration with Ferrari Engineering.[25]
  • AC-R—(2014-) Entry level carbon monocoque compatible with electronic and mechanical groupsets
  • C60—(2014) carbon tube and lug bonded frame like C40/C50 but extends Colnago’s signature faceted star shape the full length of the tube and through the lugs, also using larger tubing diameters and slightly thinner walls for a frame that is slightly lighter than the C59[26]
  • C64—(2018) carbon tube and lug bonded frame similar to the C59 and C60[23]

especial Purpose Frames [edit ]

Cyclocross [edit ]

Over the years, Ernesto Colnago built sword cyclocross frames for individual professional riders and did not sell any steel frames to the public. A handful have been identified, an early one based on the Colnago Super and built for Roger de Vlaeminck. Photos are available here. This frame sold in November 2012 on eBay for approximately $ 1200 US. A second gear 1985 Colnago Super Cyclocross Team Kwantum Decosol Team ex bicycle Adrie Van Der Poel, not listed in catalog or broadly retail distributed, can be seen here. Another skeleton surfaced a match of years ago, and appears to have been built in the mid to late 90s, loosely based on the Colnago Crystal, specifically labeled “ Master ” on the raise brake hanger. Lugs and seat stays are alike to those on the Crystal, slightly beefier tubing than other road models ( 32mm OD downtube, 29mm seattube ), relax wheelbase, top tube routing for buttocks brake and derailleur, traditional route for front derailleur but no braze-on for movement derailleur. Colnago bottom bracket shell. Straight mtb style threadless fork ( no formal crown ). No series number stamped on dropout. Colnago factory liaison unable to identify year or provide far information. Photos are available. [ 27 ] Colnago built a couple of bikes for the italian cyclocross and MTB champion Luca Bramati. Bramati rode a yellow steel, lugless Colnago cyclocross bicycle in the ’96 Worlds in Munich, considered to be one of the most stimulate races ever, where he placed third base. His bicycle had a presence branch with a traditional braze fork crown, and full front/rear gear cable brazings. The tubing looks equitable slightly oversized, and overall the bicycle looks quite alike to Bramati ‘s Colnago MTB that he raced in Atlanta in the ’96 Olympics. Another may have been built for Bert Hiemstra in 1998/1999, Rabobank rider. This was a lugless sword skeleton, badged “ Colnago Competition ” in Rabobank colors, 59 centimeter CtT, set up with 9 amphetamine Dura Ace and a unicrown fork. [ 28 ]

  • Cyclocross (c 1980s) Manufactured by Alan, stamped “Colnago” name on bottom of headtube. Aluminum tubing screwed and glued to lugs. Sizing stamped in bottom bracket, no serial number on rear dropouts. Top tube ovalized for shouldering bike on transitions.
  • Dual Cyclocross[29]
  • Dream CX—Production aluminum like the Dream Road with unicrown MTB style front fork and additional bracing at headtube/downtube union.[30]
  • World Cup—
  • Prestige—Early Prestige frames, all monocoque construction, had an added brace between top and seat tube for carrying the bike during cyclocross races. They also have water bottle bosses. Later frames lost this brace and gained brackets for disc brakes.
  • C50 CX Rabobank Team[31]

mountain Bikes [edit ]

Although not identical common or wide available in the american market, Colnago did produce a total of mountain bikes. Some featured the Master profile tubing found on the Colnago road bikes .

  • Master—Gilco shaped tubing like the Master road bike, unicrown fork hard tail mountain bike
  • Maxim–
  • CF series CF12 Ferrari collaboration

See besides [edit ]

bibliography [edit ]

  • Rino Negri- Quando la bici è arte, ed. Landoni, Legnano, pag. 216, (The story of Ernesto Colnago)

References [edit ]

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