Colnago Super Saronni 1979
Colnago is perhaps the most iconic cycling brand that has ever existed. Almost everyone who likes cycling will mention Colnago if you ask him to name a brand. And it's not strange either, Colnago always stood out when it comes to the attention to details and fancy paint jobs. Colnago is alsno known as one of the most creative cycling manufacturers. They are responsible for innovations in design and experimentation with new and diverse materials including carbon fiber.
One of the first victories on a Colnago bike was in 1957 during the Giro. From then on there was an increased demand for frames built by Ernesto Colnago. At that point he was regarded as one of the best frame builders in Europe. Colnago grew more famous, because more and more teams and well known cyclists started working with him. The best examples are the Faema and Molteni team with leader Eddy Merckx! Colnago became an increasingly well-known brand because of their reputation and their racing wins. That lead to the brand producing more and more bicycles for the consumer market.
The Colnago Super is probably one of the most influential road bikes of all times. The Colnago Super was introduced in 1968 and was a revolutionary design for that time. The Super had a more compact geometry, a shorter wheelbase and a lower headtube. Compared to the competition it steered more precise, was lighter and overall a more agressive bike, exactly what pro cyclist were looking for at that time. The Colnago Super was made out of Columbus tubing to cut on weight and improve overall stiffness.
Enough with the history lesson, let's go back to the bike I'm selling. I bought this bike a few years ago in Breda, a city close to the Belgian border, unfortunately I can no longer remember who it belonged to. What I do remember was that the original owner was a former professional ice skater and that the bike was in a fairly moderate condition, the frame had a lot of rust and paint chips so I decided to completely restore it. You can see the end result here.
The bike is in a good, restored condition. The fork still has the original chrome. It has some patina here and there, but nothing really disturbing. The frame itself is made out of stiff and reliable Columbus SL tubes, and has a lot of pantographes. Everything here is period-correct. Campagnolo provides the Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset and hubs. Tubular Mavic rims, a Selle Italia Professional saddle, and a 3TTT stem & handlebar make this bike feel truly special.