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Old 06-27-19, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Gary Fountain View Post
Yeah, you're right about the crimped tubing and not being a Super model. My mistake - I didn't see the crimps. Still, a beautiful bike.
Believe me, if I swapped my old.Super fork to that frame, it would look very similar. I have another unknown Colnago slightly newer that has the same exact fork in chrome, but definitely a different frame style and no crimps. I'm still confused with the tubing Colnago used in that era; seems that there are the GILCO and ESA "crimped" tube sets used independently within models types. ESA and GILCO tubed Mexico's were made, even with variants among frames.I'm at the point due to design, tubing, and paint; that this a 1986 Nuovo Mexico. Paint scheme used only in 86, changed to GILCO for the Nuovo model, but same lugs? Best guess!
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Old 06-27-19, 07:37 AM
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Thanks! I'm giving it to her today, hope she likes it.
How was her ride? If her first bike, I was waiting to see the DURA-ACE or Campy "training wheels". Beautiful small frame. My first race bike was a Colnago, but I don't think my parents knew about those when I was 4 years old when they gave me my first bike (with the "trainers" on it).
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Old 06-27-19, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by HPL View Post
Believe me, if I swapped my old.Super fork to that frame, it would look very similar. I have another unknown Colnago slightly newer that has the same exact fork in chrome, but definitely a different frame style and no crimps. I'm still confused with the tubing Colnago used in that era; seems that there are the GILCO and ESA "crimped" tube sets used independently within models types. ESA and GILCO tubed Mexico's were made, even with variants among frames.I'm at the point due to design, tubing, and paint; that this a 1986 Nuovo Mexico. Paint scheme used only in 86, changed to GILCO for the Nuovo model, but same lugs? Best guess!
I have to agree with you HPL. Nothing is hard and fast when it comes to Colnago. You think you're on to something then it can be shot down very next bike you come across. I think there are some pretty decent trends and reliable differences between frame features but you can't stake your life on them. I eventually blame the different frame builders that Colnago may have employed to actually build their frames ( if you believe the farming out of frame building stories you hear regarding Colnago ). I believe this did happen and perhaps availability of frame components saw a small frame builder having to compromise to cobble together a frame or an over supply of parts saw an extended use of some components into an updated frame/model design that perhaps shouldn't have been used????

I would agree that your bike is a 1986 Nuovo Mexico which seems an appropriate designation. I think the particular seat stay caps used on your frame are restricted to the early-middle 1980's and with your knowledge of the paint scheme - 1986 seems to be a pretty good assumption. To me, your frame looks similar the Colnago Mexico frame used by Beppe Saronni in 1982/83 but I think the seat stay caps on his bike were concaved and not flat. As you say, a change of fork could have us re-guessing to an earlier era.

The front fork and the bottom bracket shell really are later components and are beautiful in design.

That's an interesting fact re the paint scheme. I knew it was mid-eighties but I never knew it was just a 1986 variant.

Yours is a lovely bike and I'm sure it must get quite the 'going over' when you are amongst Colnago friends.

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Old 07-06-19, 05:45 AM
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I decided "once ugly, go uglier," and in keeping with the fine black cross-hatching on the paint, went with some "matching" carbon parts.
Still heavy, but rides pretty well.

10-sp Centaur front-rear, Campagnolo Bullet wheels. In order to fit, dropped the Campy Ti seatpost for the Thomson. Dropped the Regal for
the Prologo, which fits me. FSA's crankset has the same carbon weave as the Bullet wheels and the black sections of the frame, and the bottle
cage. Perhaps an older Bontrager seat post is in order, but it would have to be zero-setback. Note the medium cage RD, if I want to go wide rear.
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I decided "once ugly, go uglier," and in keeping with the fine black cross-hatching on the paint, went with some "matching" carbon parts.
Still heavy, but rides pretty well.
That is one sick-looking bike!
...how heavy?
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that is one sick-looking bike!
...how heavy?
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How was her ride? If her first bike, I was waiting to see the DURA-ACE or Campy "training wheels". Beautiful small frame. My first race bike was a Colnago, but I don't think my parents knew about those when I was 4 years old when they gave me my first bike (with the "trainers" on it).
Haha unable to source Campy training wheels. We've coasted and are working on pedaling tonight. She's a former college athlete, so I imagine we'll be on the local rail trail this month and the road by the end of summer. She has plans of rando riding with me next year.
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