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Old 10-26-19, 12:41 PM
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Identifying a Colnago

I have my eyes on this Colnago. Terrible pictures and won’t be able to check it out until Monday. Any Colnago specialists out there that can help?

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Old 10-26-19, 01:31 PM
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What do you need help with? Looks like the real thing to me. Shaped tubes and all.
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Old 10-26-19, 01:34 PM
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I believe he's asking for a model identification.
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Sorry, I can't give an exact ID.

You're probably looking at a late 80's to mid 90's bike.

Size, maybe 56-ish.

"Pointy Hoods" means the shifters are probably 8 speed or early 9 speed Campagnolo (late 9 speed got rounded hoods). Sorry, I'm not great at discerning Record/Chorus/Mirage, etc... at least without closer inspection of parts.

I'm having troubles discerning the tubing shape. It almost looks like it has an ovalized downtube which wold be relatively rare, I think. There is an "Oval CX", but it doesn't seem to match that.

There are a a few common tubing shapes that Colnago used.

Round (Super, Superissimo, early Mexico, and others).


Diamond (right, above). Master series.
Octagonal (left, above). Spiral Conic. Generally only downtube. This would be a definite possibility for the bike above.
Round with simple crimp on sides. Nuovo Mexico.
Oval. Oval CX
???
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Old 10-26-19, 02:03 PM
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I suppose the first question should be the asking price.

< $500... it doesn't matter, good price if the bike fits.
$500 to $1000... Likely a good deal. Find what you want.
> $1000. Some will hit up there, but perhaps Master, Master Light, Arabesque, etc. Other models would depend on your desires and whims. Better tubing?
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It's a "you probably shouldn't have posted pics of a bike that's in an upcoming auction, with the name of the auction company watermarked in the pics, auction house easily found online, accepting online bids, currently at a price that is less than a McD's Big Mac".

Geez, it's a Colnago, decked out in Campagnolo, at an auction close to you, in an area where i have gathered from what you've said in the past that there isn't much bidding competition. If I didn't have prior commitments on the auction's pick-up day, I'd be bidding online and if I won I'd be driving up there on Tuesday.

Buy it first, THEN post pics and ask questions!

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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
upcoming auction currently at a price [of a] McD's Big Mac".
I'll bid a Big Mac + a Whopper!
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That’s what I was looking for. I know the risk of posting an active auction, but it comes down to what anyone would pay. I know where my max is. Just not overly familiar with the models. Thanks for the info.
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The Specialized Sequoia could be a good pickup as well, though not the same league as the Colnago.
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Late 90’s - the little “riding man” on the top tube showed up in ‘97 or 98. Before that it was the clover leaf on the top tube. My guess is Tecnos. Those have round seat tubes. I think Masters have a shaped seat tube.
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The Specialized Sequoia could be a good pickup as well, though not the same league as the Colnago.
Got them both. The Sequoia is pretty rough, but has some nice pieces including a set of high flange Campy Record hubs on Mavic MA40 wheels


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Got it. It turns out to be a Crystal with Record 9 speed shifters and brakes, Veloce crank, Racing Triple RD, Racing T FD. Should clean up nice with a good tear down. I better enjoy it now because I let all you know where my honey hole for finds.
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Nice score on the Colnago!
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Haven’t had a lot of time to work on it, but it’s cleaning up very well.



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