Colnago Appreciation Society

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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby funnybike » Sun May 26, 2013 12:08 pm

stevendavid75 wrote:I see the master piu above has the curved fork. This intrigues me because I thought it was only the earlier masters that had the curved forks ? But those decals / paint looks more recent ?
Any one shed light on this ?


Yeah, weird huh? I had many moments of sheer panic while it was in transit that I was getting ripped off and was buying a fake. However, on arrival it looks plenty real. All the right pantos in the right places.
The paint job screams 1990's right? But when did they introduced the straight blade fork?

From what I can see, by 1994 the only Master produced was the Master Olympic with straight blade fork. The Master Piu was in circulation by 1998, but was perhaps discontinued prior to 94?
(I seem to remember Masters with straight forks in the very early 90's, but I might be wrong)
In 94 they still made a round tubed Super Piu model which also had a curved fork.
By 94 they were definitely doing the mask & fade paint jobs like this frame.
By 94 they had stopped pantographing the "colnago" name in the tops of the seat stays and gone (back?) to the panto "club" design.

So, it's clearly after 88 (and due to the paint job and bold decal on the top tube, I'm guessing after 1990), but prior to 94.

Lastly, it only has one set of bidon bosses on the DT, nothing on the ST. I have read that indicates 89 or earlier.

If anyone knows of any catalogue scans from 89 - 93, any info would be appreciated.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby Dan » Mon May 27, 2013 7:03 am

1988 master piu. Funnybike's would appear to post date this.

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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby funnybike » Fri May 31, 2013 5:02 pm

Well, this is how she looks in phase 1.
It has some bare patches where the paint is damaged so I will get it re-painted in a more classic 80s theme at some point,
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby porkchops » Fri May 31, 2013 5:32 pm

Looks cool & it has those shifter paddle things on the frame tube, not something you see with most retro builds.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby Dan » Fri May 31, 2013 5:49 pm

Rad. times 2356.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby Dan » Fri May 31, 2013 5:51 pm

porkchops wrote:Looks cool & it has those shifter paddle things on the frame tube, not something you see with most retro builds.


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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Fri May 31, 2013 6:30 pm

very cool. sid blue bartape fits nicely.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby singlespeedscott » Fri May 31, 2013 7:23 pm

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Nice.

That's a lot of seatpost for a retro ride.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby porkchops » Fri May 31, 2013 7:29 pm

I guess he's a really tall dude or it's a way small frame, it's still cool for an old bike.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Fri May 31, 2013 7:32 pm

it's all about saddle to bar. do you even pro, bro?
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby singlespeedscott » Fri May 31, 2013 7:39 pm

Even the pros back then didn't have that much post. They just upsized to a bigger frame and dropped the stem lower in the steerer.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby porkchops » Fri May 31, 2013 7:57 pm

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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Fri May 31, 2013 8:13 pm

funnybike wrote:Well, this is how she looks in phase 1.
It has some bare patches where the paint is damaged so I will get it re-painted in a more classic 80s theme at some point,
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If this is the frame I saw for sale in France I'm kicking myself. Looks fantastic. What bidon cage is that?
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Fri May 31, 2013 8:48 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Even the pros back then didn't have that much post. They just upsized to a bigger frame and dropped the stem lower in the steerer.


just trollin' trollin' trollin'

i'll wait for funnybike to comment. 8)
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby Dan » Fri May 31, 2013 8:54 pm

Lots of steel bikes wrote: What bidon cage is that?


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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby singlespeedscott » Fri May 31, 2013 9:07 pm

munga wrote:
singlespeedscott wrote:Even the pros back then didn't have that much post. They just upsized to a bigger frame and dropped the stem lower in the steerer.


just trollin' trollin' trollin'

i'll wait for funnybike to comment. 8)

I wasn't having a go. Just sayin. I quite like the look of the bike.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby funnybike » Fri May 31, 2013 9:49 pm

Yeah, taller seat posts & longer stems started coming into fashion around 1988, so there was a bit of crossover. Last of the classic steelies and the more modern geometry fashions.
But mostly it's because I have long legs and a short torso. A 58 top tube with a 120 stem is preferable to a 60cm top tube with a 100 stem, even though I could ride the 60cm seat tube easy. Late 80s - square frames.

Cage - yep, it's the elite cuissi. Best cage ever.

Thanks for the compliments guys. The photos muck up the colours a bit, but the saddle and bare tape are a better match than they appear.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:01 am

I have to add my admiration of your Master Piu too funnybike. I like the fully extended seatpost and the 120mm stem - it just looks good to me.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:06 am

Madrider wrote:Here's my 2 Colnagos

Not quite fully Retro with modern'sh geartrains

#1 Master Olympic Décor, Campagnolo Carbon Chorus Groupo with Delta Brakes :-) , Shamal Titanium wheels (Tublar)

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Colnago Master Olympic by aussierider43

#2 Tecnos with Sran Rival & Chorus areo brakes, Mavic Open Rim laced to Campag record hubs

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Colnago Tecnos by aussierider43


A couple of real beauties mad rider!!!
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby vaeske » Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:16 am

that master piu looks fantastic... something about the colour scheme that looks very cool. Is that your full silver groupset you were building up? thats 10 speed downtube shifting then is it?

those two colnagos are rad too madrider. hats off to you for using tubs :)
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby funnybike » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:10 am

Madrider's two are hotties, yeah?
I can't decide between the two though.
Think I'll have to go with the blue on the technos though.... stunning. 8)

Vaeske: Yep, that's my retro look modern group. Grande Comp brakelevers paired with 7700 calipers. 7700 derailleurs, 7400 cranks, 7800 shifters, 10s chain & cassette, 7400 hubs. Everything in polished allu. No anodising! :lol:
Looking to build a set of anodised box section tubs onto another set of 7400 hubs for it.

The Ultegra seat post is a temporary measure too. Hope to replace with a 7400 era post, but not sure I'll find one long enough. I can't remember what lengths they made.
Once I do the 80 re-paint, it will get white tape & a white rolls saddle.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:36 pm

The the fluted and aero 7400 posts only have a useful length of 140mm. Measured from the minimum insertion to centre of the rail clamps. The plainer looking Dura-ace 7410 has a useful length around 200mm.
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby humanbeing » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:30 pm

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Colnago Cromor?
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Re: Colnago Appreciation Society

Postby Dan » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:46 pm

I can't get enough of that one Peter. Makes me wish I had some curved blade forks instead in the precisa I currently have...
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