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.