Mid Eighties Colnago International

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Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby bpmhigh » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:23 pm

Leading on from my drawn out thread on my brief love affair with a vintage bicycle [here: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=53322 ], I was in urgent need of a replacement training bike with a view to racing it.

As sad as it was killing a great old bike, there was some excitement to be had in urgently trawling eBay for a suitable replacement. This time I had a bit more to spend so focused on something steel, something with much tighter angles, and something in a 60. I got outbid on a Moser and two Merckxs and toyed with getting a Gios. I then spotted this very pre-loved Colnago International – private seller in the US with $60 postage – and thought why not. Had all the right markings and the chromed, pantographed Columbus fork.

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While it was in transit I had every intention of giving it a repaint once it arrived but again, time was of the essence. After it arrived, I hit it with some cut and polish and the pearl white started to shine [in a few spots at least]. Once it was mocked up with some bits, it too grew on me so I decided to leave it as it is - in the words of others on this forum, patina is king and they are only original once.

I transferred most bits from the previous bike but decided to go full Dura Ace. So…..the silver bits:

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Headset: Dura Ace
Cranks: Dura Ace 7700
BB: Dura Ace 7700 Italian
Brifters: Dura Ace 7700
Brakes: Dura Ace 7700
Chain: Dura Ace [new]
Front Mech: Dura Ace 7700
Rear Mech: Dura Ace 7700
Pedals: Dura Ace 7900 [new]
Stem: Cinelli Grammo Titanium (90mm)
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece [a breathtaking piece of engineering]

The brown bits, bars and cables:

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The wheels:

After using the Kinlin/CycleOps Power rear wheel on the previous bike, it was time to get a matching front built. I love the high flange look but struggled to find something in 24 hole [I had already bought the rims]. Thankfully Paul Comp make one which is also a breathtaking piece of engineering.

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And here it is:
I put the Zipps on to see if it would sneak under 8kg [which it did] but I haven’t snapped a shot yet with the Kinlins and gumwalls on.

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So what’s it like? – a kilo lighter and every bit as good as the Speedlite thankfully. Dura Ace shifters have a more positive shift action and brakes are a lot more efficient. The 60 is definitely the right size. I put it out to the Triathlon Club to name it. They said because it was old, brown, Italian and showing its age it should be called "Fabio". Sadly that name has stuck!

It’s first race will be October with the ACT Vets Cycling Club Spring/Summer Season - my first go at road racing.
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby Saro28 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:17 pm

bloody great show,
tidy up the "G" on the drive side decal and call it a 'COLNAG'
rather than 'NAGO, call it a " NAG " or when ya win 22 straight, call it White Caviar' :lol: :P
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby Stuey » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:24 pm

Can't wait to see it with the other wheels. You made the right choice leaving the frame as is, IMO. Makes me wish I didn't have school fees to pay for the kids... :wink:
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby gururug » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:38 pm

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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby DJIntegr8 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:33 pm

Wow 8) The bright silver Dura-Ace goes so well with the chromed bits (and soon to be wheels), and the brown and pearl white frame tie together too. LOVE IT, two thumbs up (out of two).

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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby ghostpoet » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:10 pm

Not worried about the cracks in the dropouts? If they are cracks...How did you get such cheap postage?
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby utedeej » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:04 am

nice, shiny chrome always wins hands down and makes any paintjob look good
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby seddo » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:35 pm

sweet ride - even in its current state - $60 postage from the US unbelievable :mrgreen:
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby bpmhigh » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:29 am

Stuey wrote:Can't wait to see it with the other wheels.


As a "full stop" to this thread, here is the final product.

I had been meaning to snap it and post it here for a while but have been training like mad for the impending crit season (where I plan to race it.)

When club mate and vintage bike/instagram nut Steve snapped it on the weekend, I thought of this thread.

Thanks for the kind comments - I LOVE THIS BIKE!

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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby Mustang » Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:46 pm

If it were mine it would be repainted :( as it deserves to be returned to its former glory :D
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby GaryF » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:32 pm

Very nice indeed. The colour scheme is a winner. I'd leave it 'as is' also.
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby rkelsen » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:46 pm

Mustang wrote:If it were mine it would be repainted :( as it deserves to be returned to its former glory :D

I wouldn't. You'd devalue it.
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby Velo13 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:54 pm

ghostpoet wrote:Not worried about the cracks in the dropouts? If they are cracks...


Yeah, someone has closed that dropout in before, and cracked the paint. You don't want to know why ...

Most likely all fine though.

Great outcome, though I am too fussy to leave old frames like this alone, I always bring them back to their former glory ... that's just my thing.
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:04 pm

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This photo scares me a bit.
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby The 2nd Womble » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:12 pm

I never thought of leaving an old frameset as is before but it looks perfect now! Please get those dropout cracks checked though.
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby Velo13 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:35 am

The 2nd Womble wrote:Please get those dropout cracks checked though.


Yes, just looked again. Take it to a good framebuilder for a check - fixable for sure.

You don't want your rear wheel becoming detached at 60kph - because you'll do the same thing to the other dropout (and maybe other nasty stuff).
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Re: Mid Eighties Colnago International

Postby morini » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:06 am

Yep. I've got a Colnago Master and the drive side sheared off exactly in the same place. Get it repaired asap.
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