pictures up soon!
Yesterday I picked up a colnago oval cx from a really old bike shop. The old man who worked there had it reserved for another buyer who never came so I snatched it up. It's the one with the shifter cable routings going through the down-tube under the bottom bracket. Also the brake cable through the top-tube. Trying to get some stories about these bikes if anyone knows anything? All I know is they were made from 1981-83? I heard that only 1,000 were made, then someone else said 250, then someone said they were all made by Ernesto Colnago himself. Don't know any backround on these bikes, anyone have some experience about them?
I can tell you that most reliable information is that Ernesto Colnago hasn't brazed a frame in decades - assuming he ever did. I feel confident saying that's marketing non-sense.
A photo would help on the other questions. The years you state sound early, but I'll know more with a photo.
Looks like they were 82-83. I saw an unconfirmed post that there were only 250, but I don't buy it - I've seen a few of them and they do come up for sale. I'd wager it was over 1000. They apparently do sell for a premium over other Colnagos, but they have an unusual seatpost - sounds like if you don't have the post, it's an issue:
Thanks Aaron, I really appreciate the input.
I had a feeling the rumors were far-fetched. Sounds right there would have been a larger scale production and that if the bikes had any direct contact with Ernesto would have been just a final inspection, even if that.
From pictures I've been looking at of other frames, there seems to be a lot of variations in the placement of where the routing of the brake cables run, and also the shift cables and where the rear stays meet up to the seat-tube near the seat post. Kind of strange to have many differences on only two years of production of a bike. Then again, I read it was a some-what experimental bike so maybe many updates and fine changes were made over a short time. Apologies for the delay of pictures, still having trouble obtaining a camera.