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Old 02-07-14, 10:07 PM   #1
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Colnago with a Question Mark

So I saw this on a not-too-close-to-me CL... Is it legit? (Note the question mark in the seller's title. Makes me more than a little wary.) Also, of course, I'm curious where the BF consensus would place the value.

Vintage Italian Colnago? Cross Bike - $395



I got this bike on e-Bay about 15 years ago and never did anything with it. I know it could be parted out for more money, but I would rather sell it whole. It appears to be a vintage Cycle Cross bike, but I have no history, and the moving co. that sold it to me had no info either, so I will just describe the bike.
Note, People have asked weight of bicycle: Using a digital bathroom scale I get 19.4 pounds for the bike as pictured, so add the weight of your preferred saddle and pedals to that.

The bare frame is steel and weighs only 4 pounds, it has Campagnolo dropouts, no maker's mark anywhere on the frame, 54.5 cm seat tube (c-c), 56 cm top tube (c-c), 31 3/4" stand over height, Patent 80 Campagnolo NR derailleurs, HATTA Swan headset, Campagnolo seat post, Cinelli Criterium bar & stem, Campagnolo Victory wheelset with Clement sew up tires that still hold air, but should be re-glued before riding. Mafac cantilever brakes and levers, early Shimano 600 50-42 crank set and Shimano bar end shifters. I rode the bike a few times using a clincher wheelset and it is light and smooth, but needs a modern set of brake pads. I'm including a saddle and pedals since the bike had none when I got it. (they are seen on the saw table behind the bike)
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Old 02-07-14, 10:16 PM   #2
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Its worth $395. See if you can get him down to $325.
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Old 02-07-14, 10:41 PM   #3
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Seller also has nice Miyata with GB fenders and in my size! Only 4200 km away - I think I can make it there by Mon night :-)
I like this Colnago, not an expert on authencity by any means but claimed sub 20 weight by seller (without pedals and saddle) is quite respectable for vintage steel cross build
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Definitely worth it but only if you want a decent cyclocross bike, not if you want a Colnago because I doubt it is a Colnago. At least the seller is honest about it and has not only been upfront about the bike's authenticity as a Colnago but he has priced it very well. I would buy both the cyclocross bike and the Miyata, they are good deals and the Miyata could bring you back some money as a flip (just keep the fenders, they are very pretty).
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I too think it is a Colnago by transfers only.
Not that it does not have value.
It has an interesting build up of parts. Maybe a Dura-Ace crank?
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The parts are worth the whole.
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Thanks for the input. What I'm reading here is mostly what I was thinking, but I wanted to get more experienced eyes on it. I'll be passing on this one as I don't need a cyclocross bike. Just figured if it really were a Colnago I could turn a tidy profit in a couple of months.
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Probably not a Colnago but a cool bike either way, especially the canti brakes. Old bikes with cantis always get my attention because they're so rare.

I'd check it out. Might want to get it for like $300 though.

I think sub-20 is possible without a saddle and pedals. Add those things and you're looking at 21-ish which I think is realistic.
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The rear brake bridge tells me that it is not a Colnago... the bridge plate is indicative of a lower level frame as is the fork crown.
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The rear brake bridge tells me that it is not a Colnago... the bridge plate is indicative of a lower level frame as is the fork crown.
If I were offered that bike at $250-300, I would buy it.

Looks like fun.
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Go look. If it has a 27.7 or 27.0 post and Campi drops pull out 350 cash.

just because it isn't a colnago is no reason to think it is cheap crap. I agree the rear bridge looks funky but how many of have actually seem what could be an early '80s Colnago 'cross frame?
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Forgive me if this is a dumb question but where are you guys seeing the rear bridge?

From what I can tell, pic 3 is the fork (the chainstay and seat tube are visible in the background) and I don't see the bridge in any other pics.
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From what I can tell, pic 3 is the fork (the chainstay and seat tube are visible in the background) and I don't see the bridge in any other pics.
Holy heck the man is right. Until 10 seconds ago I'd been seeing pic 3 as a shot from the rear. Whoopsie.
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Go look. If it has a 27.7 or 27.0 post and Campi drops pull out 350 cash.
We'll see if it's still there once our Oregon snow-fest recedes a bit. No way I'm getting out on the highways in this stuff, and the bike's a couple hours from me.
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Forgive me if this is a dumb question but where are you guys seeing the rear bridge?

From what I can tell, pic 3 is the fork (the chainstay and seat tube are visible in the background) and I don't see the bridge in any other pics.
Agreed. There's no picture of the rear brake bridge, only the fork crown head-on.
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I contacted the seller for more pics... When he can get down the icy hill to his workshed where the bike is, we'll have more to go on. Stay tuned!
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Okay... Seller got back to me with additional photos. Does anything here give a better indication what we're looking at here? Seems like there's some "texture" to the paint in the second pic of the BB... a respray? I dunno.

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Looks like the rear dropouts are Campagnolo...
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I have no idea if it's really a Colnago or not, but it is a quality frame with good parts. It's got to be worth $300 or a little more, I think.
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