Colnago steel cyclocross frame -- information appreciated
I purchased a steel Colnago cyclocross frame from a collector in the UK. I have not been able to find any information on steel Colnago cyclocross frames anywhere. Based on the build, I think it's from the early 1990s.
Colnago HQ has not been able to help...we had a brief correspondence, but without a serial number, they couldn't identify a specific year, nor did they respond to my question about how many were built. I have not been able to find a serial number on the frame...it either never had one, or the rear wheel clamping on the dropout destroyed it.
It is indeed a genuine Colnago, and based on the slightly relaxed wheelbase, I'm pretty sure it was a purpose built frame. It has a lot more clearance between the seat tube and the rear wheel than my '89 Colnago Spiral Conic SLX
I do know that Colnago sold rebadged Alan cross frames in the late '80s, and introduced an aluminum Dream cross frame more recently. This one seems to be a bit of a maverick, maybe a one-off as a favor to a professional road racer who wanted a cyclocross bike.
The 7 Eleven chainstay protector suggests a possible pro-team tie-in, but by 1991, the 7 Eleven team had been renamed Motorola.
I'd appreciate any information on this frame -- has anyone run across steel Colnago cyclocross frames? Did pros race them? What teams, if any, what time frame?
Link below to multiple pictures.
Last edited by lml999; 09-30-11 at 11:01 AM.