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Old 08-06-17, 01:01 AM
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Vintage Colnago 1984 - How can I tell what Bike style I have ?

I recently began wondering if I should sell my Vintage Colnago. The more I research this, the more I want to keep it. I bought it new in January 1985 for my 21st birthday. It is a 1984 model with Campagnolo components, Mavic Wheels and an original Columbus Sticker. I can't tell what model it is and there doesn't seem to be a name on the bike. If I can post some pictures maybe someone can help me identify it by name. Any help is appreciated ! Thank you. : )
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Old 08-06-17, 01:06 AM
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Go to the advanced editor and click on the paper clip icon, and you can post photos.

JPG images are best. The system resizes any images greater than 100kb to be less than 100kb. But, it may have troubles with HUGE files.

Are all the main tubes round?
Any indents on the inside of the chain stays?

Add some photos of all the clovers you see on the bike.
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Old 08-06-17, 01:18 AM
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As far as keeping or selling, that is a complex decision. If you were 21 in 85, then you should be 53 now. Are you still riding?

If you've enjoyed the bike for 32 years, you may choose to keep it.

Each person makes their own decisions about vintage bikes. I have an old Colnago which I purchased used in 1982 while I was still in HS. It has had a lot of hard use over the years, including commuting.

In my case, I've been riding the bike for over 35 years, and don't plan to stop, although it now is mostly only used in the summer, and kept mostly dry.

Colnagos are highly sought after vintage bikes, but in reality, if it was in good shape, you could barely trade it for a new low to mid range bicycle.

BTW: If you are interested in an approximate value, then click on the red exclamation point at the bottom of your post , and request that the topic be moved to: Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Bike Forums

You still are welcome to discuss the bike here if you wish.
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More pics needed, but I would say that's a Super.

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Wow ! Thank you for your thoughts !!! Well . . . I don't ride this style of bike anymore. I have switched to Mountain Bikes. At this point this bike would be kept to hang on the wall as an art piece in my office. We covered many miles together over the years but it hasn't been ridden in the last 10 years. I would like to know what it is worth just for the sake of knowing. But I am having fun researching it and wonder if you know what style it might be. I will click on the red exclamation point and request the topic be moved. Hopefully that will go smoothly. ; )

Any thoughts on model ?

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Old 08-06-17, 01:34 AM
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Love your flicker pics and the Kitty is adorable !!!
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I think that may be an early (1984) Colnago Superissimo.

The three cable guides on the top tube are rare, but not impossible.

Is the crankset also Campagnolo? It appears as if you have 110BCD cranks which could give you a lot of options for gearing if you should choose to do some updates on the bike.
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I only found 3 clovers that were NOT decals.....1) on the forks 2) Below the neck ?? 3) on the cross piece near rear brake. I have posted pictures of them.
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For selling it, you can get top value out of it with doing some cleaning and tuning, but that can also be a lot of work, and some buyers would prefer to do it themselves.

You're probably hitting somewhere between $700 and $1100.

The small size (and pretty pink) falls into a unique market niche of shorter women. That means fewer people will be looking for a bike like that, but those that are may get very excited about it.
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Crank set is Campagnolo.
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That looks to be a Campagnolo Victory crankset, but that is a SWAG until you can post some drive side pictures here. BTW, the piece carrying the rear brake is a bridge, and the piece you referred to as the neck is a lug for connecting the head tube and the down tube.

Its a nice bike, just needs some TLC and wrench time. Could you post its dimensions here please? As a pink Italian bike owner, Tommasini Prestige, it caught my eye. Those Colnago Super are such beautiful bikes, I would be hard pressed to let it go. But, it deserves to be ridden and treasured, IMHO. With an all Campagnolo group it should be valuable, even with the small frame size. My wife would go bonkers over having this bike.

You asked about Style, if that is its primary use, its a racing type, good for fast club rides and from its short wheelbase, I'd say a nice criterium racer. But, it would be fine for a daily rider, or sportive type events (Century Rides, club group rides, etc.) Pretty much any road type riding there is would be great.

No idea as to its exact details, one of the forum's Colnago, or Campagnolo experts will be along with some thoughts.

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Two votes for a "Super" from two of our a team. Very cool and my vote is to keep it AND ride it again if only a little bit. Return it to its former glory and revel in the years and miles you have covered together, love it!
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Oh yeah, I vote for it being a Super also. Thanks @merziac.
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I voted Superissimo... as I think the chrome headtube lugs were a feature of the Superissimo bikes.
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Wow !! You all Rock !!! Thank you so much for sharing your vast knowledge with me. Now I know what a bridge and a lug are !!! Posted some more pics. Sorry if they are not exactly what you need. I'm rusty !!! ..... like my bike !
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My little pink bike is 46 cm. Here are some more pics to help pin down the bike style/name.
If there is any other info you need, please let me know. Thank you so much !!
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All main tubes are round.
There are NO indents on the inside of the chain stays.
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Victory crank and RD and I think it is a Superissimo as well. What challenges that statement is the lack of a chainstay bridge. I have an 1983 ish one. Mine is a keeper with all Super Record components.

As other have stated, this is a race bike and will reward you with great handling when ridden hard.

Interesting that the control cables, not housings, are pink. Was it repainted at one time?
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Pretty bike. I love the Victory group but I wish they had made longer cranks.
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Maybe no bridge on account of the petite size? Just spitballin here. Housings look pink to me.


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Victory crank and RD and I think it is a Superissimo as well. What challenges that statement is the lack of a chainstay bridge. I have an 1983 ish one. Mine is a keeper with all Super Record components.

As other have stated, this is a race bike and will reward you with great handling when ridden hard.

Interesting that the control cables, not housings, are pink. Was it repainted at one time?
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I never had it painted. I don't think the bike shop where I bought it brand new would have painted it ???
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So the consensus is . . . . either a Super or a Superissimo.

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I don't know what changes were made for the Super in 1985. IIRC they are the same with the exception of the Superissimo having chromed head lugs. Paint applications varied on both. Mine has chrome chain stays, under the paint (chips expose it), and DO along with the fork and head tube. The rest is not chromed. Even though the fork is all chrome, mine has paint. OK I give, here is a pic.

[IMG]1983 Colnago Superissimo, on Flickr[/IMG]
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