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Colnago Saronni

Old 02-16-18, 12:08 AM
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Colnago Saronni

I recently spotted this on a Website and was wondering why a Colnago would sell for this low. Seller offered me $400 for it. Any suggestions on the estimated value of this bike? And your experiences with it if you have tried it?



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1980's 56cm Colnago Saronni Club status bicycle. High quality frame. Shimano 600 headset and crankset, shimano 105 shifters and brake calipers, premium MKS pedals and toe clips, Sunrim wheels and continental Grand Prix tires, turbo saddle, cinelli bar tape. Hand painted original frame. No crash damage. Minor paint wear and surface rust. Left downtube shifter needs to be replaced. Otherwise the right shifter works.
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Old 02-16-18, 12:59 AM
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I'm no expert on Italian bikes, but the headbadge with the man on it differs from all Colnagos I have ever seen. Shimano components are another red flag.
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Old 02-16-18, 02:20 AM
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It’s not a Colnago, that’s why.
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Old 02-16-18, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
I'm no expert on Italian bikes, but the headbadge with the man on it differs from all Colnagos I have ever seen. Shimano components are another red flag.
There is a Colnago Saronni, and I think the badges are legit, depending on the year and model.

Colnago Saronni | Cycle EXIF
Auction steal- Colnago Saronni frame

However, one needs to see closer details to determine whether the frame is truly legit.
  • Fork Crown
  • All lug cutouts (if any) (and close-ups of the lugs)
  • Seatstay caps
  • Bottom of the bottom bracket
  • Close-up of dropouts (or just the brand).
  • Top of the rear brake bridge
As seen in the two links above, Colnago typically uses top tube two cable guides, both with a center cutout.

The bike in the photos above has 3 top tube cable guides, which are solid. Not having Colnago style cable guides is a bad sign. More details would be needed to make a final determination of what it is.

If the bike is a legitimate Colnago with mismatched parts, the $400 to $600 would be reasonable. On the other hand, if it is a fake, then you're down in the $200 to $300 range, to be generous.

If genuine, then restored, it could be quite a nice bike.
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Old 02-16-18, 07:42 AM
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We have seen legitimate Saronni with the three, solid, top tube cable tunnels.

Saronni Colnago Great Catch! What tubing is this? I read its SL.

Having said that, be aware that these frames came in a number of different grades including Aelle, Tretubi SL and full SL. Some later models may not be Colnago manufacture.

The bicycle seems to be equipped primarily with Shimano New 105 (1987-1989) which I'd much rather have than similar period Italian equipment, as it performs better, particularly in shifting and braking. New 105 would put it into the $250-$300 range for a mass production brand. From what I can see, this exhibits signs of a higher grade frame, so $400 would not be unreasonable even for an Aelle version. Some owners have reported poor workmanship but what I can see is very nice. I wouldn't rule out it being a repaint and redecal.
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Old 02-16-18, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
We have seen legitimate Saronni with the three, solid, top tube cable tunnels.

Saronni Colnago Great Catch! What tubing is this? I read its SL.

Having said that, be aware that these frames came in a number of different grades including Aelle, Tretubi SL and full SL. Some later models may not be Colnago manufacture.
Could the tubing grades affect the choice of cable guides (and perhaps lug cutouts)?

It looks like at least some of the Colnago Sports also got the triple solid cable guides.
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Old 02-19-18, 04:01 AM
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I just sold one of these bikes. It's a tribute to Saronni made by Colnago. The one I sold was made of Aelle equipped with Campagnolo. The model should be the Saronni Criterium.

400 dollars is not bad price for the bike.

Here is a nice restored example.
https://imgur.com/gallery/lRWIo
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