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Old 05-31-15, 01:03 AM
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1979 Colnago Mexico

I have a chance to buy the forementioned Colnago Mexico.Could anyone tell me what kind of bike it is?Where in the hierarchy does it stand/ Hows the ride?Any and all comments are appreciated.By the way they're asking $700.
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Old 05-31-15, 03:21 AM
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Post some photos of the frame/bike, as well as photos of all the lugs and "cutouts" and pantographs.

I thought the Mexico was an upgrade from the older Super models, but I can't give specifics. I think it has the basic round tubes, rather than the unique shapes that later models have.

I've got a Colnago Super about a decade older than that, and absolutely love the bike, but it is certainly showing its age.

If you buy a '79, it should be a great bike to ride, but it is also a 35 year old bike, and made up of obsolete (ummm... errr... vintage) parts. Still good, but not cutting edge today. And, you should get the brazeons that my older Super lacks.
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Old 05-31-15, 04:18 AM
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I owned an '80-ish Mexico. It's a very nice high end bike Colnago.

I'd like to see key photos to verify the age of said frame and fork.
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Made of lighter tubing than the Super, if there are no creases/indents in the chain stays (inner side) it's s mexico.

Lots of people think Supers are Mexicos, as the seat stay decals have Mexico on them, which only indicates that Merckx set the hour decord in Mexico, on a Colnago bike.

Without photos (lots) an estimate is impossible, it could be worth $0-1500
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I have a circa '77-78 Mexico. The first giveaway is as American Psycho said. There will be no indents/creases on the chain stays. Photos would be needed to get a better idea of value.
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Hey everyone, figured a new thread wouldn't be necessary. By googling around I think this bike donated to a non-profit I manage is a 79 Mexico. Was wondering if anyone could help me verify and value it based on the condition. Has a rusty fork and some other spots of surface rust throughout.
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Hey everyone, figured a new thread wouldn't be necessary. By googling around I think this bike donated to a non-profit I manage is a 79 Mexico. Was wondering if anyone could help me verify and value it based on the condition. Has a rusty fork and some other spots of surface rust throughout.
The more photos, the better, as well as a description of all the parts on the bike.

It looks like a genuine Colnago. (fork clover + downtube clover).

I can't tell Super vs Mexico because of the chain in the photo. Are the chainstays simple oval, or are they crimped on the inside?

The wheels appear newer than the rest of the bike. Hubs? Not a big deal, but not "origional"

$500 would be the low end on the bike. I'd probably expect an asking price of $800 - $1000 or so.
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Old 08-27-16, 06:42 AM
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Good size, good color.
As noted, chain stays will tell the tale.
Either way super or Mexico, fun to own & ride.
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I recently purchased a 1983ish Nuevo Mexico. These are great performers with a lighter rider and valuable as a collectors item. The ultralight tubing is not suitable for heavier riders. I wouldn't pay more than $550 for the bike in the picture, unless the frame and major components were damage free, with minimal surface scuffs. In near-new refurbished condition, it's worth $800-1200 in most markets.
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