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Old 11-15-15, 01:33 AM
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Help Identifying Colnago model and year

Hello fellow velocipedes,

I came across this vintage Colnago and would like some help identifying the year and model. It has all campy parts except for the brake levers and pedals. the frame is in pretty good condition with no nicks or dents, but the paint has come off in some small areas where the metal is exposed. The decals look pretty badly done and dont seem original.

The bike rides much better than she shows. What would be a good price on the market to sell / buy it?

Thank you for your expertise!
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Old 11-15-15, 08:14 AM
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I'd say 1975 or 76 based on short dropouts, fork crown engraving and lack of TT cable guides. Hard to say about the model. Has the frame been repainted?
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Old 11-15-15, 08:30 AM
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I doubt it was a total repaint just by looking at the BB shot showing the club cutout where the rust is rather aged. Looks original there Definately mid-70s at the latest. Decals on the forks are strange but then so is the red coloring. Decals are replacements and looks like the wrong choice? Anyways, nice bike! My guess is you have a Super. If so, you need decals with black letters trimmed in yellow.

Does this underneath pic look similar?

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Old 11-15-15, 08:41 AM
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Ok, I just checked www.cyclomondo for red lettered decal kits and Greg Softely has one listed for mid-70s Colnago's. I still think it's a Super. Here is my later model '77 with a replacement decal kit I applied last July. I hope the bike fits you well because you have a beauty and there arent too many of these classic racers around anymore. Keep it if you can.

Here is my restored '77 Super:
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Thanks for the input. I'd ruled out early 70 s because of the lack of "club" cutouts on the seat tube and top head tube lugs. Also the fork crown has "colnago" carved on them. Colnago features to assist dating 1960s-1970s
the lack of brazed cable guides point to an earlier year though

Also, I read the Mexicos were lighter than the Supers because of the tubing. This one doesnt feel particularly light even taking the brooks saddle and shimano pedals into account.

@OldsCOOL...it is a beauty, your restoration. Do you have a blog or write up on how you did it? I would love to check it out.

Any suggestions on price? I'd love to know i wasn't suckered.

Thanks!
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Old 11-15-15, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by hariharan85 View Post
Thanks for the input. I'd ruled out early 70 s because of the lack of "club" cutouts on the seat tube and top head tube lugs. Also the fork crown has "colnago" carved on them. Colnago features to assist dating 1960s-1970s
the lack of brazed cable guides point to an earlier year though

Also, I read the Mexicos were lighter than the Supers because of the tubing. This one doesnt feel particularly light even taking the brooks saddle and shimano pedals into account.

@OldsCOOL...it is a beauty, your restoration. Do you have a blog or write up on how you did it? I would love to check it out.

Any suggestions on price? I'd love to know i wasn't suckered.

Thanks!
Here is a storyline on the acquiring and restoring of the '77 Super:
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...o-project.html

Not sure what your Colnago is worth but can say condition, area market and bike componentry are factors. I paid 800$ for mine just because these are hard to find so the "bird in hand" adage aptly applied to me.

There is a 4yr old thread that started my (then failed) attempts to buy the bike:
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...pain-like.html

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Old 11-15-15, 11:36 AM
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I did study the pics but couldn't give a definitive year. Pre- '76. Different looking graphics and then the BB shell cutout seem odd. Regardless, could be a gem rider once again. There's another section for appraisals.

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Old 11-15-15, 03:31 PM
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I concur with '75 or '76. Not much later as by '77/'78 the top tube cable guides were brazed on and Colnago engravings began appearing on the seatstay caps. I'd bet your paint is original, but the decals are not. Well, the remnants of the World Championship half-band on the seat tube is original, but all the rest? Nah.

Are there any threaded drillings (parallel to the axle) in the driveside rear dropout? And do the fork stiffening tangs have small clover cut outs?

Nice candidate for a correct reproduction or original decal set and a good cleaning. Don't re-do the paint - it's not too bad and you can see how well OldSchool's paint came back to life in his thread.

Here's a link to just one of the OEM Colnago Super decal sets that would be appropriate for this model/age: Vintage New Colnago Super Black Frame Decals Decalset Transfers | eBay

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As far as valuation, you would want to cross-post here: Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries

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