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Old 07-04-17, 07:57 AM
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Colnago or not?

This showed up locally, and it has a race number tab to make it interesting. But, the only Colnago looking embellishment that was shown in the pictures (besides the decals) is this. Does it look like a proper clover?

And the frame also has internal TT cable routing unlike any pictures of Colnagos I have found. Still the number tab makes this somewhat interesting.

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No it's a bit fuzzy but that particular "clover/club" combined with the mention of a number tab points to this being one of the Benelux-market products that are often attributed to Cornelo (but if you take a trip thru the archives you'll find other names, too). They are usually very good quality frames and in some cases might be a match for a genuine Colnago (I know that's heresy for some of you!) but often these get badged and (attempted to be) passed off as Colnagos. Some may have been contract-built in Italy and imported to Benelux, but most were made either in Belgium or NL.
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Nope. The round stem on that cutout is not right. More pics would likely support that it's not an authentic Colnago. Doesn't mean that it's not a good frame, though.
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I use a 200mi radius on my searches and this one pinged for me also. It's a gorgeous paint job, then I saw that weirdo clover and thought Colner or Cornelo, but that specific lug with rounded stem is made by Martelly.

This is the guide I saved to PDF in case it ever goes away, I've had to reference it a few times looking for stuff and highly recommend bookmarking and saving a copy locally: https://saarf.london/2013/02/19/how-...-fake-colnago/
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Here's the CL posting for the Chattanooga area

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Originally Posted by GravelGuy View Post
Here's the CL posting for the Chattanooga area

Interesting frame.

The stem of the Colnago clover is always facing towards the point in the lug, so this is an obvious fake. Plus, very few Colnago forks lacked some kind of Colnago cutouts, primarily the early Colnago Supers.

Nonetheless, it might be a nice frame.

In my mind, a "fake" significantly detracts from the value, even beyond just black spray paint, so for me, I'd put the value of the frame around $100-$150, although perhaps others would have a different opinion.
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That is a gorgeous paint job, though. Love the shade of pink.
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