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Old 05-30-19, 03:47 PM
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Colnago Super: a Longtime dream, now a reality.

I've dreamed of a Colnago since I was a kid. Kid budgets don't typically allow for such extravagant purchases. Then life happened, got out of cycling for a while, now back in it, rediscovered this forum, and the dreams of Colnago re-entered my mind. However, still, the prices I saw for what I 'lusted' after were (and still are) out in the "can't really justify this right now" zone.
A recent post in the "CL/eBay are you looking for one of these" showed a "1981 Colnago Super" at a somewhat reasonable price, with a make offer. I negotiated with the seller for them to keep a few (incorrect) parts off it to help lower the price ($150 price reduction, win for me!). I also knew that I had 95% of the "missing" parts in my stash, so between the seller keeping parts for a lower price, and me having all the parts to put back on, it all worked out great.
So what showed up today is a 1980/81ish (I think) Colnago Super in fair condition. Fair enough for my standards and taste, and something to improve upon as time goes on and/or as needed.
Something that was pointed out in the CL/eBay thread was the Campagnolo Record hi-lo rear hub, sweet! I also discovered that the rear derailleur has titanium bolts, so another score there. Everything seems to be in decent enough condition so this should be a pretty straightforward get-it-back-on-the-road-quickly project. The only thing I am waiting for at this point is a pair of world logo gum brake hoods, and they should be here early next week.
Super excited about this one, no doubt. Improvements and upgrades are already in the planning stages for further down the road. This is gonna be fun!

Pic from the eBay listing:



As it arrived:



oooh, the Hi-Low rear hub......



The parts I have to put it back together, including very nice Record alloy headset, SL pedals w/ Campagnolo alloy toeclips, Cinelli stem and olde logo Cinelli Campione del Mondo bars, Super Record brake levers, Record brake calipers (nutted for now, need to get some recessed), a titanium water bottle cage, a coiled metal rear derailleur cable guide, and even some Newbaums tape from the C&V Box Of Crap:
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Old 05-30-19, 03:55 PM
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Cool bike; it will be fun to get it back on the road.
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Old 05-30-19, 03:57 PM
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That is a wonderful blue on that bike!

Cool score. Congrats.
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Wow. Nice score. Looking forward to the build.
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Nice 'Nago, should be a truly sweet ride once you get everything completed.

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Very Nice sir that is quite a stable of top quality C&V you are building
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Old 05-30-19, 04:30 PM
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Congrats on the find. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do riding mine. Its fun using the D/T shifters.
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Sweet Colnago Jon. I see youre wasting no time gettting it road ready.
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Wow!
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Beautiful frame!
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Congrats! Love the color, very classy overall. Some things are worth the wait and I hope your Colnago delivers.

Curious, where did you source your globe logo hoods? I need a new pair myself.
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Thanks everyone, I'm stoked. I couldn't stand the wait, knowing that I had parts ready to go, so I got right on it. I removed the weird alloy Avocet headseet that was on it, looks like a Model III according to velobase. Anyway, I got the Campagnolo headset installed, and wow, that's how it's supposed to be!

Markings on steerer tube:



Pressing the fork crown race on. Took very little effort, fit on nicely.



Cutouts on the tabs on the fork:



Upper race and lower cup installed:



Yup, using genuine Campagnolo grease on the bearings.







Headset installed and adjusted. OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH YYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!



Put a few more parts on too. Starting to look like a real bike again.
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Curious, where did you source your globe logo hoods? I need a new pair myself.
I bought a set off eBay, seller velostuf.
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Congratulations! Gonna be sweeeeet when it's done.

My favorite part? The tape. Because something from the BOC ending up on a Colnago is just hilariously awesome.
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Very nice indeed! Great acquisition.
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It's going to be a fantastic bike - and well loved too. Great find with the hi-lo hub.

Is it just me but I think there are other bikes that are equal to an early 80's (I'm guessing 1980) Colnago but none better.
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What a canvas to work from.
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Welcome to The Club! You are going to love that ride. Your post made me recall the restoring of a ‘77 Super I picked up 4 years ago and couldnt wait to ride it. That first spin around the block was totally surreal, a dream bike became real. Love your blue, mine is gold. Lovely classic, it’s a crowd pleaser!
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I'm glad to have played a small part in this story. I have developed an eye for spotting hi-lo hubs, having scored an '81 Benotto with one recently. Really glad this bike found a good home and is getting a proper build.
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
I bought a set off eBay, seller velostuf.
Thanks! Another sale for velostuf.

That fork really is sexy.
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I raced a Colnago Super as a jr. in the mid 1980's it's just a great bicycle. They handle great and are also comfortable.
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Some Colnagos are gaudy. Not this one. It's tasteful.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
I'm glad to have played a small part in this story.
and thank you!

Right rear dropout has the two holes for Portacatena drilled in it.



Whoever had the bike before me must have been a he-man, as it's got a 54/42 front, and a 13/14/15/17/19/21 freewheel. Well, it did come Michigan where it's flatter, so there's that too.
I spent a few minutes changing a few things on it this morning. The wheels that were on it need some truing attention, so for now I'm going to run my trusty MA40's with Campagnolo Victory hubs. Still working out which freewheel I'm going to run. Changed out the rear derailleur cable guide and put a few drops of lube on the rear derailleur. I also removed and oiled the dropout adjusting screws, and installed them in the proper orientation.
Once the brake hoods arrive, the rest of initial assembly will take place.

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Portacatena ??... New one on me . Portacatena

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