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Colnago Nuevo Mexico or Special ?

Old 08-04-20, 05:03 PM
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Colnago Nuevo Mexico or Special ?

Colnago Nuevo Mexico or Special?

Today the gf found this beautiful Colnago for $750 and jumped on it. The owner was clearly a bit confused as to what he had as he told us the group set was a mix of Shimano, Nitto and Campy which was not the case...... all Campy.
After an afternoon of research she canít determine if itís a Nuevo Mexico or a Special.
it has two crimps on the down tube, two on top tube, crimps in chain stays.

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This seems like a first-generation Nuovo Mexico to me, but itís not one of the first pieces. I don't know what you mean by Special, could you give me an example?
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Looks like a Nitto stem to me. Brake pads appear to be Shimano. I see Campy, too. Seems the seller was spot-on

Probably 83/84 Nuovo Mexico. Later version, because it appears yours has the fork crown with short integrated tangs cast in place; the earlier forks incorporated long, separately-brazed fork tangs with a combination of triangular and round cutouts. The band decals look to be modern reproductions. The black plastic cable guide underneath the BB shell is not original and is not required - just run the inner cables through a couple short lengths of teflon tubing.

If that is the original paint, it's in very good condition. In fact, the only blemish that sticks out is the small loss of paint at the top of the downtube near the gear lever. Obviously caused at some point by the front brake caliper striking the frame.

Pretty nice frame at the center of that bike

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Nearly a copy of my 83. Mine is the Superissimo so it has chrome head lugs but with socks on the forks. I would consider replacing the rear cable housing to avoid the housing rubbing the paint off the stay, lug and TT.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Looks like a Nitto stem to me. Brake pads appear to be Shimano. I see Campy, too. Seems the seller was spot-on

Probably 83/84 Nuovo Mexico. Later version, because it appears yours has the fork crown with short integrated tangs cast in place; the earlier forks incorporated long, separately-brazed fork tangs with a combination of triangular and round cutouts. The band decals look to be modern reproductions. The black plastic cable guide underneath the BB shell is not original and is not required - just run the inner cables through a couple short lengths of teflon tubing.

If that is the original paint, it's in very good condition. In fact, the only blemish that sticks out is the small loss of paint at the top of the downtube near the gear lever. Obviously caused at some point by the front brake caliper striking the frame.

Pretty nice frame at the center of that bike

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Good eye ! Yes the decals are reproduced and the paint is original. I guess my reference to the groupset was not correct as I was just thinking shifters, derailing, crank, brakes.
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