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Old 01-11-21, 10:02 AM
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ID'ing Colnago

This Colnago frame was given to me by my riding partner. Size: 58 cm c-c. He picked it up from an ebay seller located in Santa Cruz/Aptos area of CA. Shortly later, he decided it was too small for him. So, he gifted it to me. Was repainted & decals were put on, I've subsequently built it up w/ C-Record cmpnts. 27.2 mm seatpost.
I don't know much about it's history or date of manufacture & was hoping for someone's knowledge here of the 'model/dob' of Colnagos? Decal says:Columbus SL Tubing.
Previous owner hinted that it might be a 'Mexico Model'...dunno ?





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If it's SL it's not a Mexico, easy enough.

Looks like an early to mid 80s refinished Super.
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Iíll recommend the Group, not the venue...Colnago Owners Group on Faceblech!
A lot of knowledge there.
I have a Super, but itís SLX and a bit different.
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SLX tubing would mean you have a Conic.
(one step below the Master at the time but rarer)
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Used to be if the chain stays were crimped, it was a Super.
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Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
SLX tubing would mean you have a Conic.
(one step below the Master at the time but rarer)
Iíll check. The remnants of the tubing decal are under the taillight mount.
It says SUPER (yes, in caps) on the L chain stay.
Iím fairly certain thatís a 27.2 post. Hmm...






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Yours looks very much like my 84 Super, which also has a painted fork (probably chrome originally). Does yours gave a clover on the brake bridge?
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Iíll check. The remnants of the tubing decal are under the taillight mount.
It says SUPER (yes, in caps) on the L chain stay.
Iím fairly certain thatís a 27.2 post. Hmm...
My vote would now go to early 90s Superissimo. It has chromed Master lugs, internal brake cable, a second pair of bottle bosses and rounded seat stay caps. Thing is, with those features it should no longer have SLX but Brain tubing

I'm going to guess it has a Master bottom bracket as well.
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@Velikus - Clover on the brake bridge is not a consistent feature. I have an 83 Superissimo without.
I don''t recall if Mexico's had a CS bridge. Features that I see indicate early '80s likely 83 on if the ST caps are flat. Decals are of an earlier vintage.

1983 Colnago Superissimo on Flickr

Very nice gift! I really enjoy riding mine.
@RobbieTunes - I like your bike! although the color scheme is busy, it works great for me. The colors look vibrant! Beautiful.
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
1983 Colnago Superissimo on Flickr

Very nice gift! I really enjoy riding mine.
Thx SJX...
btw: I had a Superissimo exactly like yours’ (59cm) Rode it for years, Sadly, I let it go to a Forum member. Rock steady ride, even at 55 mph...
I expect this red one to perform the same, although I’ve slowed it down some at 74 yrs/o 😎
Just had those new wheels built w/ FIR Sirius Rims..
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Originally Posted by SJX426 View Post
@Velikus - Clover on the brake bridge is not a consistent feature. I have an 83 Superissimo without.
I don''t recall if Mexico's had a CS bridge. Features that I see indicate early '80s likely 83 on if the ST caps are flat. Decals are of an earlier vintage.

1983 Colnago Superissimo on Flickr

Very nice gift! I really enjoy riding mine.
@RobbieTunes - I like your bike! although the color scheme is busy, it works great for me. The colors look vibrant! Beautiful.
Thanks,
I’ve never even seen one with panels in person.
Somehow, I always end up with the fades.....

Have you noticed the low-grade “fanaticism” of many Colnago owners? (said fondly, and for lack of a better word)
They are dedicated, abundant, and pretty crazy about their stuff. Worldwide enthusiasm.
I’m not a Facebook fan, but the owners’ group there is extremely interesting.
I think the Mapei owners alone are bigger than most bike cults.
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