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My COLNAGO (real deal or some fake?)

Old 07-17-17, 07:16 PM
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My COLNAGO (real deal or some fake?)

Hey gang, I picked up this bike from a yard sale and admittedly I don't know much about Colnago (tried doing some investigative work online but still iffy on the subject) so I thought I'd throw my question to you folks.

Is this Colnago that I have the real deal or just some junk - noting that it has Colnago decals (assuming that's a bit odd for it to be the real deal) but it also has "Colnago" and its C actually IN some of its pieces.

Long story short, I'm looking to sell it but not sure where it stands in the price guide.
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Old 07-17-17, 07:42 PM
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That looks like the real deal. It looks to be a Colnago Master mountain bike circa late 80's. I wish I could find something like that at a yard sale!

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I'm no expert, but I've gotta believe engravings in the lugs and fork crown probably wouldn't be easy to (or worth) forge.
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Ask in the classic and vintage forum, they'll probably be able to answer better.
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Can't tell you if its real or not, but its a really cool looking bike !
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Looks like a few of the one-offs that Colnago makes. The bottom mounted chainstay is very unusual. The Canti brakes remind me of bike made for Roger de Vlaeminck. Are there numbers by the bottom bracket? Can you take a pic of the seatstays and the way it connects to the top tube? If that is real, you have a gem.
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Even if it was a knockoff I'd say it's a pretty sweet looking one.
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Perhaps a Colnago Master Gilco mtb?

I found this old listing on ebay. I'm on mobile now so it's hard to compare but the checker pattern is similar although a different colour.

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Post your question and some full view pictures, including all of the lugs and each component clearly, in the Classic and Vintage Valuation sub-forum.
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You'll get opinions from some knowledgeable people about whether of not its a true Colnago, and its estimated value. It sure looks like a true Colnago MTB to me, they are very rare animals.

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Looks to be a U-brake on the rear. I had that on late 80s Rockhopper. Worked really well, but loaded up with mud, dirt and snow right there and it was a bad area to get dirty.
Nice bike... a keeper.
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An 80's Colnago Master. They have a funky seatpost. It's worth some money.

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Originally Posted by Lazyass
An 80's Colnago Master. They have a funky seatpost. It's worth some money.


Thanks. I have learned something new and cool today.
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seatstays pic

Originally Posted by tagaproject6
Looks like a few of the one-offs that Colnago makes. The bottom mounted chainstay is very unusual. The Canti brakes remind me of bike made for Roger de Vlaeminck. Are there numbers by the bottom bracket? Can you take a pic of the seatstays and the way it connects to the top tube? If that is real, you have a gem.
Here are some pics of the seat stay, let me know if you need a better pic!

(As per some suggestions, I'll post in the Classic/Vintage forum!)
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Those are made of Columbus Gilco tubing, one of the first tubesets fully shaped, not round. If I were going to sell it I personally would completely overhaul it, polish the paint and aluminum components, get a period correct saddle, some real MTB tires and put it on ebay starting at $800-1000 and see who bites.
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Thanks for your help everyone! If anyone is interested, I posted more pics in the Classic/Vintage forum with the same thread title
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