Colnago Saronni

Colnago Saronni

Ernesto Colnago‘s bikes have carried numerous champions to victory over the years, but there are a few standout stars: Motta, Magni and Merckx, to name a few — not to mention Sven Nys, winner of this week’s Cyclocross World Champs. Ernesto emblazoned Eddy Merckx’ name on the downtube for his 1971 Milano-Sanremo victory, a marketing move he bestowed upon another golden child, Giuseppe ‘Beppe’ Saronni. This example was magnificently restored by Eroica Cicli.

Colnago Saronni
Colnago Saronni

Eroica Cicli are two passionate and well-connected gentlemen who have an uncanny knack of procuring a wide selection of rare, obscure, vintage or NOS parts and complete bikes — all Italian, of course. They specialize in the restoration of classic racing machines and relished the challenge of sourcing these pantographed, period-specific parts. The forks, stem, chain ring, seat post and shifters, even the saddle, bears the name of Saronni.

Colnago Saronni
Colnago Saronni

The Columbus-tubed frame is predominantly graced with Campagnolo’s Super Record group, with a splash of Record at the hubs and bottom bracket. It’s all-Italian, too: Martano rims, 3ttt cockpit and Vittoria tires. Yes, the frame is in top condition for its age: Eroica Cicli had it repainted and rechromed. The best news is that it’s for sale: head to their website for more detail shots and pricing. You can also pick up some NOS Silva bar tape and matching toe straps for your own retro build.

Colnago Saronni
Colnago Saronni

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  • Sme Bicycles

    What a beauty! Wohhhaaa…

  • BfS

    The front brake pads installed backwards is all I can focus on. If I can get by that t’s a beautiful classic.

    • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

      The pads are installed that way as a fuse-like safety mechanism. If you brake too hard the pads fly out. This is to prevent caliper failure due to the stress risers arising from the sharply milled aftermarket reliefs. That is a pretty but very stupid application of drillium.

      Super pretty bike, though.

  • Eroica Cicli

    Hello guys, we’re not looking for excuses here, that’s a stupid mistake. We’ve been preparing our bikes ourselves for over 5 years, but now the company is getting bigger, so we hired our first employee. We double checked all details of his operate on the bike, but we really missed that one. Our apologies. Won’t happen again.

  • Toni

    Also the Italian flag colors are painted backwards on the brakes and shifters. Correct on the seat post.