How to identify a Colnago Nuovo Mexico from a Colnago Super (profil)

I get a fair amount of requests to appraise vintage Colnago roadbikes,(which is always a pleasure), and amongst those fine steel steeds have been a number of  questions regarding the Colnago Nuovo Mexico model, (circa 1984).

More often than not the owner has one of these, which were more common, the Colnago Super (profil), which can be identified from one crimp either side and center on the top tube, one either side and center on the down tube, and inside the chain stays

colnago super profil

a Colnago Nuovo Mexico has two crimps either side and center on the top tube, 2 crimps off center either side of the down tube (so dt has 4 crimps in total!) , and none inside the chain stays

colnago nuovo mexico

Rare (rare) Cinelli Laser Track Pursuit

Well, as lovers of fine bicycles, we are all aware of the rare Cinelli Laser Track Pursuit,

this one is extra rare…

“…PERSONALLY DECLARED FROM ANTONIO COLOMBO CHIEF  OF THE CINELLI  ,   HE LET  BUILT SEVEN  SPECIAL CINELLI LASER PURSUIT BIKES WITH DIFFERENT  GEOMETRIES FOR THE HOUR RECORD AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1985 FOR  HANS HENRICK OERSTED . WITH THIS BIKES HE WINS BOTH.  ONE OF THIS BIKES IS IN THE OFFICE OF MR COLOMBO REVISITED BY KEITH HARING . AN OTHER OF THIS SEVEN BIKES WAS GIVEN PERSONALLY FROM ANTONIO  COLOMBO IN 1992 TO THE COMIX ARTIST IGOR TUVERI  WHO RESTYLED THE BIKE ….MR COLOMBO WRITE ” LOT OF MEMORIES AROUND HER AND THE  ARTIST IS A  MITH OF COMIX ART : IGOR TUVERI . WAS PRESENTED IN A MILANO GALLERY …EVERYTHING WAS ORGANIZED BY ME..”

quite a piece…

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purported to have been built for Igor Tuveri, circa 1992,

currently listed on ebay

Krit’s Colnago Oval CX

About a year ago, Krit, a reader of this blog, contacted me with this story and images.The bike in question, is actually purported to be the first Colnago Oval Cx..

S__7594083[2] an absolutely stunning example, said to have been made by Ernesto Colnago himself..

“Not sure if you can recall. We did talk a year ago about Colnago CX that I bought from a collector in US. The one that is claimed to be the first Colnago Oval CX made by Ernesto himself and it has no serial number. Due to extended custom clearance process, I just got this bike few week ago. …I was told by the previous owner that this Oval CX, together with another including Arabesque and others were all trade show bikes that were made for the Paris, Milan and New York in 80’s. After the last stop which was New York, these bike were not shipped back to Italy but sold to a famous bike shop in New York called Conrads, located in Manhattan which was an upscale bike shop. This might be because Conrads bike shop was a major importer of Italian bikes to US at that time but I am not sure if this bike shop is still existed. There was a guy bought these bikes from Conrads and sold them to a collector that I bough this bike from.”

Krit also was lucky to be able to purchase and original Colnago Arabesque from the same vendor, quite a pair to find!

(I look forward to seeing the Arabesque Krit!)

If any other readers have any rare Colnagos , please feel free to share here (or ask for an appraisal ) .