I took a ride out on my ’96 Master Olympic to a bike jumble at a cycling club, and bumped into a trader I know who had a stall there. here’s some of what he had
a nice De Rosa above, this circa ’96 Colnago Master Olympic, though the gruppo is a little earlier ..
a Colnago Dual CX frameset, which I had actually had a bid on via an on-line auction before, but pulled out as it did not have the correct forks, was missing cable guides, and was too small..
notice the Colnago headtube stamp, same as on my as yet unidentified carbon frame..
Both were made for Colnago by Alan.
The trader also had a beautiful Colnago C35, sadly only managed to get a silhouette…
probably the most understated example I’ve seen ( or touched!), Campagnolo Super Record 11 gears and brakes with an original Colnago C35 crankset, the trader seemed unaware of this less tasteful example for $22,500
he said he wasn’t selling his!
I saw a pair of these for sale on a certain online auction site for cheap, alas not in my size !
The Colnago serial number database…..
as yet does not exist.
This is just what I discovered by trying to research online…
the following quote from a ’73 Colnago Super restorer …
“Early Colnago’s can be a bit difficult to determine their exact age because they didn’t use serial numbers. At most they would have a size stamped on a drop out and steer-er tube.”
The earliest presumed date of Colnago incorporating a serial number onto frames is mentioned by Chuck Schmidt, author of the Velo Retro site…
“Serial numbering only started for Colnago on USA-bound bikes when the CPSC started requiring tracking, etc. West Coast Cycles was importing Colnago at the time and the serial numbers started for their product. There is still no way to find manufacturing date by the numbers, except that they are 1979 or later….”
Chuck is also the author of the Colnago Super Timeline , from 1968 – 1983 , and here there is no mention of factory stamped serial numbers.
Here’s some examples of Colnago bottom bracket shells, with the brand’s stamp and clover cut out, but no serial numbers…
On later steel models,like the Master Olympic,
the Spiral Conic slx..
and the Tecnos..
the number can be located on the drive side rear drop out and inquiries to the factory can be fruitful in exact dating, but as yet . this information is not accessible directly online.