Ernesto Colnago had a dream.
Build the finest road bicycles in the world, use the best materials available, keep innovating and repeat.
Production in Colnago’s workshop ramped up after that first win in the Milan-San
Remo in 1970. About that same time, Colnago joined forces with a young rider who
would go on to the pinnacle of cycling for many years, Eddy Merckx,. One of their
early collaborations yielded Eddy going on the set the hour record on a Colnago
in 1972. Soon thereafter, the Colnago Mexico was introduced to commemorate
Hands on, with attention to every detail until very recently, Ernesto Colnago never
stopped experimenting. Among his earliest innovations were in the shapes of the
actual tubes, first with crimped tubing designs moving to ovalized among other
designs all in the finest bicycle steel. When told his bicycle frames were not stiff
enough, the Colnago factory went back to work , creating some the best balance
of overall stiffness and rice quality of any modern bicycle produced.
In 1981 Colnago displayed their first monocoque carbon fiber bicycle frame at
The Milan International Bicycle Show. Concurrently, they were developing the
art of manufacturing and utilizing full carbon lugs, mimicking those used in the
production of steel frames for both esthetic and function reasons. You can explore
the current look of this innovative design, carried out to perfection in the
Colnago C60 of today and overlaid in other models as well.
The geometry orientation of a Colnago, like many of the other top European
designs of today, incorporates a shorter top tube relative to the seat mast length
than their American bretheren in frame design. Just a different design and fit
philosophy. That is, for a given seat mast, Colnago’s are designed with a
proportionally longer top tube. There are many frames we see in the pro ranks
which incorporate longer stem lengths (up to 140mm) and virtually zero space
above the top of the head tube( “slammed”).
Whether your dream Colnago is all Italian with Campagnolo drive and any of
a host of Italian parts complimenting the final machine. SRAM, Shimano, or any
mix you can dream up, we can fulfill, making your Colnago build a reflection of
your cycling personality.
C60—(2014) carbon tube and lug bonded frame like C40/C50 but extends Colnago’s
signature faceted star shape the full length of the tube and through the lugs, also
using larger tubing diameters and slightly thinner walls for a frame that is slightly
lighter than the C59
New, never built into a bicycle.
All of our C60 framesets are sloping design.