Colnago Oval CX Aero Road Bicycle 1980s

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ID: 21305
Brand: Colnago
Size: 59 cm
Condition: The bike is in very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. Paintwork has been refurbished. All parts have been thoroughly checked and are working fine.
Era: 1980s
Available in store: Wilhelmstr. 91, 10117 Berlin (BMB 02-24)
Product ID: 21305

Before computer modeling and wind tunnel tests in a sterilized lab, the concept of aerodynamics consisted of getting in the drops and turning your cap backwards. Riders relied on the feel of the breeze and their marginal gain was shaving their legs.
Colnago however knew bicycle design was about to change forever when they partnered with Columbus to utilize a radical new tubing known as Oval CX.

Due to its labor intensive nature, and the need to develop precision machinery to accommodate not only the tubes, but also the lugs to join them, bikes built using these Oval tubes were exceedingly rare in the mid 1980s. In fact, Columbus allowed only one master frame builder, Vanni Pettenella, the chance to build these bikes for Colnago spanning from 1983 to 1985.

Known for pushing the limits of current technology from their beginning, Colnago knew they had a different kind of bike and didn’t stop at the tube shape.

Though the science of measuring aerodynamics was still new to the bicycle industry, it didn’t stop Colnago from experimenting with frame features that are now common in any manufacturers “aero” lineup. The reverse-seating of the rear brake caliper was an example of this forward thinking attitude, pun intended.
Additionally, the down tube shifters were moved in closer together and cables were routed internally, to save that extra watt or two.

The impressive condition of this bike indicates the previous owner knew it was something special.
It has been completely serviced and is set up nicely with a speed hungry Campagnolo Super Record groupset, which has been completed by the lightweight Modolo Kronos resin shifting levers. Some of the parts have been also pantographed by Colnago - a fine finishing touch for a very special bicycle.

Not only is this a bike for historians and collectors of beautiful racing machines, but it’s also more than capable of being taken off the wall and feeling for yourself the wind on your face.

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Frame & Fork Colnago Oval CX - Columbus Air Oval CX
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Super Record
Headset Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset Campagnolo Super Record; 170 mm; 52/41
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Record
Stem 3ttt; 10 cm; Colnago pantographed
Stem bar 3ttt Superleggero; 40 cm
Shifters Campagnolo Record
Brakes Campagnolo Record
Brake levers Campagnolo Super Record
Hubs Campagnolo Record; 6-speed; 23/13 ratio
Rims Ambrosio Super Professional Colnago; 700C tubulars
Tires Vittoria Rally 622/23 tubulars NEW
Seat post Colnago Oval CX Pantographed
Seat Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa blue suede leather
Handlebar tape Benotto Cello NOS
Chain YBN hard plated NEW
Seat Tube (c-t): 59 cm
Top Tube (c-c): 57 cm
Head Tube: 16 cm
Standover: 83 cm
Calculate my size Recommended inseam length: 87.5 cm - 90.5 cm
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