Ernesto Colnago has always been one of the most innovative, forward looking and also eccentric bicycle manufactures of all time. During the 1980s, he started to intensify his company's efforts on the introduction of new materials and designs. When it comes to the introduction of innovations to the market, Colnago became almost unrivaled.
He also started a collaboration with another privileged Italian brand - Ferrari. Ferrari Engineering helped Ernesto to implement carbon fibre into a bicycle frame design. The first attempts resulted into an introduction of the "Concept" at the 1986 Milano bike show. The prototype was a mad and truly captivating technical exercise, but more importantly it started the whole saga of Colnago carbon fibre frames, of which the latest issue we have seen in this years Tour de France.
The "Concept" was followed by another carbon fibre creations like Volo, Carbitubo, C35 or the ultra-successful C40. In 2001 was introduced another collaboration project presented as "Colnago for Ferrari" and the CF1 model with it's monocoque construction linked back to the C35. But this time the frame was exceptionally light and better suited for a serious racing. Colnago issued a very limited number of these nowadays highly collectible bikes - just 500 pieces.
One of these we present you here. This Colnago CF1 Carbon Road Bicycle is in excellent condition and it has been barely ridden. Whats more, this one has been a personal bike of a very influential man in cycling at the time - Fred Mengoni. This Italian born American was a mentor of many great cyclists from USA. Mengoni helped to kick-start careers of such riders as Hincapie, Bauer or Lemond.
This bike is in original condition and is equipped with Campagnolo Record 10-speed groupset completed with Colnago branded parts like carbon rims, stem, pedals or even the bottle. We have just changed the tires, so you will be enjoy the smooth rolling of the Continental GP Supersonic clinchers with lightweight inner tubes.
Piece of more recent bicycle history which is highly collectible indeed, but at the same time it is a great treat to ride. This lightweight racer (just 7.7 kg without pedals) is capable to measure itself even with the recent high-tech carbon bikes.
|Rahmenhöhe (Center-Top)||52 cm|
|Kurbel||Campagnolo Record; 170 mm; 53/39|
|Sattel||Selle San Marco for Colnago|
|Naben||Campagnolo Record; 10-speed; 26/13 ratio|
|Felgen||Colnago carbon clinchers; 700C|
|Reifen||Continental GP Supersonic 622/20 clinchers NEW|
|Vorbau||Colnago; 10 cm|