There were, of course, the Olympic games of 1968 which saw many old Records pulverised and crumbled. At the end of the same year, Ole Ritter set a new world hour Record in Mexico.
The partly responsible thin air at this altitude was also one of the reasons for which cycling prodigy Eddy Merckx had his attempt at the hour there, in 1972.
Manufactured to celebrate his record, the Colnago Mexico is one of the most iconic bikes that left Ernesto's legendary factory.
The Colnago Mexico was slightly different from the Colnago Super - built with a slightly different, lighter Columbus tubing - but it shared the aggressive racing geometry: short, agile and pretty stiff.
This Colnago Mexico frame from the 1981 comes with a unique copper plating. Usually copper was used as the foundation layer for chrome. But in this case the copper is naked and shines in its typical red.
What else could make a frame like this more perfect? A top class groupset, of course. In our case it is the top notch Campagnolo Super Record. A top class set of bike jewellery.
On top there are some sweet extras like the pantographs on the crank, stem and hubs.
When one of the coolest Colnago bikes meets a nice Campagnolo groupset, then it is a perfect match.
Take this bike wherever you like. A machine that will age interestingly and draw attention like few others.
|Rahmenhöhe (Center-Top)||55 cm|
|Schalthebel||Campagnolo Record; milled|
|Kurbel||Campagnolo Super Record; 170mm; 52/42, pantographed|
|Sattel||Selle San Marco Concor|
|Naben||Campagnolo Record; pantographed; Freewheel 14-20|
|Felgen||Super Champion Oro; 700c tubular|
|Vorbau||3ttt; 110mm; pantographed|