Ernesto Colnago started in business in 1954 and never wavered from his initial philosphy, essentially to build the best performing bikes available. Colnago started in a small shop very close to where the current Colnago factory is located. Since 1968 Colnago has sponsored top level road racing teams, and has been sponsoring top professional road racing teams ever since. Throughout the last 50 plus years Colnago has continued to innovate and due to the association with these top professional teams has had the feedback in order to provide frames and bikes of the highest quality. In the past 50 years Colnago bikes have been ridden to victory in all the most prestigious events on the professional road racing calendar.
In Colnago's early years steel was the only choice for the frame tubing although Colnago was always innovating in order to provide race frames of the highest quality that more importantly performed better than most of the competition. Colnago has moved with the times and made the most of the latest technology and materials, As far back as 1987 Colnago in collaboration with Ferrari built a bike with a carbon fibre frame, hydraulic brakes and clipless pedals, some of these technologies years ahead of their time. The Colnago Master (top right) frame is currently one of the most popular Colnago frames and hardly changed from the Master frames used by the professional teams of the 1970's and 1980's, Due to the Colnago Master being virtually unchanged for so many years it has become one of the most iconic frames.
Colnago has used all the various technologies and tubings, from steel, titanium, aluminium & carbon fibre, currently it is carbon fibre that is used for the majority of the range, and as you would expect the quality of the carbon fibre production is about as good as it gets. The accuracy of the various carbon fibre components, has to be seen be believed, the C-59 (pictured left) has a central web down the middle of the down tube to maximise the rigidity whilst making no difference to the compliance. The list of these technologies Colnago has developed is endless, ensuring Colnago frames continue to be one of the best frames available.
The current range of frames & bikes produced by Colnago covers most styles of bicycle, although the quality race frame end of the range is still pushing the boundaries with the latest C-59 being available with disc brakes, in addition Colnago also produce Time-Trial, Cyclo-Cross, ATB bikes, city & fitness bikes. From Hewitt Cycles point of view, Colnago is a brand that still holds true to their initial ethos, producing top quality bicycles without cutting corners.
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