Looking at the Saronni page in the Colnago catalog on Bulgier's site more closely, I see that the bike is called "Saronni Giro d'Italia". So perhaps it was after Saronni's 1983 Giro d'Italia win that Colnago introduced these bikes.
David White Burlington, VT
David G. White wrote:
> Ben is correct that Colnago made a Saronni labeled frame. I've got a
> Colnago made Saronni-labeled frame in blue (paint very rough, decals
> gone -- anyone know where I can find some replacement Saronni
> decals?). Mine is nearly identical to the one Ben referred to in a
> Colnago catalog on Mark Bulgier's site:
> does not have the "S" on the lower head-tube lug. Mine has Saronni
> pantographed on the seat stays as well as on the chrome fork crown.
> The rear drop-outs on mine also say Saronni. I wish I had all the
> cool Saronni pantographed equipment shown on the one in the catalog.
> My vague impression is that Colnago introduced these Saronni named
> bikes after Beppe Saronni won the world championship for Colnago in
> 1982. I don't know how long Colnago made the Saronni branded bikes.
> David -- too many frames -- White
> Burlington, VT