Re: Tony Rominger setting the world hour record on a Oval CX bike (as mentioned below). The ebay lister is mistaken. Rominger's record was set in 1994, and in an interview in http://www.cyclingnews.com with Ernesto Colnago, Colnago says: "When Rominger broke the world hour record, I wanted to create a bike that could be used to break this record. So we developed the design and the moulds to make this monocoque bike that would be very aerodynamic and in the end, it became a capolavoro (masterpiece).". Pictured is a carbon bike. Angel Garcia Long Valley, NJ
----- Original Message ----- Subject: [CR]Colnago Oval CX
> CR list reading can really lead to vintage buying adventures (not all of
> which my wife appreciates; all in all she is very understanding). I picked
> up a 1983ish Colnago Oval CX in beautiful condition. Neat bike; kind of like
> a Merckx MX Leader on a diet...smaller, more delicate tube set. Reading the
> CR archives indicates this was Colnago's first effort at an aero tube set.
> There is a COLUMBUS OVAL CX decal so that is who the tube maker was. There
> are "Oval CX" decals all over; along with a distinctive 3 line swooshes all
> over as well; as the bike is silver the swooshes are dark blue, blue,
> turquoise. Nice engravings of CX and Colnago on the frame as well. The brake
> is mounted on the rear of the seatstays (between seat stays and seat tube).
> There is a similar (with some differences) frame/fork on ebay at the moment
> which will give you an idea:
> Interesting that the seller says, ".....same tubing used for the bike of
> Tony Rominger's world hour record bike."
> Looking at the Colnago site for 1983 it says: "1983: The birth of Colnago's
> innovative, unique Oval cx Arabesque frame" (I think they mean two different
> frames??). By the way, it looks like the Colnago website has been redone (at
> least since I last visited) and they have key events by year since
> 1932....the year Ernesto was born. Many good photos, etc. Start here:
> The archives indicate the ride may not be great but it sure is an
> interesting bike. Ride test coming up soon.
> Angel Garcia
> Long Valley, NJ