Charles wrote: << The stem, in particular, would never have shown up as original equipment on this frame. The levers are interesting, I've not seen that panto scheme before, but based on the look of it, I'd say it goes with an early 80-s frame. >>
That stem...Hmm... the script style 'Colnago' lettering strikes me as being off. Is that something they did?? Combined with the odd brake levers pantographing, it makes me wonder if this isn't some home brewed panto work...
I am trying to remember when Rick Weiler stopped painting frames. Seems like it was longer ago than 1997. Anyone recall?
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-----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Sent: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 5:49 pm Subject: [CR]ebay outing: colnago super
in my usual weekly glance at *colnago super* on ebay, I came across this interesting beast:
This bike is an object example of why I'd love to get a vintage Colnago site up and running, because a number of things about this bike are just not right. The stem, in particular, would never have shown up as original equipment on this frame. The levers are interesting, I've not seen that panto scheme before, but based on the look of it, I'd say it goes with an early 80-s frame.
The milled brakes might have shown up as early as '77, but would be more commonly seen on an early 80s bike.
But the oddest thing about the frame is the fork. With no stampings of any kind on the crown, and the shape of the blades and the bend, I can't help thinking this is a replacement fork.
If it's not a replacement fork, it's the first Colnago fork I've seen from that period with no stampings on the crown whatever. The late 60s/early 70s Supers came with a smooth crown, but there were dimples at the corners, and it was shaped differently.
The repaint looks ok, but the graphics, while seemingly accurate, aren't very attractive.
A more realistic, shoot-from-the-hip price for this bike would be under a grand, but not much under. the rear derailleur, the stem, and the now impossible-to-get orange-tread Conti Sprinters would be nice to have, but don't get the bike over a grand...and that fork makes me scratch my head.
I always wonder in these situations just how much the seller knows, but isn't telling, or if the seller is just spinning what he does know as well as he can...