To sum up Colnago frames in a paragraph is impossible. The tradition and artistry that goes into every Colnago frame is its trademark. From testing by such riders as Voeckler, Rolland, Albert and Mr. Cross himself Nys, each frame is race proven and designed.
“There are $1 bottles of wine and $100 bottles of wine, and bicycles are the same. You can’t judge them the same…” - Ernesto Colnago
Colnago was the first bicycle company to be ISO 9001 Certified which is an all encompassing certification of quality control on items such as Mercedes to Sony. No other company offers more than 30 sizes, sloping geometry, classic geometry, and dozens of paint options.
My favorite Ernesto story goes like this: “When we built the C40 we were the only ones to build carbon frames and all the mechanics and competitor technicians were saying that they would be too dangerous to use on cobbled roads, especially with the straight carbon forks. There was a company that wanted to fit suspension forks on the bicycle, but I wasn’t going to have suspension forks on the C40. The night before Paris- Roubaix I had Mr. Squinzi, the Mapei boss, on the phone to me raising his concerns about using such a delicate-looking thing. I told him that we’d done all of the tests that we could on the frame and the fork and we were certain there would be no problem. I had to take personal responsibility for what was going to happen and I spent all night worrying about it, barely able to sleep. But when I heard that there were 4 Mapei riders in the break, I knew I could relax.”
The C40 went on to win 5 editions of Paris-Roubaix in 6 years.
For the truly unique bike try a Colnago. You will ride no other.