Friday, June 1, 2012

Il Progetto Colnago

I'm now the proud owner of an early 80's Columbus tubed Colnago Super frame.  I have big things lined up for this blue beauty: I could do the period correct Campy Record build, but that just seems so overdone.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing but respect for history, but those bikes, with their perfect re-sprayed paint and gleaming re-chromed bits and pieces just don't appeal to me. This bike is going to be something very special and very different.  It's worn and used, chipped and scarred.  I'm thinking thinking a rat-rod styled club racer.  The plan is to let the bike wear its scars by leaving the paint exactly as is (sealed under a coat of clearcoat, obviously), with a build kit as modern as it gets:

Chris King 1" threadless headset
Ritchey WCS carbon fork 1" with alloy steerer (for stiffness)
Ritchey WCS 4axis carbon wrap stem
Ritchey WCS carbon bars
Ritchey WCS carbon seatpost or Moots Cinch seatpost
SRAM Red (black) gruppo
Ksyrium SL wheels
Fizik Arione seat (white)
Continental GP 4-Season 700x28c tires
Arundel stainless bottle cages

Finish it off with matching white bar tape and cable housing.  That beautiful matching fork will be going on my wall.  Now I just need to crush some miles so my legs can do this bad boy justice on fast club rides (because it won't be nearly as stiff as the Fuji).  Projected completion date is Summer 2013.

Here's some pictures of the frame.  I'm so excited, I can't even describe it.  I'll keep you updated on the build as it comes together.