Colnago: Collateral Collaborations
A Colnago is your membership into a legendary ‘Club’
You could not fabricate a story like Colnago’s even if you wanted to. Ernesto Colnago started his career in 1952, and founded his eponymous bicycle brand in 1954 from Cambiago, Italy after meeting a bad road accident. Call it a misfortune, but when one door closes, another surely opens. The spirit of cycling definitely survived the crash.
Since then, Colnago has built and represented some of the world’s best cyclists, including Belgian Eddy Merckx in 1963 and Italian Giuseppe Saronni through his career from 1977. A partnership which came full circle in 2017 when Colnago announced its sponsorship to Saronni’s then Lampre team; now UAE Team Emirates.
His experience and savoir-faire is responsible for introducing carbon fibre to cycling. A staple in high-performance cycling today. Colnago has accumulated over 7 decades of experience and his latest tinker is nothing short of extravagant engineering.
Colnago's flagship series C64 is named as such to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the company, and is modelled after the C60. The C-series builds tend to be released in conjunction with the anniversary and some notable advancements in Colnago tech.
The series dates back to their first carbon fibre frameset–the C35–in collaboration with Ferrari. Followed by the carbon lug and tube C40 which withstood and performed exceptionally well at the Paris-Roubaix. Even a C50, and C59 Ottanta to celebrate Mr Colnago’s octogenarian year.
The C64, just like its predecessors are built to be the best bike.
The C64, just like its predecessors are built to be the best bike. We are not entirely sure what that means on paper. What we can say is that it’s not about typically reducing weight or maximizing aerodynamics. Although those are definitely no issue with C-series builds.
The most notable improvements on the C64 are extremely refined lug internals, wider tire clearance and a proprietary bottom bracket made in collaboration with Ceramic Speed, which should fit basically any crankset you fancy.
Over Colnago’s career, the ace of clubs has become one the most recognisable icons in the cycling world, and he collaborates with the best to achieve this. The framesets are still built in Italy, so it is no wonder that the quality is remarkably consistent.