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Colnago Master X-Light Competition - 2002?
Owned by Peter Underwood
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From Steel Vintage Bikes (Berlin), more information on The Master
The Colnago Master model line is undoubtedly an evergreen of cycling history. First released in 1983, five different versions of the Colnago Master were manufactured until 1998 (the Master 1983, Master Più 1988, Master Olympic 1991, Master Light 1994 and Master X-Light 1998).
Thanks to this superb frame, the Italian brand achieved the peak of steel frame design, but on the other hand, the Master also represents the end of the steel era in the bicycle industry.
Released in 1991, the Master Olympic shares with its predecessors the famous crimped tubing, designed by Gilberto Colombo to make the frame stiffer and more reactive. Yet it is slightly oversized to add more stiffness. The Olympic also distinguished itself for very eye-catching paint schemes, especially the famous Decor pattern.
(I had heard that Colnago had to drop the name Olympic due to pressure from the Olympic Committe which is very insistant on its property rights of the Olympic name. PU)
Colnago Master X-Light Extra top tube with Gilco tubing - Art Decor paintwork
Dura Ace front and rear mechs plus Dura Ace 39/53 Octalink chainset with Dura Ace SPD SL pedals
Bottom bracket cluster with Dura Ace Octalink bottom bracket unit
Bottom bracket and drive chain
Art Decor paintwork on rear end
Clover leaf emblems on bottom bracket
Campagnolo pantographed ITM stem with ITM bars and Colnago bar tape at 115mm this turned out too long
so was replaced - see below
hoping to get a 3TTT 'Colnago' pantographed stem to replace the one shown above.
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