With a growing reputation from their racing wins, Colnago plunged into the market for production bikes. S., the early seventies witnessed another bike boom, and Colnago "pumped out bikes as though the future of humankind was at stake." The mainstay of the Colnago line in the 1970s was the Super, followed by the Mexico, named in honor of the successful hour attempt.Other models were added including the Superissimo and Esa Mexico.While Ernesto was the head mechanic of the Molteni team, riders such as Gianni Motta raced on Colnago bikes.A win on a Colnago in the 1970 Milan-San Remo race by Michele Dancelli for the Molteni team inspired Colnago to change his logo to the now-famous 'Asso di Fiori' or Ace of Clubs.Frames from the earlier bit of this decade can be ID'd by paint job as per this site; Before that, might be worth putting feelers out on the UK owners' forum Hope the links prove useful.David It's a master with the three main tubes fluted.From the late 1960s through the 1970s, Colnago was generally regarded as one of the builders of the world's best custom road race frames.
While building frames, he remained much in demand as a racing mechanic.
Colnago built a frame from Columbus tubing used by Giuseppe Saronni to win the world professional road race championship in 1982, and afterwards a short-lived collection of bikes were badged with the Saronni name.
Since the 1980s, while Colnago continued to produce high-end steel bikes, they began to produce bike frames using material other than steel including titanium, aluminum, carbon and mixed material frames.
Ernesto Colnago didn´t intend to run his family's farming business and chosed to work in the cycle trade, apprenticing first and together with Faliero Masi with Gloria Bicycles at 13, subsequently taking up road racing.
After a bad crash ended his racing career, he began subcontracting for Gloria, opened his own shop in 1954 and built his first frames the same year.