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Information on Colnago Master requested

javatimejavatime Posts: 54
edited June 2009 in Road general
I have recently acquired a Colnago Master - bought by the original owner new in 1991 and suffering a little from being stored outside for a few years.

Whilst having the Italian pzazz of those fancy "ace of clubs" cut outs, straight through forks and novel Profile S4 tubes it does'nt seem especially lightweight. In fact as a guess my ancient Dawes Galaxy with full mudguards and rack may well not be much heavier !

I would be interested to know a bit of the history of the model - and where it fitted into the Colnago brand range.

I was also informed that it has 8 speed Dura ace STIs, and a Dura ace rear deraileur, but the rear block is 7 speed and has been respaced accordingly by the owner( and I have all the old spacers) I am familiar with Chris Juden's mix and match pages and use the hub bub trick on my Galaxy, so am looking forward to a bunch of fun re-instating it to Shimano 8 speed !

Looking forward to comments


  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Another sick freak!!!!!!!!!!

    You can't do a post about a bike like that and not post pictures. Are you insane?

    There is a classic and vintage section at, they seem to know everything there!

    it may also be worth giving Mike a bell at Maestro.
  • javatimejavatime Posts: 54
    I am a little perturbed that having only just now joined this forum to be labelled as a sick freak ?

    This is not really the welcome I had been expecting.

    I tried to paste in an image of the bike that I have stored on my desktop but was not able to do it.

    Could you please advise ? I am not sure how the Img button at the top of this page works .

    Many thanks

  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Heh heh, it was only a light hearted introduction! I just love pictures of bikes and posting about a very nice bike without giving us pictures is, well, sick! ;)

    What you have to do is get the url of the image (it has to be uploaded to a sharing site such as Flickr or Photobucket etc) then in your post on here, click the Img box, paste the url of your picture from the sharing site, then click the Img box again...
    It's a bit of a pain sometimes...
  • javatimejavatime Posts: 54
    edited April 2009
    Thank you for your reply, but may I respectively suggest that you do moderate your tone when welcoming new members to the forum, I did feel like quitting there and then and would think my response not unreasonable.

    Many thanks for your help

    ( Picture below )

  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667

    I thought it rather obvious that it was mean't light heartedly, especially as it was followed by what I thought was good advice! Again, sorry if I offended you.

    Fixed BTW...

  • javatimejavatime Posts: 54
    Thank you for your prompt reply and explanation that I fully accept.

    Can you tell me how you fixed the photo to get the image instead of the code and link to the photo ?

    Thank you

  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    It's just a quirk of the novelty forum!

    All I did was paste the url into the brower, open it, right click on your pic, select properties, copy the url and then pasted it afresh using the Img boxes.

    That said, there is no reason why it shouldn't have worked when you did it. But it does that sometimes :?

    Nice bike by the way!
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    One more thing, if you fancy getting it resprayed or restored in any way there is a place called Atlantic Boulevard that specialise in redoing bikes of that ilk. You could have any Colnago paint scheme basically an it will look brand new!

    I'm in the throes of getting a new Colnago Master X-Light priced up myself, can't wait!
  • javatimejavatime Posts: 54
    Thanks for the help - what is the difference between my Master and the X lite ?
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Try this:

    I'd also recommend Atlantic Boulevard if you want a quality re-finish - better quality and more durable than the original in my experience
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • javatimejavatime Posts: 54
    I have some more photos now


    The previous post with the link was interesting, but now I am confused if this is Master, or Master X lite ?

    Any further information would be appreciated.
  • fluff.fluff. Posts: 771
    Won't be an X-lite, which is made from a lighter steel (or thinner walled more accurately) as the name suggests.

    From wiki: Master X Light — steel. Frame was produced from 2000-2004, then dropped for 2005, and returned in 2006.
  • giant_mangiant_man Posts: 6,878
    That's really lovely Master you have there, in your position I would strip it down and get it professionally resprayed. Get into a mint condition. 1991 you say? Getting quite rare now but lovely.

    I wouldn't worry about the weight; it is what it is, a classic!
  • TheHatterTheHatter Posts: 122
    Just for info if you do get a respray

    This is my own Master. I considered a respray but have put it off until a later date when my jobs more secure! I got a few quotes but only Atlantic offered the exact pattern...but for £310 which made the patinaof the existing frame all the more attractive!

    If you do go for a respray this ebay seller is the only place I found that do correct [url]transfers: [/url]

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