Colnago is a brand steeped in history & progressive thinking. Standing on the shoulders of past craftsmanship but continuing to break new boundaries is why we are proud to welcome Colnago to our Jenson USA family.
We are proud to announce that Jenson USA is partnering with one of the most storied and prestigious names in cycling, Colnago Bicycles. Born from a small workshop in Cambiago, Italy, in 1952; Ernesto Colnago’s bicycles were known for their top-level craftsmanship and unique beauty. To offer performance to match the aesthetics, Colnago has drawn on seven decades of evolutionary advantage, and partnerships with technological leaders such as Ferrari.
Ernesto Colnago starts his working life as a welding assistant at Gloria, a Milan-based bicycle manufacturer. Not long after, he starts racing bicycles. His first win comes at the Coppa Gabellini race. It’s followed by a further twelve victories.
Looking to gain knowledge on materials outside the bike industry , Ernesto Colnago meets Enzo Ferrari to discuss working together. An enthusiastic Enzo Ferrari tells him: ” You want to work with carbon fiber, it is a good idea: it will be the future. “
Gastone Nencini triumphs at the Giro d’Italia on a bike with a special geometry tailor made for him by Ernesto.
Gianni Motta wins the Giro d’Italia and finishes second at the Milan-San Remo race. Ernesto Colnago is at his side throughout.
Giovanbattista Baronchelli wins the Italian Trofeo Laigueglia.
Colnago bicycles have always provided winning performance. The great Eddy Merckx rode one to victory in 1971 in Milan-San Remo, and again while setting the Hour Record in 1972. Colnago was the choice of the dominant Mapei teams of the 1990’s—sweeping the podium in the 1996 Paris-Roubaix. Today, you will see Team Europcar launching attacks on the climbs of the Tour de France aboard C60’s and V1R’s.
Belgian great Eddy Merckx wins Milano-Sanremo on a Colnago bicycle with his own name on the down tube.
Eddy Merckx with COLNAGO bicycle at Città del Messico – 25 Ottobre 1972
Franco Ballerini wins on his C40. Over 9 years, Mapei riders go on to win 5 Paris-Roubaix.
Sven Nys vs. Niels Albert
Colnago is one of the few brands to stay true to their Italian roots. To this day, they still lug steel Master Light frames by hand in Italy. Every detail of their flagship C-60 is hand crafted in their own factory—this includes designing and building their own carbon tubes. These are the details that separate Colnago from brands with “Italian design”, and position them as THE Italian legacy brand.
Colnago’s Flagship C60
The iconic C60 in all its handcrafted glory.
To provide a well-rounded representation of the Colnago range, Jenson will be stocking the V1-R—a technical aerodynamic race bike offered with or without disc brakes, the CX-Zero—one of the most efficient and performance-oriented gran fondo bikes on the market (offered in disc and caliper brake, carbon and aluminum), the AC-R—an affordable all-around race bike born from the famous M-10 (disc or caliper brake), and the Strada SL—a hydroformed aluminum race bike for the masses. We have also stocked some 2015 model-year AC-R, CX-Zero, and CX-Zero Disc special bikes to bring you options for your dream Colnago bike.
Aiming to have our complete new lineup of Colnago bikes on the shelves and ready for purchase by the end of February, our crew is hard at work assembling, photographing, and prepping these bikes for their new owners. We are incredibly excited to welcome such a renowned brand as Colnago to the Jenson USA family, and cannot wait to throw a leg over one and introduce it to our local roads and beyond. Andiamo!
Ernesto Colnago and his proud lineage.