Ec is proud to offer select lines for the legendary Italian bicycle company, Colnago.
It is a name synonymous with quality, beauty and Italy. Colnago, one of the most well-known and proven racing bicycle companies in the sport, has finally landed in Northern Michigan. We will stock select road and cyclocross bikes from the brand, and can't wait for you to see the passion of Italian cycling.
Colnago was founded by Ernesto Colnago. A bike mechanic and apprentice frame builder by the age of 13 years old, his racing career ended and he channeled his love of bikes to the mechanical side of things. He paired with a local frame builder to learn the art of frame building, and his skill with a wrench brought him a well-earned reputation as one of the best mechanics in Europe. Before long, he was the head mechanic for the Molteni squad, the team lead by one Eddy Merckx.
Colnago's steel road bikes became the ultimate measure of quality and innovation by the time he officially launched the brand in 1952. His frames were winning around the world, from the relatively local Monument of Milan-San Remo to taking the Hour Record in Mexico City.
But success is nothing without innovation. In order to create a stiffer, more responsive frame, Ernesto himself began experimenting with oval shaped tubing, crimped frames and the use of more materials like titanium, aluminum, and some of the first experiments in carbon fiber as early as the 1980s. The 80s saw the introduction of the world's lightest steel frame, the Tecnos.
Colnago's roots in cyclocross run back to the inception of the sport. Ernesto made custom steel frames for his friends and racers from the Molteni team, unbranded and not for public sale. After years of demand and as cyclocross grew in popularity, Colnago gradually expanded its cyclocross offerings. For the past decade, Sven Nys, arguably the great cyclocross racer of all-time, rode a Colnago to more World Cup victories than most brands combined. It is still the most respected name in most cyclocross circles.
We will be stocking the Colnago Strada and Colnago World Cup. The Strada is Colnago's aluminum, all-day bike that balances a comfortable ride with the responsiveness and key elements of their WorldTour caliber carbon offerings, which you'll find under professional teams like Europe Car. The World Cup Disc is their aluminum cyclocross bike, with proven geometry and a great parts spec to survive the mud and morass you'll encounter on the toughest of cyclocross courses.
Be sure to check out Colnago's full line-up of drool-worthy bikes and framesets here.