Colnago ‘Carbitubo’ twin-downtube carbon and aluminium road bike

In the early 1990s Ernesto Colnago, manufacturer of road bikes of the highest pedigree, partnered with Ferarri, constructors of (more often than not) bright red and (in every instance) blitz quick motorcars, to pursue every possible material advantage in state-of-the-art bicycle design. One of the results of this intense research and development exercise was the Colnago Carbitubo, which was produced under licence and in very limited numbers for Colnago by Alan, another long established specialist racing frame builder.

Quite apart from the Rosso Corso, Nero and Oro paintwork, itself a real eyecatcher, this frame is immediately distinct by virtue of its twin downtubes, which make for a seriously stiff and responsive ride. Indeed, the Carbitubo (not this actual one, mind!) was ridden to numerous successes in period by none other than Tony Rominger, nemesis of Miguel Indurain, and it is rumoured that he retains more than one such Carbitubo race bike in his personal collection.

This machine has been assembled with appropriate components from the first half of the ’90s, including a Campagnolo Shamal 16/16 wheelset and an 8 speed Campagnolo Record group. It is equipped with an ITM handelbar and stem combo, shod with sticky Continental Sprinter tyres, and topped off with a nice perforated black leather Flite saddle. All in all a stand-out ride, a real conversation piece, and an investment likely to increase in value.

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