This red and black beauty is a classic road racing bicycle by Italian master craftsman Oscar Simonato. The Columbus Superleggero frame and fork feature virtually unblemished paint over bright chrome, detailed with black stencil lettering. The many labour intensive touches to this bike include shortened brake axles which have been brazed directly to the rear brake bridge and fork crown, and careful drilling out of the Campagnolo brake calipers and brake levers, highlighted with black enamel.
The polished and internally refreshed Campagnolo Record hubs are laced to dark anodised Martano rims, as favoured by Alfredo Masi during the ‘70s and early ‘80s. The wheels are shod with Hutchinson tubular tyres. The black leather saddle is a period item from the Swiss cult manaufacturer Assos, atop a pantographed seatpost that compliments the similarly pantographed stem up front.
This track weapon was formerly ridden by German Pro rider Dino Gerst, who trained on this bike for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Alas he was unable to actually participate in that event after sustaining an injury shortly beforehand.
This ultra short wheelbase sloping tube bike is crafted from Columbus AIR tubes, with teardrop cross-section. White pearl paint fades from the middle of the chain stays, seat and down tubes to sky blue metallic at the bottom bracket shell, with winding stripes. Pantographed quill stem and 51.151 Hour Record inverted handlebars, both by 3ttt. A San Marco Titano 200 black leather saddle sits atop a Columbus seat post with additional Gianni Motta pantography.
Full Campagnolo Pista gruppo. Magic Comp rear disc wheel. Wobbler front rim radially laced to large flange hub. Vittoria Pro Crono CS kevlar compound tubular tyres. Tyre clearance is really tight beneath the fork crown.
This is a Futura Colnago Master Pista, a strictly limited numbered item from a small batch of handmade Italian framesets garnished with a gazillion multi-coloured polka dots over a white base. This item is a genuine original, bought in person on the night of release in Toronto – not a repaint, nor a reproduction, unlike some other framesets currently for sale on the internet.
Ernesto Colnago is perhaps the best known Italian manufacturer of high end racing bicycles. Over the years, Colnago have gained a reputation for excellence, and have always stood out amongst the competition by virtue of top quality framesets finished with elaborate paintwork and detailing.
‘Futura 2000’ is a contemporary artist from New York, who first achieved notoriety for his graffiti and mural art, later applying his distinctive graphic designs to items as diverse as custom motorbikes, record sleeves and club flyers, even fashion.
Nadir Olivet is a Guatemala-born impresario and proprietor of Toronto bicycle boutique ‘LaCarrera Cycles’. As an official Colnago dealer, and something of an international mover in many circles of fashionable society, he was ideally placed to connect these two singular talents. Resulting in the collaborative project “Look Ma, No Brakes”, also featuring the work of fellow New York graffiti legend ‘Stash’.
As if this polka dot frameset wasn’t already an absolute eye catcher, we decided to turn up the volume. All the way up! We selected an appropriate group of Campagnolo components, and then had them all 24 carat gold plated. The aero seat post is adorned with a one-off hand tooled leather saddle with matching polka dots and the famous Futura 2000 tag. Similarly-detailed leather wrapping sets off the gold plated track handlebars, held in place by a black anodised quill stem pantographed with Ernesto Colnago’s signature. This one-off leather saddle and bar ’Legends’ detailing is the handiwork of another well known American artist with street roots, our friend ‘Toons’ a.k.a The Bike Styler.
The wheelset is comprised of chrome plated low section Campagnolo aero rims, laced with black Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes and gold plated nipples to current-stock low-flange Campagnolo Record Pista hubs. Even the sprocket and axle nuts are gold plated, as are the engraved chainring bolts and crank end caps. The wheels are shod with high-end Vittoria Open Corsa SC Pro Series tyres, with pale sidewalls.
Built with a short wheelbase, slightly sloping top tube and straight fork, the Colnago Master is a responsive and whip-quick ride. It looks as fast as it does fashionable even standing still, and this distinctive build boasts enough bling to eclipse the competition in the style stakes.
The rear wheel was radially laced on both sides for vertical symmetry, and to show the frame and components better. If you would like us to re-lace it with a cross pattern, then we are more than happy to oblige.
The fork shaft was converted from 1″ threadless to 1″ threaded by our professional framebuilder, so that we could install a traditional quill stem. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only Futura frameset with a 1″ threaded headset.
Pimpin’ Polka Dot Pista
Authentic Colnago Master
Gold plated Campagnolo Pista crankset
Hand detailed leather handlebar wrap
Hand detailed saddle leather upper
24 carat gold plated Campagnolo small flange front hub
This Milanese masterpiece is a short wheelbase Criterium racer with a distinctive twin tube arrangement rather than a typical single seat tube. Utilising a pair of chain stays in this innovative fashion Emiliano Freschi crafted a highly distinctive frame, also featuring a vertically ovalised down tube, internal cable routing and tidily integrated ICS gear shift levers recessed into the top of the down tube. The matching chrome fork has an engraved sloping crown.
The sky blue metallic paintwork is in excellent condition, and is nicely complimented by the decals, with yellow and black Freschi lettering. This build incorporates a Freschi pantographed 3ttt stem matched with the correct 3ttt drop handlebars. A pair of Modolo brake levers actuate black anodised Campagnolo Record brakes. The Record crankset is also anodised in black. The wheels feature radially spoked Roval hubs in the centre of silver anodised mid section aerodynamic rims. The Concor saddle has had the padding removed and the plastic base shape further trimmed down before being re-wrapped in black leather.
On a late autumn afternoon under a bright blue sky we took this set of photographs against the backdrop of fallen leaves, before taking this machine out for a fast blast. It is one seriously quick creation, and rides like a brand new bike!
Two decades ago the Deutsche Telekom Team was one of the dominant forces in professional cycle sport. The numerable victories of Ullrich and Zabel were of course only made possible thanks to the close support of their wingmen, one of whom was Jens Heppner. This is one of the bicycles which ‘Heppy’ rode during the 1997 season. Although, alas, it does not actually bear his signature, we have every reason to believe it was handcrafted by the late Dario Pegoretti, as were so many of the top racing bikes of the pro peloton at that time. It is equipped with a period correct Campagnolo Record group and handsome Shamal rims. The bike boasts the kind of patina that an arduous racing season will inevitably impart, but has survived without any serious damage. Delightfully dent free, very stiff and immediately responsive to every rider input, this is certainly a collector piece with impeccable pedigree.
Every decade or so, the state of the art of bicycle manufacture is lifted a degree or so higher than had previously been dreamt of or even actually manufactured. The ’80s were graced with the Cinelli Laser, an aerodynamically optimised racing bicycle developed by Antonio Colombo, Paulo Erzegovesi and Andrea Pesenti. It featured new multi-shape tubes joined with beautiful organically flowing lines, the winglike gussets also being made of hand formed steel.
This is an early prototype Laser Pista from late ’84 or early ’85. It is paired with an early iteration of the Laser fork with a sloping crown devoid of the later Columbus logos, with winged cut-outs at the sides.
The bike is appropriately adorned with a Campagnolo Record Pista groupset and Campagnolo Khamsin disc wheels. The forward sloping quill stem is from Cinelli, and holds a Cinelli 84 pursuit handlebar wound with silver Benotto tape. Pedals are Cinelli M71 hand-release platforms.
For further info about this eminently collectable machine see this listing.
Photos by Tino Pohlmann