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 frame sets paired 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 Emporium ‘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 art of New York graffiti artist ‘Stash’. This is a Futura Colnago Master Pista, a strictly limited numbered item from a small batch of handmade Italian frame sets garnished with a gazillion multi-coloured polka dots over a white base. This is an original frame set, bought in person on the night of release in Toronto – neither a repaint nor a reproduction, unlike some other frame sets currently for sale on the internet.
As if this frame set wasn’t already an 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 gold plated Campagnolo 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.
The 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 wheel set 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, the better to show off the frame and components. If you would like us to re-lace it with a cross pattern, then we are more than happy to do this. The fork shaft was converted from 1″ threadless to 1″ threaded by our professional frame builder, so that we could install a traditional quill stem. To the best of our knowledge, this is the only Futura frame set with a 1″ threaded headset. Serious enquiries are welcomed, and the bicycle can be personally delivered upon request.
The Frame set:
Futura Colnago Master Pista frame and straight fork, no drilling for brakes. Limited edition, designed by Futura 2000.
Campagnolo Pista bottom bracket (ITA thread)
Campagnolo Pista crankset 170mm, gold plated (current model)
Campagnolo Pista 47 tooth chainring, gold plated
Campagnolo track cog, 14 tooth, gold plated
Izumi Standard track chain NJS (black and gold)
3ttt black anodised 100mm stem with Colnago signature pantography
Deda handlebar, gold plated
Custom stitched brown leather bar wrap and leather-covered bar end caps
Campagnolo C-Record headset, gold plated
Campagnolo Record Aero seat post, gold plated. 27.2mm
Customised Iscaselle saddle with aluminium rails
Wheel set and Components:
Campagnolo Pista hub set, 36 holes, gold plated (last current model, now out-of-stock)
Sapim CX-Ray aero spokes, black. Radial lacing front and rear
Campagnolo medium flange rims, nickel-plated.
- Seat tube c-c: 56cm
- Seat tube c-t: 57.5cm
- Top tube c-c: 56cm
- Head tube: 149mm
- Rear spacing: 120mm
- Seat post diameter: 27.2mm
- Bottom bracket thread: ITA
- Headset: 1″ threaded
- Wheel size: 700c
- Wheelbase: 96cm
- Stem length: 100mm
- Bar width: 40cm c-c
- Serial: 8A 222
Pick up is also welcomed from our physical shop in Berlin. Any questions? Please send a message or give us a call at the shop! We’re closed Sundays and Mondays, but will get back to you as soon as possible.
We don’t offer any warranty on used products, and advise riding all older bikes and parts with respect!
We’ve been selling only the very best Italian steel bikes for over a decade now, both online and in store in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.