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Colnago Master X-Light Competition - 2002

Posted: Sunday 16th August 2020

Author: Peter Underwood

FrameColnago Master X-Light Extra 'Art Decor' Competition - frame no. 88602; Columbus DT15V S4 Gilco tubing (also known as Profilo S4), Colnago rear ends, Campag front ends,.Chrome straight-bladed Preciso forks; Seat tube 58cm c-c, 62 c-t; top tube 58cm c-c; Braze-ons - lever bosses, top tube rear brake cable stops, gear cable stop on chainstay, front changer;
WheelsMavic Open-Pro HP rims on Shimano Dura Ace hubs 32.36 spoking and Vredestein Tri-Comp tyres
ChainsetShimano Dura Ace Octalink 7700 39/53T chainrings on Dura Ace Octalink bottom bracket
PedalsShimano Dura Ace SPD SL
GearsShimano Dura Ace 9-speed HD 7700 STI with gear indicator in rear changer cable
BrakesShimao Dura Ace HD7700
Stem/BarsITM 120mm stem 'Colnago' pantograph with ITM bars wrapped with Colnago cork tape.
SaddleWhite Selle Italia Colnago saddle on Campagnolo aero seatpost
Extra detailsFreuler geometry (extended head and seat tube)
In response to suggestions that larger Colnago frames were not stiff enough, Colnago produced various crimped-tube (Gilco) frames which became their top of the range steel frames, beginning with the Master. Later the Master-Light, Master Olympic and Master Pui. The designation, 'Olympic' was dropped as it contravened the copyright on that name held by the Olympic Committee.

Master Extra-light was produced from 2000–2004, then dropped for 2005, and returned in 2006. It was re-introduced due to customer demand for an all-steel frame. So far I have not been able to find a time-line for the Master series frame numbers.

Art Decor The Master frameset is individually painted by airbrush artists, and Art Decor was born. It is said that it takes a whole day to paint an Art Decor frame and Colnago estimate the cost at £300.
Colour code - AD10?

From Steel Vintage Bikes (Berlin), more information on The Master

The Colnago Master model line is undoubtedly an evergreen of cycling history. First released in 1983, five different versions of the Colnago Master were manufactured until 1998 (the Master 1983, Master Più 1988, Master Olympic 1991, Master Light 1994 and Master X-Light 1998).

Thanks to this superb frame, the Italian brand achieved the peak of steel frame design, but on the other hand, the Master also represents the end of the steel era in the bicycle industry.

Released in 1991, the Master Olympic shares with its predecessors the famous crimped tubing, designed by Gilberto Colombo to make the frame stiffer and more reactive. Yet it is slightly oversized to add more stiffness. The Olympic also distinguished itself for very eye-catching paint schemes, especially the famous Decor pattern.

(I had heard that Colnago had to drop the name Olympic due to pressure from the Olympic Committe which is very insistant on its property rights of the Olympic name. PU)

Thanks for reading

Posted: Sunday 16th August 2020

Author: Peter Underwood

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