How to identify a Colnago Saronni

Colnago Saronni
Colnago Saronni.

The Colnago Saronni bicycle was released in 1983 to celebrate Giuseppe Saronni’s win in the 1982 World championships. The frame is essentially a Colnago Super with special decals and pantographs. Interestingly, Saronni actually won the World championships riding a first edition Nuovo Mexico frame.

Saronni’s 1982 World Championship Bike.

In 1982 Giuseppe (Beppe) Saronni won the World Championships in Goodwood, England on a bike with crimped frame tubes. This bike is on display in the Colnago museum. Read more..

Before you start with the identification process, you should start here;
How to identify a Colnago vintage bike.

Special features of a Colnago Saronni.

The Colnago Saronni is essentially a Colnago Super and it is built using Columbus SL tubes although larger sizes use Columbus SP tubes.

Colnago Columbus Tube Chart
Type and weight of tubing used in Colnago Super and Colnago Mexico frames (circa 1981).

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Beppe Saronni Giro d’Italia model.

There was another Colnago Saronni featured in an early 1980s Colnago catalogue as shown below. This model was released to commemorate one of Giuseppe Saronni’s victories in the Giro d’Italia. He won the race overall in both 1979 & 1983. As shown in the catalogue, this model features a large ‘S’ pantograph on the lower head tube lug and Saronni pantographs on both the stem and chain rings.

Colnago Saronni Giro d'Italia
Early 1980’s catalogue page featuring a Saronni Giro d’Italia version.

Colnago Literature.

The following websites have a large selection scanned Colnago literature including reviews, catalogues and brochures.

Article References.

I hope you found this article interesting. I have listed the following website pages as general references.


Please remember that this information is only to be used as a guide.
I consider myself an enthusiast, not an expert. The information I have presented in this article is based on my many hours of online research.

In addition, there will always be frames that don’t quite match the characteristics of a particular model as they could have been a custom build, prototype etc. Note: forks can also be swapped between different frames.


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