The Colnago International bicycle was first listed in a circa 1986 Colnago catalogue. It was sold as a complete bike fitted with a Ofmega Premier group and just like the Colnago Super, it was built using Columbus SL tubes (according to the catalogue).
The following year (1987 catalogue), it appears the International was renamed as the Colnago Classic International and was now offered as a complete bike or as a frameset. However, the frame was now built using a mix of Columbus SL tubes and slightly heavier Columbus Cromor tubes. Presumably this was done to create a lower price point for the Colnago Classic International. I presume it probably shared similar geometry to the Colnago Super.
Before you start with the identification process, you should start here;
How to identify a Colnago vintage bike.
Features of a Colnago International.
These images are a mix of two mid 1980’s International bikes to show the general features of the Colnago International.
Images courtesy of www.steel-vintage.com
What about the Colnago Super Sprint?
The Colnago Classic International was dropped from the 1988 catalogue and appears to have been reborn as the Colnago Super Sprint (definitely a more catchy name). Like the Colnago Classic International, this model was built from a mix of Columbus SL and Columbus Cromor tubing. One year later in Colnago’s 1989 catalogue, the Colnago Super Sprint was pictured with chrome plated head tube lugs.
If you look at the top left side of the bottom bracket, you will find the frame stamped with either the word ‘SPRINT’ or the word ‘CROMOR’. Examples of the stamping appear below.
If you want to see detailed images of a Colnago frame with ‘SPRINT’ stamped on the bottom bracket, please refer to this article on the LFGSS website.
Here are images of the Colnago frame stamped with ‘CROMOR’ in above photo.
The following websites have a large selection scanned Colnago literature including reviews, catalogues and brochures.
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.
I have been riding and working on my own bikes for many years now. I wanted to share my experiences, knowledge and research with others. My aim is to inspire people to get involved in all aspects of this amazing sport. Cheers.
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