Colnago released several versions of a ‘Saronni’ branded bicycle. After writing this article, I was contacted by the owner of what we believe was the first Saronni bicycle called the ‘Saronni Tipo Sprint’ (English transaltion: Saronni Sprint type), released in the late 1970’s. Apparently the decals on his bike looks like the one pictured below in this old catalogue image. There are no engravings on top of the seat stays which was standard for later versions.
Then in 1983, another Colnago Saronni bicycle was released to celebrate Giuseppe Saronni’s win in the 1982 World championships. The frame is essentially a Colnago Super with special decals and pantographs and this bike is the main feature in this article.
I was also advised by another vintage bike enthusiast of the existence of the Saronni Criterium which is discussed later in this article.
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.
Images of the 1983 bike courtesy of www.vintagevelo.co.uk
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 Criterium
I didn’t find any mention of this frame in any of my vintage Colnago catalogs. It is not discussed widely over the internet so I presume this model was quite rare. Like most of the Saronni frames, there are none of the usual Colnago markings on this frame, however I presume this frame was manufactured by Colnago as he rode in professional teams supplied bikes by Colnago most (if not all) of his professional career.
The frame is quite easy to identify as both the top and down tubes have a round-oval-round profile, but this is a little hard to see in the photos.
Of the three examples I have found online, the frame and forks are fully painted with no chrome plating. The frame size is stamped under the bottom bracket which is different to other frames manufactured by Colnago of the same era. No braze-on front derailleur mount on seat post. One set of biddon cage bolts on the down tube only.
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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