Ernesto Colnago got his start crafting bicycles at the tender age of 13 with a rigorous apprenticeship at Gloria Bicycles, the leading producer of Italian race bikes at the time. Here he rubbed elbows with other legendary builders Faliero Masi and Cino Cinelli while learning the trade of building professional quality bicycles. Soon Ernesto set out on his own building frames, first as a subcontractor for Gloria cycles and then as a mechanic and builder for professional racing teams. It is with the famous Molteni team that young Ernesto would become the frame builder for Eddy Merckx during his ascent to becoming the world’s most winning road racer. This relationship would drive Colnago to the forefront of bicycle technology. As competition became more fierce there were many pro racers seeking the advantages of a stiffer frame. Colnago began experimented with a variety of tube profiles to increase the lateral stiffness of his frames without adding weight or compromising ride quality. Through this experimentation the iconic oversized, star-shaped tubing of the Master framesets was born and his never-ending pursuit of technological advancement began.
Today Colnago is a global brand with a range of bicycles for riders at all levels of the sport. At Contender Bicycles, our best tools for selling bikes are the people who ride them. Each of us on staff has extensive experience riding bikes across many brands. Peter Barrett is our expert on Colnago bicycles. If you have any questions or would like to test ride a new Colnago please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at the shop.