The Original COLNAGO SUPER Timeline
A history of the iconic COLNAGO SUPER racing bicycle.
Updated: 10/13/2014

1968
- "Super" decal on chain stay
- Fork crown (sand cast) with two holes in the points at each side
- Fork tangs wide, no cutouts
- Club cutouts in all three lugs (sometimes one added on underside of upper head lug)
- Bottom bracket shell with drilled holes (eight in circle plus one in center)

1970
- Fork crown (investment cast) semi-sloping, flat front and back with two holes in the points at each side
- "Playing card" club decal graphics (inspired by 1970 Milano-San Remo victory)

1971
- Fork crown with clubs in top and two holes in each side
- Fork tangs narrow, no cutouts (or rarely no tangs)
- Club cutouts in all three lugs but club in lower head lug is now larger
- Hole in lower point of seat lug (last year)
- Bottom bracket shell with club cutout

1972
- Super Pantografata model introduced
- Black Club/COLNAGO decal on head tube/seat tube (two seat tube Worlds bands) and COLNAGO on down tube
- Fork tangs with two holes (or very rarely three holes tangs or no tangs)
- Derailleur cable guide braze-ons top of bottom bracket shell
- Water bottle braze-ons on downtube

1973
- Wreath seat tube decal with Worlds band at top and bottom
- Fork crown with clubs on top but no holes in each side
- Fork tangs with club cutouts (or rarely two hole tangs or no tangs)
- Club cutout in lower head lug only

1974
- Shifter braze-ons on down tube (available as option before this)

1975
- Mexico model introduced; identified by lack of indents on inside of chainstays for tire clearance
- Diagonal Worlds band added behind black Club/COLNAGO head tube decal
- Diagonal Worlds band with yellow Club/COLNAGO head tube decal used for one year
- Vertical COLNAGO seat tube decal with single diagonal Worlds band at top

1976
- Fork crown with COLNAGO added to clubs on top
- Short Campagnolo or COLNAGO dropouts

1977
- Fork crown with shallow triangles cut into back (no recessed brake bolt)
- Top tube brake cable guide braze-ons (an option before this)

1978
- Fork crown for recessed brake bolt with shallow triangles cut into back
- Brake bridge for recessed brake bolt

1980
- Fluted seat stay caps engraved COLNAGO and straight seat stays (no longer biconical shape)
- Brake bridge with cast square boss for recessed brake bolt

1981
- Chain stay bridge is small spool shape (no longer tube shape)

1982
- Superissimo model introduced with chrome head lugs and new decals
- New decals introduced with Worlds stripes at one end of white panel and club at other end of panel
- Chain stays stamped COLNAGO on sides
- Derailleur cable routing on underside of bottom bracket

1983
- Aerodynamic fork crown

Notes:
Year dates are approximate; changes might have occurred the end of one year or the beginning of the next for example. Paint schemes, panels, decals and chrome varied according to how importers spec'd their frames, so this all varied considerably and there are anomalies. Dates and details based on the Classic Rendezvous archives, the Wool Jersey Gallery, and Colnago and Bikcology catalogs.

Serial numbering only started for Colnago on USA-bound bikes when the CPSC started requiring tracking, etc. West Coast Cycles was importing Colnago at the time and the serial numbers started for their product. There is still no way to determine manufacturing date by the numbers, except that they are 1979 or later....

I would greatly appreciate any assistance you the reader can offer in updating this timeline as this is the only way the accuracy of this timeline can be improved. Chuck Schmidt