As promised, the Colnago 50th Anniversary build. The photos don't capture how nice this bike is, nor how well it rides. By many accounts and collectors of Colnago, this frame is still considered one of the best to ever roll out of Cambiago, not that many of Ernesto's bikes still do. It is a reminder that when we think short term profit we can sacrifice long term quality and heritage. Sure some fine bikes come out of Asia, but I'm not sure the passion still remains. When you fork over your hard earned dollars for a fine, high-end Italian bike you aren't expecting to see a made in China sticker on the BB, or do you? What do you think? Does having "old world" craftsmanship still hold any value to any of you out there? When it comes to handmade products I have always felt that the builder leaves a bit of himself in every bike he or she builds. There is an underlying knowledge that exists when a person understands what they are building and why. As opposed to someone that is performing their job. My question is, "What is the value of that knowledge?". Are we willing to pay what it will cost for a small manufacturer to stay in business?
Colnago has eclipsed their 60th Anniversary now, so this bike is over ten years old. But to rest your feet on the pedals and glide across the pavement, you would never know.