About Colnago Arabesque Frameset - RALB
The Colnago Arabesque is an exquisite example of Colnago craftsmanship, complete with signature lugs and star-shaped tubing.
In the early 1980s, Ernesto Colnago created the Master frameset, which would go on to be one of the company's best-selling and most loved models in the range. The Arabesque, released in 1983, was the quieter cousin that only enjoyed a short production run of one year. That made the Arabesque a collector's item and the new version of this model promises to be no different, thanks to the signature lugs.
Those lugs are reminiscent of the elaborate wall decorations of The Alhambra, in Granada, Spain, where the Moors arrived and built palaces that featured walls of incredibly intricate carvings - these beautiful decorations have stood the test of time, as has the appeal of Colnago's lugwork. The lugs are central to the Arabesque model and the reason the frame has been re-issued by Colnago.
The new edition of the Arabesque features star-shaped tubing whereas the original boasted a round Columbus tubeset. In that regard, the Arabesque is like the Master but the difference between the two is those distinctive lugs.
Frame material: Colnago Steel With Custom Arabesque Lugs
Bottom Bracket: BSA, 68mm English Threaded
Fork: 1-inch chrome plated steel Precisa fork
Front Derailleur Type: Braze-On
Headset required: 1" External
Seatpost required: 27.2mm
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Colnago Arabesque Geometry
More About The Manufacturer Colnago
Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago in 1954 near Milano in Cambiago, Italy. Instead of following his family's farming business, Ernesto Colnago chose to work in the cycle trade, apprenticing first with Gloria Bicycles at 13, subsequently taking up road racing. After a bad crash ended his racing career, he began subcontracting for Gloria, opened his own shop (1954) and built his first frames the same year. Much in demand as a racing mechanic, he was second mechanic on the Nivea team Giro d'Italia under Faliero Masi in 1955, eventually being employed as head mechanic for the Molteni team of Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx.
The company first became known for high quality steel framed bicycles, and later as one of the more creative cycling manufacturers responsible for innovations in design and experimentation with new and diverse materials including carbon fiber, now a mainstay of modern bicycle construction.