Colnago Super retinato
The Colnago Super is one of the most influential road bikes of all time. Colnago’s road racing legend started in 1968 with the Super, a Columbus-tubed race specific road bike that first featured the now-infamous Colnago “Asso di Fiori”, or “Ace of Clubs”. This logo defined multiple Colnagos ridden by the likes of Eddy Merckx and Giuseppe Saronni, and it continues to define their road bikes today.
Upon introduction, the Super was lighter, more compact, and aggressive than nearly any other bike. It had a low head tube, shorter chainstays, and a compact top tube. That made for a bike that, compared to the long-wheelbase competition, traded straight-line comfort for nimbleness, low weight, and steering precision. More than anything, it’s geometry inspired the geometry of several other companies looking to make a bike that could touch the Super.
Made of Columbus SL steel tubes – with a shorter, stiffer and lighter frame – the Colnago Super was designed for high-performance. Since its launch, many racing bicycles have been built with a geometry inspired by it.
Our Colnago Super dates back to the 1980s and thus is one of the later versions. It sports the typical ‘retinato’ paint scheme which was ubiquitous in the Colnago catalogues of these years.