Last week I bought this bike that I was thinking about for some time. It was not advertised as a Colnago, I just hoped so. I went with my 3 year old son and as he fell asleep on the way there, he was really sour when we arrived and he had to wake up and get out. This made it a bit difficult to inspect the bike, but I bought it anyway.
When I came home, I looked at it again a bit more carefull and I don't think it is a Colnago, but interesting anyway. I hope you can help me indentify what I actually bought!
OK, this is what I know at this moment. It is a steel lugged frame, with all the lugs except the bottom one chromed. All the stickers make it a Colnago Super, including the Italian Columbus sticker on the seattube and the Columbus sticker on the fork. Also the only handlebar end plug is carrying the Colnago logo!
The stem and handlebar are Cinelli, although I doubt these are original. The bike has for the rest the full Shimano 600EX group (6207) that looks original and is suppost to be from 84 (ADFC) or 84-87 according to Velobase. Only the brake levers are RX100's, but maybe not original.
The 6 speed cassette is from Maillard. Hubs are both Dura-Ace and the rims are Mavic E2's. Seatpost is a Laprade with the Rolls saddle.
Now some particulars that are also partly on the pictures which may help to positivily identify this bike. On the Bottom bracket is stamped Champion Tange, which designates the tubes used, and in my opinion rules out a Colnago. Forged dropouts on the frame say Suntour. The dropouts on the frok say Tange-TF-R. It is of course possible that this is a replacement fork.
The picture of the inside of the fork look very much like the C2 crown used on the mid 80's high-end Panasonic bikes (see picture). This is the same for the particular way of the seatstays connecting to the seattube. Mostly this is welded to the side, here they are lugged as well (see picture). Some Panasonic bikes from 82 and 83 had this. Last detail is the star/square plates used on the frame at the waterbottle mounts (see picture). The same can be found on the connection on the connecting tube between the seatstays that also has the hole for the rearbrakes (see picture).
The red paint seems original. The chromed rear fork on both sides seems particular too. The separating tape between the chrome parts and the painted parts look similar to some Panasonics. Although it looks like a Panasonic, I coulkd not find a similar model in the brochures from 78 to 89. Schwinn used panasonic frames as well, but these were more trekking bikes. The frame has no mounting eyes for racks etc, although the space bewteen the tire and the frame is pretty big. Maybe the original tires were bigger. I also thought about a Centurion, but could not find a similar model. I have yet to find a serial number on it.
I know this is very long story, but I really like to find out what it is! Now for the pictures.....