The Colnago Master X-Light is, in many ways, the definitive Colnago frameset. It's a lugged, plated, painted steel bike with the distinctive fork, tube shapes, and paint that placed it apart from the pack. It first appeared thirty years ago built and painted, as always, by hand in Italy.
The frameset is exactly where it has always appeared in the Colnago lineup. The tubing, DT15V steel, is identical to the tubing they used before. When the bike was built last, it was with a tubeset that was a joint effort between Columbus and Colnago. Columbus isn't making the tubes anymore, so Colnago tracked down the guy who drew the tubes, brought him the dies, and he produced them for Colnago. So you get the same mix of star-shaped and round tubes. They are joined by the same lugs. The straight-blade Precisa fork, revolutionary when it first appeared. And so is the chrome-plating, and the luxurious, detailed paint. Even with all this going on, the frame is a relatively svelte 1400g.
The big deal with all the pieces is how they work together with the geometry for an incredible ride. The straight blade fork is precise and compliant thanks to the rake and internal tapering. The star-shaped tubes resist the torsional forces of pedaling and the round stays keep the bike comfortable. The ride is fast, stable, and comfortable. Great for riding long, great for riding hard, great for riding long and hard. If you ever wonder what the DNA of a Colnago ride is, ride this bike, and you'll know it.
And the paint scheme! The paint applied over the chrome is the acme of Colnago's fascination with fun and funky detailing. Fades, bright contrasts, intricate graphics, its all here.
The frameset sports the same 1" steerer tube, though this time with a threadless steerer. Italian-threaded bottom bracket. 27.2mm seat tube diameter. Room for 25mm tires. Two bottle braze-ons. Plated braze-on front derailleur tab. Integrated seat clamp with pin included. Vertical dropouts.
The Colnago Master X-Light frameset is the extra light bike of yore, 30 years young. Its ride is now as it was then, a joy like no other.
The Colnago Master X is built in sizes from 49 to 65cm in 1 cm increments and in seven colors. We Currently have a 57cm frame in the white, PR99 color scheme in stock. For more information please contact the Colnago experts of Lakeside Bicycles by phone (W-F 10-7, Sat 10-6, or Sun 12-5) at 503-699-8665 or via e-mail at Info@Lakeside-Bikes.com
The Precisa fork was introduced in the late 1980s, and it led the way for all of Colnago’s future fork production. At the time, its straight blades were revolutionary and improved the absorption of vibrations coming up from the ground as well as giving better overall control of the bike. The blades and steerer tube come in steel.
Main Frame Built From Colnago Custom DT15V Steel Tubing
The thin tubes are made of steel and have a star shape. In addition to ensuring an incomparable aesthetic, the shape also provides better resistance to torsions. The tubes are made of DT15V alloy steel which gives an excellent elastic response and is ideal for long-distance riding.
Colnago Master X Geometry Chart
Italian Bottom Bracket
Chromed Braze-On Front Derailleur Mount
1" Threadless Colnago Headset Included
27.2 Seat Post Required