Colnago marks founder's 85th birthday with unique special edition

Ottanta5 comes with Campag Super Record and Bora Ultra 50 wheels

There was only ever going to be one way that Ernesto Colnago celebrated his 85th birthday — with a very special limited-edition road bike bearing his name. How special? Well take a look at these pics.

Ernesto's signature replaces the Colnago stickers on the down tube
Ernesto's signature replaces the Colnago stickers on the down tube

The images, courtesy of UK retailer Sigma Sport, reveal that the new Ottanta5 is based on the Italian marque's C60 carbon frame, hand painted in a silver metallic gloss and featuring Ernesto's signature on the down tube.

Campagnolo Bora 50 wheels with Vittoria Corsa tyres complete the package
Campagnolo Bora 50 wheels with Vittoria Corsa tyres complete the package

The frame comes equipped with a mix of high-end parts like Campagnolo Super Record EPS, Bora Ultra 50 wheels shod with Vittoria Corsa tyres and matching Ottanta5 handlebars and stem.

The original Colnago logo from 1954 can be found on the head tube
The original Colnago logo from 1954 can be found on the head tube

Colnago says the new bike is a "nod to the glorious past of Colnago", which can be seen in the original Colnago logo from 1954 and the use of star-shaped lugs that were first seen on the iconic Master frame.

The Colnago Ottanta5 will be limited to just 85 bikes and comes in no fewer than 19 different sizes. Price? A very spendy £9,999 / $TBC.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Brompton M3L
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Moots Routt
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