I received this note regarding Colner bikes, and thought I would forward it to all of you...seems to know what he is talking about. Stephan Andranian Costa Mesa, CA norris lockley wrote:From: "norris lockley" To: Subject: Colner bikes Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2002 00:32:23 +0100
HelloI'm not amember yet of the CR list, but hope to be soon. From time to time I read the emails sent into the lis and yesterday I found your requset about Colner frames. Today I also found a reply which was 90% correct. At some time during the early80s and the early 90s Ernesto Colnago marketed a "down-market" brand called Colner. I visited the company's stand at various Cologne and Milan exhibitions.. The idea was to have a subsidiary brand that could be produced in larger quantities and sold to a wider range of agents and retail shops, therby leaving the COLNAGO dealerships more exclusive. I started negotiations to import the frames into England but withdrew from the deal when I found out the quantities they required per month, the range of frames to be handled - all models, no choice involved! The final nail in the coffin was that irrevocable orders for the next twelve months had to be placed at the time of signing the contract. The frames were very attractive and no doubt very roadworthy but less elaborate than the Colnago Cx, Arabesques etc of that time. Colners could be compared with good brands such as Ciocc, Pinarellos. Olmos etc in their looks and buils quality - good Italian workhorses. From the front they were readily recognisable by their head transfer- a black Ace of Spades. As for the name Colner well, just think of it ERnesto COLNago.. There is no doubt whatsoever that the frames were bought in and not manufactured by Colnago. Firms like TechoTube, Romani, Simonsini often acted as large subcontractors. It is likely that the brand was phased out gradually as the main brand became probably the world's best known and sought after one. I might have a catalogue somewhere. Hope the above proves useful Bye Norris Lockley
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