I've enlarged the scans and I'm pretty sure there are no holes in the crown.
Regarding the inner spans being left in place, they did that on the drilled Molteni bike as well. I guess they still thought the inner spans were necessary for stiffness/strength. Maybe they started removing the spans once Campagnolo came out with the Super Record ring? Wild speculation on my part.
And regarding the location of the rear wheel on the dropouts, I just tried it on my baby blue Super, which has the same dropouts. I screwed the dropout adjusting bolts all the way in, and there is still enough room left for the width of the hub axle. The quick releases, however, don't have as much area to clamp on to. The difference in clamping area is not much, maybe 4mm total, so the wheel is still firmly attached. But, if you don't clamp the q/r securely, that is, if you get any slippage, you'd be in serious trouble because there'd be nothing to hold the axle. So it's definitely not a good idea to ride your bike like that. Only safe for photographing :) But it also looks wrong and stupid, so I'm putting my wheel back the right way before I forget.
Ray Dobbins Miami FL USA (where we finally have beautiful weather for polishing)
Interesting details on the purplish bike:
- Look how close to the front edge of the rear dropouts the QR wheel is placed. - I think that Columbus decal is cut from a "full" regular decal. We used to do that, cut out the dove iin the small oval and use that as a "coolio" decal. - This is definitely the era where crank dust caps were uncool. - Chain ring inner spans were left in place (not removed ala SR) and then pantographed... - Are there holes in the fork crown side points?
Dale Brown Greensboro, North Carolina USA
-----Original Message----- From: Raymond Dobbins To: Classic Rendezvous Bike List Sent: Sat, 10 Nov 2007 2:22 pm Subject: [CR]High quality scans of the Colnago Super Pantografata Brochure
A very cool brochure, four pages. Besides the Pantografata, it also shows the very rare Molteni Merckx Colnago.
My thanks to Greg Softely for the hight quality scans.
Miami FL USA