On Nov 19, 2007 7:35 PM, Raymond Dobbins <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> By the way, I don't know if this has been discussed before, but my friend
> tells me that Ernesto Colnago launched the Colner line in order to get
> around a rule at the time that limited a manufacturer to sponsorship of a
> single team. Has anybody heard this before?
> I've heard that before (on the list, I think), but am now questioning that theory since having obtained a copy of the Colnago book from 1986. In the book, Colner is referenced as a competitor from Bologna rather than a venture of Ernesto's.
To add to the confusion, I've seen photos of Colners with the world-championship bands on the seat tubes saying " Product Colnago" on some frames and "Product Velosport" on others. Are the "Product Colnago" transfers fake? I've read somewhere that Ernesto was getting tired of so many fake Colnagos being made that he decided to make it difficult on the fakers by adopting "fancy" paint schemes on his bikes rather than just using easily-copied transfers. Anyways, that's my jumbo of thoughts on this matter... :-)
Have a look at these two seat tubes:
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