Readers’ Rigs: Colnago Master Bi-Titan
The mid 90’s was a super time in bike technology and today’s Rig is a great example from that era – a double down tubed Colnago Master Bi-Titan decked out with a full Campagnolo set up and period correct components.
Name: Rex Gilmore
Location: Vienna, Virginia, USA
Age: Old, fat, slow 65
Bike: Mid 1990s Colnago Master Bi-Titan
Wheels: Campagnolo Record hubs, Mavic Open Pro clincher rims, Vittoria Open Corsa EVO 700×23 tires
Pedals: Campagnolo Record
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite
Other: Cinelli Grammo titanium stem, Cinelli 64-42 “Giro” handlebars
Weight: 19 pounds (8.6kg)
When did you buy it?
Frame/fork about 3 years ago from long-time friend Wayne Bingham of VeloClassique (PezCycling Nov. 7, 2014) Wayne picked-up the frame from an estate sale and it was more scratches than paint and fork was bent but he knew it was salvageable.
What made you choose this bike?
I’ve been a long time Colnago fan (actually all Italian bikes) and I loved the uniqueness of the frame. While there were quite a few round top tube Bi-Titans there were very few with Master top tube (I believe only made for 2-3 years). Wayne and I knew it would make a great project bike.
Not your everyday run of the mill downtube!
What modifications/additions have you done?
The build was a blank sheet but it had to be Campy. And being old school (both me and the frame) I went for a classic white/black paint scheme and the fork was realigned but didn’t seem quite right so it was replaced.
What components are you running?
Combination of Campagnolo 9-speed Record (BB, HS, SP, hubs, pedals, brake calipers) and Chorus (shifter/brake levers, front and rear derailleur, crankset). 42/53 with 12-23 rear gearing. Where possible component bolts and nuts were replaced with black versions.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
About 4-5K miles year (6500 – 8000km).
What do you love about this bike?
It’s a unique Italian bike. I have ridden most major brands and this is one of the smoothest, most comfortable bikes I’ve ever ridden. The bike just wants to roll.
Favorite riding area?
No one area. I have lived, ridden/raced all over the US and there is good riding everywhere.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
After 50+ years of “serious” cycling including Junior, Senior Cat.1, and master racing there are too many to select just one. I’ve had the pleasure to ride with and know many world class amateurs and professionals all of which have provided me with unique experiences.
None: built-up exactly the way I wanted it!
Rex with his perfect ride.
As I’ve gotten older, even though I have carbon and aluminum bikes, I find myself more and more riding my retro bikes from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. Perhaps I’m trying to relive the past, but it also provides an excuse when I get dropped/passed! Really, I just like the ride and looks of the older bikes and you do not see many out anymore.
Thanks to Rex for sharing his classic ride with us. Got a bike that deserves some glory? Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.