Early 90′s Colnago Master Columbus Gilco Tubing MTB

The late 80′s and early 90′s saw a lot of serious shred sleds, many of which have become icons in the vintage MTB world. This is one of those icons, the early 90′s Colnago Master. These bikes were the epitome of Italian design and fabrication, notoriously behind the times when it came to tech – hence the chainstay mounted rear u-brake, but made with the same precision as their road-equivalence.

Using Columbus Gilco tubing and an arabesque seat tube cluster, the Masters are still some of the most iconic MTBs, over 20 years later.

The owner, Ray bought it off eBay, as is – sans the Campy QR, grips, pedals and computer. It’s immaculate and the details are just so wild, right down to the Shimano XT drivetrain, which is arguably better than the Italian counterpart… When I saw it atop of his caravan at the ATOC, I politely asked if I could photograph it.

  • Eric Baumann

    this thing is AWESOME

  • Chris van der Kaap

    you’re sure the car it was mounted on was not a deLorean?!

  • Andrew Wise

    Haha, power grips.

  • Ted Barbeau

    That stem is both beautiful and terrifying all at the same time.

  • Zachery Small

    We did a restoration of one of these frames at Joe Bell’s shop, it had the full campy mountain group. These frames are soooo heavy, definitely pigs with lipstick.

  • Chief Brody

    The sharkfin took me back to me teenage years.

  • Giovanni Jimenez

    What a babe

  • boomforeal

    hot little number, nice to see such things still being ridden

    that’s a u-brake out back john, btw, not a v-brake – which would seem to date the bike from the late 80′s?

    if it is from the 90′s, the italians were seriously behind the times…

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Yep you’re right

  • Morgan Taylor

    Time capsule. So sweet.

  • Maciek
    • Powell

      my brain just exploded

  • Richard Smith

    It’s so ugly it’s cool.

  • http://saarf.net saarf(saarf.net)

    I renovated mine in saronni tred, with chrome lugging and campagnolo olympus mtb gruppo

    • http://saarf.net saarf(saarf.net)

      with Tioga Psychos and Mavic sup ceramics

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  • Tim David

    Ah back in the day!
    That bike would have been laughed at by the mountain bike world of 1990. Very uncool.

    It was the sort of bike a rich middle age roadie was supposed to buy. That niche wasn’t as massive as it is now.

  • Tony Pereira

    that pie plate! no!

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      hahaha I said the same thing