Stories / June 2019

Colnago x Fox Brothers for The Rake

The Rake has collaborated with Colnago, Fox Brothers, Stefano Bemer and Vestrucci for a set of limited-edition pieces that highlight each label’s extraordinary craftsmanship.

In 1945, propelled by a fervent passion for cycling mechanics and a love for the sport, a 13-year-old Ernesto Colnago faked his age in order to score work as a welder at the Gloria bicycle factory in Milan. Despite such a young age, it wasn’t long before a bold entrepreneurial spirit took hold and he left Gloria to set up his own company in his hometown of Cambiago, to the north-east of Milan. His father cut down the family mulberry tree to provide wood for a workbench and soon enough, Ernesto was putting his skills to use, building bikes for some of the era’s biggest names in racing, including Fiorenzo Magni, Gianni Motta and Eddy Merckx.   

Since those early days, Ernesto has maintained a fierce dedication to quality of construction and innovation. His eponymous bicycle label is still revered amongst cycling enthusiasts - both amateurs and professionals - for its meticulously constructed and highly coveted racing bikes,  from the sleek Master model, with its steel tubes, chrome lugs and Precisa fork, to the legendary C40, regarded as the ultimate exemplar of a modern carbon racing frame and the first carbon bike to win in the notoriously difficult Paris-Roubaix race.

Yet nothing quite compares to the mastery of Colnago’s latest triumph: the C64. The result of more than two years of research, it features a carbon fibre frame with joints produced 100% in Italy, and top-end components focusing on reduced weight, improved comfort and enhanced stiffness. The bike represents the heritage and history of a company that has been defined by success and innovation for over 60 years, yet at the same time anticipates an exciting future for cycling, demonstrating the advanced technological potential of bicycle design and manufacturing.

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody

Editorial Assistant at The Rake