Exclusive interview with Mr Ernesto Colnago

30 Jan
A few days ago, I was offered an exclusive live interview via Skype with Mr Ernesto Colnago at Cambiago. Its amazing how modern technology can allow you to do such things. I have only recently started using Skype, but the though of being able to hold a conversation with someone and also have a Chrystal clear image at the same time is quite something.   I must say, I felt extremely honoured that one of the greatest men within the cycling world could spare the time for a chat. Also, I understand, Mr Colnago doesn’t offer many interviews. However, after graciously accepting the invitation, I did feel slightly nervous, especially when you are about to interview one of your all time heroes. I then set about putting a selection of questions together which covered a whole range of topics regarding Colnago.

Well, the morning arrived and I was about to go live with Mr Colnago. However, I am then informed that Mr Colnago’s grandson, Alessandro Colnago would also be joining us , together with Diego Colosio who his the world sales manager for Colnago. Wow, this most certainly was going to be quite a trio! Let the conversation begin! Please see the below questions,
 Q, 2010 was a great year for Colnago and their teams. Also, with the release of the M10 and C59, what plans do you have for 2011 & 2012?

A, Our research and development department are constantly looking at frame technology and design. To be honest, its a little early to say what’s going to happen for 2012. We should know around June or July time.  

Q, Team Type 1 are now riding the new M10 – do you have any plans to roll out the M10 to any other professional teams?

A, Ok, Team Europcar will be riding the C59 and M10. Team CSF Inox will ride the C59. Team Type 1 will be on the M10. Team Landbouwkrediet  will ride the M10 and the Japanese team will ride the C59.

Q, The C59 has been an incredible success around the world for Colnago. Are you working night and day at Cambiago to keep up with demand?

A, At the moment, we have not only increased our working hours, we are also working a six day per week at Cambiago to keep up with demand. We are working extremely hard to get the frames out to our world-wide customers. Also, the team bike are made on the same production line as our customers bikes.      

Q, speaking of the C59 Italia, are the new team colours of Europcar going to be available to the customers?

A, Yes, the paint scheme will be available. Also, regarding the other limited edition colours, the Thomas Voeckler will be available until June/July 2011 and the King of the Mountain paint scheme has now finished. Of course, if we get a polka dot jersey this year then it could change!

Q, The M10 has really taken Colnago into the premiership league of monocoque frame design, how did the M10 come about?

A, The M10 was designed approximately two years ago. In fact, it was the same designer who also created the C59 Italia. With the M10 we wanted to create a frame which would be at home in a professional race and at the same time offer comfort and style. The M10 is a fast and comfortable frame which will appeal to many of our customers. Also, the M10 is painted within our factory at Cambiago.

Q, I noticed the new Colnago clothing collection at the London bike show. Its certainly in keeping with the Colnago ethos of quality and style. Was it designed in house at Cambiago?

A, Yes, also Alessandro had a great hand in designing the collection. We want to offer our customers a quality and stylish product. We are just in the process of looking at the range for 2012 which we may add a few other styles and colours.

Q, The Gran Fondo has been a great success in Italy and the USA, could you see a similar event take place within the UK?

A, Yes, why not. The Gran Fondo is a great way for us to keep in contact with our customers and for owners to get together for this unique event. They are always a special occasion!

Q, Mr Colnago, its quite amazing. You still travel world-wide and recently opened the teams presentation at Cambiago, do you ever relax?

A, I love my work. The only time I really relax is sitting on an aircraft reading a good book. I love reading autobiography’s of people who have come from humble beginnings and have achieved within their  life. My emphasis has always been about hard work. I would also like to say that we enjoy reading Colnago Con Brio, thank you.

Colnago Con Brio would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Mr Ernesto Colnago, Mr Alessandro Colnago and Mr Diego Colosio for their time. Grazie tante! 



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